Serie A - Classy Bologna beat Fiorentina
Bologna extended their unbeaten run in Serie A to seven matches with a 2-0 over Fiorentina at the Stadio Dall-Ara.
First-half goals from Alessandro Diamanti and Gaston Ramirez were enough to inflict a second straight defeat on La Viola, who lost 3-0 at home to Napoli last time out.
To make matters worse for Fiorentina, they had Ruben Olivera sent off early in the second half for a forearm smash on Diamanti.
Bologna's reward for claiming back-to-back victories over Internazionale and Fiorentina is a move up to 13th in the table, one place behind Fiorentina on goal difference. The Rossoblu are now seven points above the relegation zone after recording their fifth clean sheet in seven games.
It was Fiorentina who began this rearranged match in more convincing fashion. Stevan Jovetic came close to scoring his 13th league goal of the season with a curling effort that flashed past the sprawling Jean-Francois Gillet's far post.
A quick free-kick was then punted long to Juan Manuel Vargas, who held off Gabi Mudingayi but blazed his shot high and wide, before Amauri forced a low save from Gillet after he was played in by a nonchalant flick off the side of Jovetic's boot.
However, on the half-hour mark it was Bologna who took the lead, slightly against the run of play. Marco Di Vaio's square pass found Diamanti, whose initial effort was saved by Artur Boruc but the former West Ham forward reacted quickest to swivel through 180 degrees and beat the Polish keeper on the turn for his third goal of the season.
Fiorentina responded well, with Amauri's header forcing another quality save from Gillet before Riccardo Montolivo sidefooted wide from the edge of the box, but Bologna doubled their lead just before the break in great style.
Once more, veteran striker Di Vaio was played in down the right channel, and his ball from the byline was turned past Boruc via a classy backheel flick from Ramirez. It was the Uruguayan's fifth goal of the season, and left the visitors stunned going in at half-time.
Things got even worse for Delio Rossi's side soon after the restart when Olivera was sent off in only his second appearance for the club. The Uruguayan midfielder caught Diamanti on the side of the face with his arm as the Bologna man was running through midfield. The offence was right in front of the referee, who did not hesitate in showing the red card.
After absorbing the pressure and hitting Fiorentina on the break so effectively in the first half, Bologna began to use their one-man advantage to place the visitors under increased pressure.
In the closing stages Bologna took their foot off the gas, satisfied with tier two-goal cushion which saw them register only a second league win over Fiorentina in their last 11 meetings.