There was nothing between Bologna and Parma as they drew 0-0 in a lifeless Emilia-Romagna derby at the Stadio Dall'Ara.

Neither side had many opportunities to score with Bologna just shading the first half, when they created their best chances, and Parma improving in the second 45 minutes, when they came closest to scoring.

However, a goalless draw was a fair reflection of a derby game bereft of emotion between two sides who remain in the bottom half of Serie A.

After a few tame shots from Sebastian Giovinco, the first real chance of the game arrived in the 28th minute.

Gaston Ramirez switched on the turbo to race down the left and send in a cross for Marco Di Vaio, whose header was saved instinctively by Nicola Pavarini in the Parma goal.

Pavarini had to show the same alertness to save from Gabi Mudingayi just before half-time as the ball fell to the Bologna midfielder inside the penalty area from a corner.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between, though, as the pace of the game remained low throughout.

Tactical changes on both sides in the second half failed to bring any more life to the game, although Parma came close to scoring in the 73rd minute.

A corner from the left was deflected unwittingly by the head of Cristian Zaccardo, forcing Jean-Francois Gillet into making a fine save as he was forced to change direction in an instant.

The ball looped up and fell back down the Belgian goalkeeper just before Alessandro Lucarelli was able to reach it and tap it in from a yard out.