Here comes a substitution. Blerim Dzemaili is given a rest as he is replaced by Andrea Poli (Bologna).
The game is interrupted now, Nicola Murru (Sampdoria) picks up a knock and the physio has to come on.
Maurizio Mariani blows his whistle after Ibrahima Mbaye (Bologna) brings one of his opponents down with a strong tackle. It's a free kick to Sampdoria, but it's in no position for a direct shot on goal.
Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria) gets to the rebound and shoots, but the effort is blocked.
Erick Pulgar (Bologna) produces an astonishing free kick which slams into the top right corner off the post and gives the goalkeeper no chance.
Bologna have a free kick.
Lorenzo Tonelli (Sampdoria) sees a yellow card from Maurizio Mariani after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground.
Substitution. Gianluca Caprari (Sampdoria) has come on for Karol Linetty.
Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna) does his best to latch onto a cross into the box, but he can't get to the ball.
Nicola Sansone (Bologna) is unable to control an accurate defence-splitting pass properly and one of the defending players reacts well to rob him of the ball. The ball is out of play. Bologna will have a throw-in.
Bologna are awarded a free kick from mid-range. The position is unsuitable for a direct shot, so expect a cross into the box.
Here is a change. Gaston Ramirez is going off and Marco Giampaolo gives the last tactical orders to Riccardo Saponara (Sampdoria).
Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna) fouls his opponent and receives a yellow card from the referee, but he is clearly not happy with the decision.
It's an own goal! Lorenzo Tonelli (Sampdoria) scores into his own net!
This should have been a goal! Erick Pulgar (Bologna) takes a mid-range free kick and his effort flies straight as an arrow, but crashes against the crossbar. The keeper only turned his head and stared at the ball.
Maurizio Mariani shows the yellow card to Joachim Andersen (Sampdoria) for a heavy challenge.
Maurizio Mariani shows a yellow card to Roberto Soriano (Bologna) for a tough tackle.
Roberto Soriano (Bologna) shows too much aggression while trying to break free from his opponent and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
A yellow card for a tackle by Jacopo Sala (Sampdoria). Maurizio Mariani doesn't hesitate at all to make this decision.
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) picks up a pass and tries his luck from mid-range towards the middle of the goal, but Lukasz Skorupski is equal to it and makes an easy save.
The game restarts for the second half.
The match has reached half-time.
The linesman signals that Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) is offside and the referee confirms the decision.
One of the players from Sampdoria times his run too early and the referee blows his whistle for offside.
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) cushions the ball on his chest then hits a first-time volley high over the bar from inside the box.
The foul by Nicola Murru (Sampdoria) is worthy of a card and a yellow is duly shown by Maurizio Mariani.
The opposition back off Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna), who needs no second invitation to shoot from inside the box. It's a decent effort towards the bottom right corner, but Emil Audero denies him with the save.
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) makes a driving run into the box but he cannot work any space for a shot.
Referee Maurizio Mariani sees the trip by Roberto Soriano (Bologna) and doesn't hesitate to blow his whistle. Sampdoria are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
The resulting set piece from Bologna is comfortably intercepted by one of the defending players.
The linesman raises his flag as one of the players from Bologna was in an offside position.
Gaston Ramirez (Sampdoria) makes a slide tackle, but referee Maurizio Mariani blows for a foul. Bologna have been awarded a free kick.
Roberto Soriano (Bologna) was too forceful with his tackle and Maurizio Mariani interrupted the game to signal a free kick.
Sampdoria didn't take advantage of the corner and score as the opposition's defence was alert and averted the threat.
Roberto Soriano (Bologna) is furious with himself as he misses a clear opportunity. He sends a rebound a few inches wide of the right post.
Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna) picks up a pass and hits the ball towards goal, but he can't generate enough power to trouble Emil Audero.
Emil Audero displays his ability to read the game and clears the danger after Rodrigo Palacio (Bologna) threatened to latch onto a through ball from just outside the box.
Rodrigo Palacio (Bologna) looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and he loses the ball.
Bologna take the corner, but their hopes of scoring a goal end with a nice clearance by the defence.
It looks like Karol Linetty (Sampdoria) saw red with that tackle. Maurizio Mariani won't tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul.
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) swings a cross into the box, but it's far too close to Lukasz Skorupski, who smothers the ball.
Nicola Sansone (Bologna) latches on to a precise pass on the edge of the box, but miskicks his shot and the ball goes high over the bar. Poor effort!
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) takes a shot from a mid-range free kick and the ball flies inches wide of the left post!
Erick Pulgar (Bologna) makes a rough challenge and Maurizio Mariani blows his whistle for a foul. Sampdoria are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
A short through ball almost allows Ladislav Krejci (Bologna) to get in a good shooting position, but he loses it to one of the defenders.
Karol Linetty (Sampdoria) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Lukasz Skorupski comes off the line to clear the ball away.
Wonderful movement by Sampdoria. The players are holding possession, mostly exchanging one-touch passes. They control the pace of the game now.
Bologna have a chance to score from a corner kick, but the ball is cleared by a defender.
Rodrigo Palacio (Bologna) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area, but it's cleared by an opposing player. Bologna have a corner.
Nicola Murru (Sampdoria) serves up a nice cross, but Lukasz Skorupski punches the ball away.
Here we go, today's match is starting right now.
The players are out at last! Bologna will take the kick-off.
Maurizio Mariani will officiate today.
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