Serie A wrap: Pazzini fires Milan past Bologna
Giampaolo Pazzini has scored a hat-trick on his starting debut for AC Milan as they defeated Bologna 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday.
Alessandro Diamanti was impressive for Bologna as they put up a brave performance at home but their resistance faltered in the last quarter of an hour as Pazzini scored twice to complete his hat-trick and clinch victory for Milan.
Milan started brightest on Saturday and they went ahead after Bologna defender Nicolo Cherubin conceded a controversial penalty in the 16th minute.
After being caught out by a chipped ball over the top from the impressive Kevin-Prince Boateng, the defender dragged down Pazzini, who made the most of his fall.
Pazzini, who joined Milan in a swap deal with Inter Milan last week which saw Antonio Cassano go the other way, stepped up and slotted a firm penalty past Federico Agliardi.
Bologna grabbed their own penalty in the 42nd minute after Antonio Nocerino of Milan brought down Robert Acquafresca.
Diamanti, who was Bologna's best player for the match, sent Christian Abbiati the wrong way to draw his side level.
The second half was full of action with Boateng impressive for the visitors, while Diamanti continued to threaten for Bologna, but it was not until the 77th minute that the next goal was scored.
Luca Antonini's cross from the left looped up in the air off Bologna winger Marco Motta and was fumbled by Agliardi, allowing Pazzini to fire home the loose ball from close range.
Pazzini bagged his third on 85 minutes when he deftly flicked in Nocerino's low shot after the hosts had failed to clear the ball.
In the other Serie A match, Torino defeated fellow promoted club Pescara 3-0.
Alessandro Sgrigna scored Torino's first goal when he reacted first to Rolando Bianchi's flicked header in the penalty area and smashed the ball past Pescara goalkeeper Mattia Perin.
Bianchi started the move in the 58th minute that led to Torino's second goal, releasing Sgrigna in behind Pescara's defence, with the 32-year-old striker cutting the ball back to Matteo Brighi who finished smartly.
After playing a role in his side's first two goals, Bianchi finally got on the scoresheet himself just four minutes later.
Full-back Salvatore Masiello crossed to the back post towards Bianchi and Torino's captain rose above his opponent to head the ball into the net to complete a comfortable win for the home team.