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Italy Serie A

Stadio Olimpico (ATT 37,000) 16th September 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: M Guida

Roma Roma vs Bologna Bologna

Roma 2

A Florenzi (6)
E Lamela (16)


Bologna 3

A Gilardino (72, 90)
A Diamanti (73)

Bologna bounce back to stun Roma

Last Updated: 16/09/12 5:16pm

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Gilardino celebrates his late winner

Gilardino celebrates his late winner

Bologna came from two goals down to claim their first points of the Serie A season with a 3-2 victory over shellshocked Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Giallorossi looked to be cruising when Alessandro Florenzi and Erik Lamella struck in the first 15 minutes, but two goals in as many second-half minutes from Alberto Gilardino and Alessandro Diamanti brought Bologna back on level terms.

And there was one final twist in the dying seconds when Gilardino grabbed his second of the match after an embarrassing mix-up in the Roma defence.

Roma had gone into the match unbeaten in the league and got off to the best possible start with a goal after six minutes from Florenzi, who headed home the rebound after Francesco Totti had hit the post from 35 yards.

Diamanti saw his attempt at an equaliser saved by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and the home side took advantage by adding a second on the quarter hour with an unstoppable right-footed shot from Lamela.

Roma had the ball in the back of the net for a third time after 32 minutes but Mattia Destro was deemed to be offside when he hit his shot from inside the box.

Totti also went close with a lob which skimmed the crossbar as the interval approached.

Roma continued to rule the roost at the start of the second half and visiting goalkeeper Federico Agliardi did well to turn away a cross-shot from Totti.

Stekelenburg was also on his guard at the other end when punching away a drilled effort from Gilardino.

And the momentum began to swing Bologna's way when they scored twice in two minutes.

Gilardino grabbed the first after 72 minutes, heading home a cross from Nico Pulzetti, and the striker turned provider moments later for Diamanti to tuck the ball into the bottom right corner.

Roma struggled to recover from the double blow and they were hit by a final sucker punch in the dying seconds when Stekelenburg collided with team-mate Nicolas Burdisso allowing Gilardino to cap a remarkable second-half display with an easy tap-in.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 38 102
2 Roma 38 85
3 Napoli 38 78
4 Fiorentina 38 65
5 Inter Milan 38 60
6 Parma 38 58
7 Torino 38 57
8 AC Milan 38 57
9 Lazio 38 56
10 Verona 38 54
11 Atalanta 38 50
12 Sampdoria 38 45
13 Udinese 38 44
14 Genoa 38 44
15 Cagliari 38 39
16 Chievo 38 36
17 Sassuolo 38 34
18 Catania 38 32
19 Bologna 38 29
20 Livorno 38 25