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Bologna suffer Serie A blow after defeat to Genoa

Juventus and Atalanta are poised to pounce.


Bologna face an anxious wait to discover where they will finish in the Serie A table after defeat by Genoa in their final game left them looking over their shoulder.

Goals from Ruslan Malinovskyi and Vitinha handed the hosts a 2-0 win at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.

That means Bologna, who started the day in third place, remain level on 68 points with Juventus, who host Monza on Saturday, and just two ahead of Europa League winners Atalanta, who have two games in hand, although all three have already qualified for the Champions League.

Genoa forced their way into a 13th-minute lead when Malinovskyi converted Aaron Martin’s lay-off, and they sealed victory 14 minutes after the restart when Vitinha struck.

In LaLiga, Artem Dovbyk plundered a hat-trick as third-placed Girona closed to within a point of Barcelona after a 7-0 rout of relegated 10-man Granada.

The home side took the lead through Eric Garcia on the half-hour and doubled their advantage within three minutes when Viktor Tsygankov struck.

Dovbyk’s penalty a minute before half-time extended the lead and Tsygankov struck again nine minutes into the second half to make it 4-0.

Facundo Pellistri’s 61st-minute dismissal deepened the visitors’ woes, and two more goals from Dovbyk, the second of them from the spot, wither side of substitute Cristhian Stuani’s strike simply rubbed salt into the wound.

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