MILAN – Thiago Motta’s first game in charge of Bologna ended in disappointment as his side hit the woodwork twice in a 1-0 home defeat to fellow Serie A strugglers Empoli on Saturday. defeated
Filippo Bandinelli’s second goal in as many matches was enough to give Ampoli their first win of the season.
The fight began Sinisa Mihajlovic was replaced as Bologna coach on Monday Fired last week. Youth coach Luca Viggiani was responsible for last weekend’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina, giving Bologna their first win of the season.
This is the third coaching job for Motta, who coached Spezia last season after coaching Genoa in 2019.
Ampoli had good chances in the first half but Bologna dominated the second period.
It was awarded a penalty in the 59th minute after a cross hit Ampoli defender Petr Stojanovic. But, after a lengthy decision with the video assistant referee, referee Manuel Valpi reversed his decision due to offside in the build-up.
Empoli took the lead against a run in the 77th minute when Bologna goalkeeper Lukasz Skorpski allowed Liam Henderson’s cross to slip through his hands and beat Bandinelli into an empty net.
Bologna equalized almost immediately but a header from Marko Arnautovic, who had earlier drawn a brilliant save from Ampoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, hit the right post.
Substitute Joshua Zirkze also hit a corner off the crossbar in stoppage time two minutes after coming off the bench.
Ampoli’s win means just three teams are still looking for their first win of the Serie A season. One of them, Sampdoria, later played in Spezia. Also, Torino coach Ivan Juric returns after missing two games with pneumonia as his team host Sassuolo.