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Italian Serie A

Renato Dall'Ara (ATT 15,800) 4th November 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Bergonzi

Bologna Bologna vs Chievo Chievo

Bologna 0


Chievo 0

Bologna and Chievo fire blanks

Last Updated: 04/11/13 10:34pm

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Alessandro Diamanti gets in a shot for Bologna

Alessandro Diamanti gets in a shot for Bologna

Bologna and Chievo played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw in Serie A at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on Monday evening.

The hosts dominated possession but lacked the finishing touch against a Chievo side that failed to test home goalkeeper Gianluca Curci until the 81st minute.

The outcome extended Bologna's unbeaten run to three games and handed the struggling visitors their first point in seven matches.

Chievo remained at the foot of the standings, while Bologna climbed to 16th place.

The hosts went into the clash on the back of two straight wins but failed to reproduce the form that saw them prevail 3-0 at Cagliari last time out.

Neither goalkeeper had a save to make in the opening half.

Chievo bossed the early exchanges but found it hard work breaking down Bologna's well-organised defence.

The home side were first to threaten in the 26th minute, when Jonathan Cristaldo got his head to Alessandro Diamanti's cross and his powerful effort went just wide of the far post.

Bologna continued to press forward, Michele Pazienza nodding Diamanti's cross goalwards before half-time but failing to test Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni.

The hosts picked up where they left off after the interval and wasted a fine opportunity to break the deadlock in the 56th minute, Panagiotis Kone latching onto Archimede Morleo's ball into the box but lashing a left-footed effort wide of the far post.

Cristaldo then went close with a bullet strike from 30 yards, but Puggioni produced a solid save.

On the hour mark, Frederik Sorensen met Diamanti's free-kick but could only direct his header harmlessly over the bar.

Puggioni kept out Davide Moscardelli's stinging 30-yard drive 12 minutes from time as Bologna continued to search in vain for the opener.

Three minutes later, Puggioni's opposite number Curci was finally given some work to do and was equal to the task of keeping out substitute Boadu Acosty's 12-yard left-footed shot, but both teams were running out of steam and settled for a point.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 25 58
2 Roma 25 49
3 Napoli 25 45
4 Lazio 25 43
5 Fiorentina 25 42
6 Sampdoria 25 39
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Torino 25 36
9 Inter Milan 25 35
10 AC Milan 25 34
11 Palermo 25 34
12 Sassuolo 25 29
13 Udinese 24 28
14 Empoli 25 28
15 Verona 25 28
16 Chievo 25 25
17 Atalanta 25 23
18 Cagliari 25 20
19 Cesena 25 19
20 Parma 23 10