Bologna decided the result of the match in the first half by scoring two goals through its international winger Riccardo Orsolini (14) and Belgian Alexei Salmakers (44), before Greek Charalambos Likoyannis added the third goal in the second minute of stoppage time.

Bologna strengthened its position in the last fourth place to qualify for the prestigious continental competition with 57 points, temporarily separated by six points from fifth place Roma, which will host Lecce later.

The men of the coach, former international midfielder Thiago Motta, achieved the eighth victory in the last nine matches in the league, and tightened the noose on third-placed Juventus after reducing the gap between them to two points, taking advantage of the “Old Lady” team’s 0-1 loss to its host Lazio on Saturday in the opening of the stage.

Bologna, which won the league title seven times, played in the first round of the European Champion Clubs Cup in 1964 when it was eliminated by Anderlecht of Belgium, the same year in which it was crowned Serie A for the last time, but it never participated in the modern European Champions League competition.

The ninth place in which he finished last season was Bologna's highest in the league in more than a decade, and it is on its way to its best position in years.