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Renato Dall'Ara 27th October 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: P Tagliavento

Bologna Bologna vs Livorno Livorno

Bologna 1

J Crespo (3)

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Livorno 0

Bologna claim first win

Last Updated: 27/10/13 5:30pm

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Jose Angel Crespo celebrates.

Jose Angel Crespo celebrates.

Bologna's unwanted record of being the only team in Serie A without a victory this season came to an end on Sunday as they defeated Livorno 1-0 to move off the foot of the table.

Stefano Pioli's men were without a league win since May 12, having lost five and drawn the other three of their opening eight games this season, but they were finally able to celebrate a three-point haul thanks to Jose Angel Crespo's early goal.

The former Spain Under-21 international netted what would prove to be the match winner after just three minutes when he slotted home from close range following a goalmouth scramble.

Livorno, hoping to avoid a fourth successive defeat, came close to an immediate response when Emerson's left-footed effort from outside the box was superbly saved by Gianluca Curci as it arrowed towards the top corner.

That exciting start to the match did not continue though, and for the remainder of the first half neither goalkeeper had anything more serious to do than watching long-range efforts sail harmlessly off-target.

Both teams looked to have rediscovered their shooting boots during the half-time break though, with Curci being called into action just 60 seconds after the restart to keep out Andrea Luci's shot.

A brilliant last-gasp Pasquale Schiattarella tackle then prevented Alessandro Diamanti putting Bologna 2-0 up, before the Livorno midfielder showed his ability at the other end of the field with an audacious long-range effort that went just over after he had spotted Curci off his line.

Visiting goalkeeper Francesco Bardi was called into action in the 67th minute to block Cesare Natali's shot and two minutes later he produced another vital stop to keep out Diamanti's header.

Livorno continued to push for the equaliser in the closing stages but Luca Siligardi and Diamanti both saw shots from distance skim the crossbar before Paulinho's curling free-kick just went over as Bologna held on for a morale-boosting win.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7