Bologna-Empoli 3-0, hat-trick by Orsolini

Thiago Motta’s team, after the draw with Monza, finds three important points

Bologna, after the draw with Monza, finds three important points against Empoli at home. Thiago Motta’s team won 3-0 over Andreazzoli’s Empoli, thanks to a hat-trick from an inspired Orsolini, and rose to 10 points in the standings, and in the next match they will face Inter at San Siro, while the Tuscans , despite the good match, they remain on 3 points with 6 knockouts in seven matches. For the Dall’Ara match Thiago Motta focuses on Zirkzee as central striker, supported by Ferguson as attacking midfielder, Orsolini and Ndoye on the wings. While Andreazzoli relaunches Caputo in attack with Cambiaghi and Baldanzi in support.

The match

Fun match between the hosts and Empoli, with the Tuscans starting well and in the 4th minute Ebuehi, following a corner, heads past Skorupski. In the 8th minute, Empoli is still dangerous with Caputo who tries from a tight angle, but Skorupski keeps good guard at the near post. The response from Thiago Motta’s team came in the 16th minute with Orsolini who sent it high from the edge of the area. In the 20th minute Bologna were still dangerous: Ndoye sprinted behind the defense, entered the area and shot towards the goal but Berisha was very good at blocking it with an open hand. In the 21st minute the rossoblu took the lead with a splendid personal move by Orsolini who controlled the ball with elegance with his heel, then got rid of Walukiewicz with a half-sombrero and in the area with his first intention he beat Berisha for the 1-0. Immediate reaction from the guests in the 24th minute with a shot from the center of the area by Maleh with the ball hitting the post. Empoli didn’t give up and in the 30th minute Baldanzi’s poisonous shot from outside the area was blocked by Skorupski. The team gets level in the 37th minute with a header by Caputo but the action is spoiled by an obvious irregular position by Ebuehi and the goal is disallowed. In the middle of injury time, a colossal opportunity for Bologna: counterattack led by Ndoye, assist for Zirkzee who alone beats with first intention but Berisha miraculously denies the attacker the goal.

At the beginning of the second half, Empoli was still dangerous: on Marin’s corner, Caputo’s volleyed shot, but Skorupski was still attentive. The Tuscans lose their balance and the hosts find more space. In the 55th minute, an inaccurate shot from Orsolini becomes an assist for Ferguson, but the midfielder’s header from close range is saved by Berisha. In the 65th minute Zirkzee serves Orsolini again, but from a favorable position he misses the target. The goal seems in the air and arrives a minute later: in the 66th minute Ferguson finds Orsolini again in the area and this time the left-footed number seven leaves Berisha no chance and scores his personal brace. The Bologna striker is unstoppable and scores again in the 92nd minute: assist from El Azzouzi for Orsolini who scores his personal hat-trick from the center of the area with his left foot for the final 3-0.