Roma miss a chance to go top; Bologna snatch point
MILAN: There were three second-half penalties as AS Roma drew 2-2 at Bologna after conceding a late equalizer yesterday, missing the chance to top Serie A after a contest heavily affected by rain and a waterlogged pitch. Mattia Destro came back to haunt his former club with an 87th minute equalizer from the penalty spot for the hosts after substitute Vasilis Torosidis, duped by the run of the ball on the wet pitch, brought down Emanuele Giaccherini.
Bologna had taken the lead after 14 minutes when Adam Masina fired past Wojciech Szczesny as Roma’s defenders failed to clear their lines following a set piece, but the visitors fought back through two penalties. Miralem Pjanic equalized in the 52nd minute, squeezing the ball beneath Antonio Mirante, after Anthony Mounier handled Alessandro Florenzi’s cross, and Edin Dzeko gave Roma the lead 20 minutes later when Juan Iturbe was felled by Luca Rossettini. The draw takes Roma up to second, level on 27 points with leaders Fiorentina and third-placed Inter Milan, who play Empoli and Frosinone respectively today. Bologna move up to 15th place on 13 points.— Reuters