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Bologna received two red cards in 13 seconds to ruin their hopes of victory over Juventus in Serie A on Saturday evening.
The two sides played out a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Allianz Stadium in Turin but the visitors could so easily have claimed all three points had they not been reduced to nine men. Bologna had both Adama Soumaoro and Gary Medel sent off by referee Juan Luca Sacchi within seconds of each other in the 84th minute of the match.
Juventus made use of their two-man advantage in the fifth minute of added time as Dusan Vlahovic levelled the score.
Soumaoro was the first to be sent for an early bath after a VAR review deemed he had denied a clear goalscoring opportunity by bringing down Alvaro Morata on the edge of the penalty area.
Originally, Sacchi had seen no issue with the French defender's challenge and had waved play on before being advised to consult with the pitch side monitor.
His change of heart angered the Bologna players, including former Cardiff City midfielder Medel, who immediately approached the official to passionately challenge his decision.
Medel's angry response led to a vicious shouting match with the referee as the pair appeared to square up on the pitch before Sacchi brandished a yellow card at Medel.
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This did not stop the Chilean's protests, however, and he quickly earned himself a second yellow and a straight red card merely seconds after Soumaoro's dismissal.
As a result, Bologna had to play out the final six minutes plus added time with nine men as they looked to defend their slender one goal lead.
That lead had been earned in the 52nd minute by Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic after he rounded Wojciech Szczesny before tapping the ball into an empty net.
Sadly for Bologna, their hopes of a famous win over the Old Lady were dashed deep into stoppage time as Vlahovic got on the end of Morata's bicycle kick to nod home at the back post.
The draw leaves Juventus six points clear of Roma in fourth place but eight behind league leaders AC Milan, whilst Bologna are 13th, 16 points above the relegation zone with six matches remaining.
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