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Renato Dall'Ara (ATT 19,000) 23rd September 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Romeo

Bologna Bologna vs Pescara Pescara

Bologna 1

A Gilardino (9)


Pescara 1

J Quintero (40)

Pescara ride Perin red

Last Updated: 23/09/12 5:45pm

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Mattia Perin: Sent off

Mattia Perin: Sent off

Pescara survived the second-half dismissal of goalkeeper Mattia Perin to hold on for their first point of the season from a 1-1 draw at Bologna.

Perin received a straight red card in the 63rd minute when he brought down Alberto Gilardino in the area, but Bologna failed to capitalise as substitute goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli guessed right to save Alessandro Diamanti's spot-kick.

Gilardino had earlier given the hosts the lead in the ninth minute, but Juan Quintero's stunning 40th-minute free-kick proved sufficient for promoted Pescara to snap their three-game losing streak at the start of the season.

Pescara's dismal start to the new season looked like continuing when Bologna went ahead with their first real attack as the unmarked Gilardino collected the ball near the six-yard box from Diamanti's cross and confidently fired home.

Panagiotis Kone went close to adding Bologna's second in the 15th minute when he let fly with an effort that seemed destined for the top-right corner until Perin intercepted.

Pescara were far from being overawed, however, and carved out an equaliser five minutes before the break when Quintero curled home a wonderful free-kick from all of 35 yards beyond the grasp of Federico Agliardi.

The major drama was reserved for the second half, as shortly after the hour mark Perin received his marching orders for crudely ending the run of Gilardino when the striker was through on goal.

An inevitable delay followed as striker Gianluca Caprari was withdrawn to allow Pelizzoli to replace Perin between the sticks, and that was time enough for doubt to enter Diamanti's mind and the stand-in goalkeeper duly saved his penalty in the bottom-right corner.

Bologna's frustration increased as the clock ticked down, as they dominated possession without creating any real clear-cut chances.

The closest they came to grabbing the win arrived in the 78th minute when Gilardino worked a shooting chance inside the area but Pelizzoli was again the hero as he made a good low save.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 38 87
2 Roma 38 70
3 Lazio 38 69
4 Fiorentina 38 64
5 Napoli 38 63
6 Genoa 38 59
7 Sampdoria 38 56
8 Inter Milan 38 55
9 Torino 38 54
10 AC Milan 38 52
11 Palermo 38 49
12 Sassuolo 38 49
13 Verona 38 46
14 Chievo 38 43
15 Empoli 38 42
16 Udinese 38 41
17 Atalanta 38 37
18 Cagliari 38 34
19 Cesena 38 24
20 Parma 38 19