Sampdoria 1-2 Bologna: Orsolini wins the battle with a banger

Last Updated on 18/02/2023 by

After Lukasz Skorupski saved one of Sampdoria’s two penalties, the victory for Bologna was snatched away from Sampdoria by Roberto Soriano and Riccardo Orsolini.

Early opportunities for Manolo Gabbiadini included an angled drive that was saved and a missed shot after he escaped the offside trap.

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When a corner was cleared to 20 yards from the goal, Roberto Soriano fired a rocket that flew into the far bottom corner to give Bologna the lead. Musa Barrow’s offside position was investigated by VAR, but because he was not in the ball’s path, it was decided that he was not interfering with the game. It was Soriano’s first goal in 65 Serie A appearances dating back to March 2021.

Gabbiadini lost his balance while attempting to squeeze between three defenders, Stefan Posch hobbled off the field due to a muscular issue, and after a counterattack, Riccardo Orsolini received a crucial block.

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Barrow shot directly at the goalkeeper, but Jhon Lucumi’s foul on Gabbiadini, which was less violent but too obvious to ignore, changed the course of the match. Abdelhamid Sabiri, a substitute, converted the penalty with essentially his first kick of the match.

Alessandro Zanoli then burst down the right and attempted to pull back from the by-line, but Jose Sosa’s trailing arm intercepted him as he slid in. Another penalty kick was awarded because it was just outside the box, but this time Lukasz Skorupski saved Sabiri’s attempt with two crucial saves FOR Bologna. In his career, the Polish goalkeeper has now saved 15 penalties.

Sampdoria vs Bologna
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Bologna continued to press for the game-winning goal, but Sabiri’s subsequent threat from the edge of the box was deflected inches wide. Nikola Moro’s attempt was also charged down, and Riccardo Orsolini also fired wide.

The pressure paid off in the 87th minute when Orsolini beat Nicola Murru to the ball down the right, cut inside, and scored with his left foot from an awkward angle. Due to a technical issue, the VAR check took a very long time—nearly four minutes—before it was cleared.


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