Venezia claimed an unexpected 1-nil win over Bologna for the first time since 1947, courtesy of a strike from Nigerian international, David Okereke.
Okereke, who has now scored twice in his last two outing for the Lagoonal Ones scored in the second half to help his side win on a tepid afternoon at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
The visitors were completely dominated right from the kick-off, and they had to repel everything thrown at them by Bologna all through the first forty-five.
Very shortly into the second half, the matchup took an intense turn when Gianluca Busio came sliding in on Aaron Hickey, being handed the game’s first yellow card as a result.
Not long after that incident, Marko Arautović first saw his shot saved with ease by Romero, then down the other end of the field, Ridgeciano Haps had his missile attempt thwarted by the opposing defence.
Yet it was the Lagoonal Ones who took their chance in the 61st minute when a speedy Okereke took advantage of a fortuitous rebound inside the box to rifle the ball home, opening the scoring.
Despite countless Bologna opportunities, they were unable to find an equalizer and toiled for the remainder of the tie.
Venezia next face Inter Milan in a massive home contest and Okereke will be looking forward adding to his four goals scored so far this campaign.