Bologna lost 2-1 to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night in a plucky but fruitless start to the season for the Rossoblu following promotion to Serie A.
It took 15 minutes for the hosts to open the scoring when Lucas Biglia powered home before debutant Ricardo Kishna doubled the lead. Bologna gave themselves a lifeline on the stroke of half-time courtesy of Matteo Mancosu but they couldn’t keep the pressure on their opponents and find an equaliser.
It was Lazio who threatened first when Kishna delivered an inch-perfect ball to Antonio Candreva who was in space a few yards out, but the Italian put his header wide.
The hosts got the opening goal just after quarter of an hour and it was captain Lucas Biglia who netted for the Biancocelesti for the first time in the 2015-16 season when he pounced on a loose ball following a cross and drilled it into the back of the net.
The lead was doubled six minutes later when a weak clearance gave Kishna the opportunity to hammer the ball home on his Serie A debut.
The visitors responded against the run of play just before half-time when Matteo Mancosu outran Lazio defender Stefan Radu and delivered the ball high into the net to give his team their first goal following promotion.
The Rossoblu put up more of a fight in the second half but failed to capitalise on their chances and several nervy minutes in the Stadio Olimpico led to nothing.
A fantastic save from Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berisha kept out a last-minute threat from Delio Rossi’s side and ensured three points for his team as the final whistle blew.
Lazio top the table for the first night in Serie A ahead of their midweek trip to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.