Bologna's quest to level points with reigning champions Napoli was thwarted in a dramatic fashion on Sunday, as Roberto Piccoli's penalty in the 10th minute of added time secured a 1-1 draw for Lecce.
Charalampos Lykogiannis had seemingly granted fifth-placed Bologna another victory with a spectacular free-kick in the 68th minute, adding to their impressive season.
However, as Lecce pressed for a late equalizer, a foul by Riccardo Calafiori on Lecce's goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone, who had ventured forward for a corner, presented Piccoli with an opportunity to level from the penalty spot.
The draw temporarily places Thiago Motta's Lecce in fifth position, trailing Napoli by two points ahead of Napoli's crucial encounter with league title favorites Inter Milan later in the day. Roma, positioned just below Bologna, has the chance to surpass them and join Napoli on 24 points if they secure a victory against Sassuolo before the headline clash at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona over the weekend.
The outcome of the Napoli-Inter Milan fixture holds significance, as Inter has the opportunity to reclaim the top spot from Juventus, provided they avoid a defeat in Naples. The tightly contested Serie A season continues to unfold, with each match contributing to the shifting dynamics at the summit of the league table.