Serb Sinisa Mihajlovic guided Bologan to Serie A survival
Rome (AFP) - Bologna secured their top flight survival on Monday with a 3-3 draw at Lazio enough to keep the northerners in Serie A next season.
Lazio are already through to next season’s Europa League after their Coppa Italia 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 Coppa Italia 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 Coppa final, grabbing a point with a curling free kick over the wall ten minutes from time.
It was a vital point for Bologna who have been transformed since the arrival of Serbian coach Sinisa Mihajlovic in place of Filippo Inzaghi, brother of Lazio coach Simone, last February.
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.
Bologna are four points ahead of Genoa who occupy the final relegation place with one game left this season.
Chievo and Frosinone are already condemned to Serie B next season with four teams still under threat – Genoa, Empoli, Udinese and Fiorentina.
Lazio have nothing left to play for in Serie A as they are eighth and the best they can finish is seventh.