Parma began the match level on points with Inter Milan, who sit in fifth place and what would normally be the last spot from which to qualify for the Europa League.

But with fourth-placed Fiorentina facing Napoli, who are third, in the Italian Cup final on May 3, this season's sixth-place finisher would be in line to claim the extra spot in Europe's second-tier club competition.

Parma's 12th draw of the campaign moved them up to fifth, with a one-point lead on Inter ahead of their trip to Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon.

Palladino had the ball in the hosts' net after 25 minutes but the striker was flagged offside after volleying Mattia Cassani's cross past Gianluca Curci.

Bologna came close on 43 minutes when Panagiotis Kone fired Archimede Morleo's cutback over the crossbar, and then made amends a minute later when Cherubin smashed the ball past Antonio Mirante on the turn to give Bologna the lead.

Bologna came close to doubling their lead shortly after the restart but Alessandro Lucarelli did well to block Jonathan Cristaldo's effort on the goalline after the hosts had sliced open Parma's defence.

Parma had to wait until 11 minutes from time to level, Palladino volleying Jonathan Biabiany's cross from the right past Curci at the back post.

Bologna substitute Robert Acquafresca came closest to providing the winner when his drive forced Mirante into action in the closing minutes.