Bologna earn ‘miracle’ Serie A survival

- AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ROME

May 22, 2019-

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic hailed his team for pulling off a “miracle” to secure their top flight survival with a 3-3 draw at Lazio on Monday enough to keep the northerners in Serie A next season.

It was a vital point for Bologna who have been transformed since the arrival of Serbian coach Mihajlovic in place of Filippo Inzaghi, brother of Lazio coach Simone, last February. “Nobody, or at least very few believed in us staying up a few months ago,” said Serb Mihajlovic, a former Yugoslavia player.

The club were 18th with just two wins from 21 games when the former Serbia, AC Milan and Torino coach arrived, but since have won eight matches out of 16 and are now positioned 12th. “Now, we’re aiming to pull off a real masterstroke on Saturday (against Napoli) to finish 10th,” he added.

Lazio are already through to next season’s Europa League after their Italian Cup win over Atalanta last Wednesday in Rome, and have nothing left to play for as they sit eighth. But Simone Inzaghi’s side had taken the lead after 13 minutes through Joaquin Correa, who also scored in their Italian Cup victory in the Stadio Olimpico.

Andrea Poli pulled Bologna level five minutes after the break with Mattia Destro firing in from close range two minutes later. A Bastos curling got Lazio back in the game five minutes later with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic again proving decisive off the bench as in the Italian Cup, grabbing a point with a curling freekick over the wall 10 minutes from time.

Bologna are four points ahead of Genoa who occupy the final relegation place with one game left this season.

Published: 22-05-2019 09:27

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