Casa Calcio: Juventus take major step towards another title

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Hellas Verona 1-0 AS Roma

A goal direct from a corner-kick was enough to give Hellas a surprise win over the visitors.

Lineups:

Hellas Verona: Durante; Motta (63′ Oliva), Ambrosi, Meneghini, Mella, Sardu, Santi, Solow, Ledri, Susanna (68′ Marchiori), Bragonzi.

Roma: Ceasar; Bartoli, Linari, Swaby, Soffia. Bernauer (79′ Severini), Ciccotti (70′ Corelli), Thomas, Alves, Bonfantini (54′ Serturini ), Lázaro.

Roma came into this game on the back of four consecutive wins. Despite having the majority of the play, and chances, at the Sinergy Stadium, it was the home side who took all three points.

First Half Chances

Verona did mount an early attack on the away side’s goal with Asia Bragonzi, but Roma managed to clear their lines for a corner. After that it was Paloma Lázaro who had quite a few opportunities to put the visitors ahead in the opening half.

Francesca Durante in the Hellas goal was equal to Lázaro’s first attempt. After that, the Spanish forward linked up well with Lindsey Thomas, but still couldn’t find the opening goal.

Hellas Turn The Corner

It was the home side who would find that opener six minutes after the break. It came direct from a corner-kick, Sara Mella’s ball into the area found it’s way through the bodies in the box and into the net.

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Roma reacted by bringing on Annamaria Serturini, scorer of seven league goals this season. Andressa Alves had a decent effort just wide midway through the half.

Lázaro was dangerous again, and Durante pulled off a fine save from a close range header. It would be the sub, Serturini, who had the final chance to equalize. With just a minute left to play, the Roma forward tried a shot from distance, and it was the crossbar which saves the day for Hellas Verona.

Those three points should all but guarantee Hellas place in Serie A next season as they moved further away from the relegation zone.

Florentia San Gimignano 0-0 San Marino

After their derby day success last week, the home side had to be happy with just one point from this fixture.

Lineups:

Florentia SG: Friedli; Boglioni (67’ Imprezzabile), Dongus, Rodella, Ceci, Wagner (68’ Bursi), Re, Dahlberg (46’ Pugnali), Anghileri (46’ Nilsson), Cantore, Martinovic

San Marino: Ciccioli; Piazza, Kunisawa, Montalti, Corazzi (74′ Chandarana), Babnik, Brambilla, Muya ( 55′ Baldini), Menin, Vecchione (55′ Landa), Barbieri (74′ Rigaglia)

First Half

The opening half saw very few clear cut chances for either side. The best opportunites fell to the home side. Sofia Cantore did well to get the ball to Melania Martinovic in the area, her shot was no trouble for Gloria Ciccioli.

The home side’s captain, Tamar Dongus, had a shot tipped onto the crossbar by Ciccioli at the midway point of the first half.

Second Half Changes

Luisa Pugnali and Sara Nillson were sent off at the start of the second half, as the home side looked to break the deadlock.

The first chance after the break fell to Pugnali. From a Cantore cross, the substitute’s shot went just wide. Pugnali also had another shot that went over the San Marino crossbar.

San Marino too, had their own chances to open the scoring here. A free-kick from Serena Landa needed a save from Serena Friedli who sent the ball out for a corner. Raffaella Barbieri had an effort that never troubled the Florentia keeper.

Other chances for both sides fell to Landa and Imprezzabile, but neither managed to break the stalemate.

Florentia record their first home draw of the season, and the point earned here brings them level with Fiorentina. San Marino took another valuable point as they look to avoid falling into relegation trouble.

Inter Milan 0-0 Napoli

Napoli were boosted by the return of striker Evdokiya Popadinova, but neither side managed to find the net here.

Inter: Marchitelli; Brustia, Debever, Alborghetti, Merlo; Pandini, Rincon, Catelli (60′ Møller); Tarenzi, Mauro, Marinelli.

Napoli: Tasselli; Cafferata (70′ Di Marino), Huynh, Arnadottir, Oliviero; Errico (81′ Kubassova), Huchet, Beil (59′ Pedersen); Popadinova, Nocchi (59′ Rijsdijk), Hjohlman

First Half

The opening 20 minutes saw two chances for Inter, both falling to Gloria Marinelli. Her first was saved by Sabrina Tasselli, while the second only found the side netting.

Popadinova had Napoli’s first real effort, with Sarah Huchet setting the Bulgarian up. Chiara Marchitelli was out quick enough to save the home side.

The Inter keeper was called upon again shortly after to deal with a shot from Isotta Nocchi. Just after the half hour mark, it was the Napoli keeper Tasselli who managed to send an Ilaria Mauro header out for a corner.

Second Half

Yoreli Rincón tried from distance, but her shot was too high. The home side had another chance with a Marinelli header but it never troubled the Napoli keeper.

It was the Inter keeper Marchitelli who pulled off a fine save from a Pia Rijsdijk effort. With the game in added time, it would be Inter defender Lisa Alborghetti who saved the point for the home side.

Napoli’s Alex Huynh’s header from a corner-kick looked to be heading for the corner of the Inter net until Alborghetti managed to block it.

A point apiece then, which leaves Napoli still four points from safety.

Juventus 4-0 AC Milan

The much anticipated top of the table clash ended with an emphatic win for Juventus, which leaves them as clear favourites for the title.

Lineups:

Juventus: Giuliani; Hyyrynen, Gama, Sembrant, Boattin; Rosucci (74′ Caruso), Pedersen, Cernoia; Bonansea ( 57′ Stašková), Girelli (82′ Zamanian), Hurtig (75′ Alves)

AC Milan: Korenčiová; Fusetti (86′ Vitale), Agard, Spinelli (50′ Rizza); Bergamaschi, Hasegawa, Boquete, Grimshaw, Tucceri; Giacinti, Dowie

First Half

While Juventus only managed a 1-0 win at the San Siro, thanks to a penalty, this time around they made no mistake in putting the game beyond the reach of Milan.

After just six minutes, Juventus were on the attack with a Cristiana Girelli header that went just wide. It took them only two more minutes to open the scoring.

A Tuija Hyyrynen cross into the Milan area was met by the head of Lina Hurtig. Her headed pass fell perfectly for Barbara Bonansea, who’s control took her past Laura Agard and her shot beat Korenčiová.

Juve Hurt Milan

Milan never really looked like scoring before the home side doubled their lead. It was a Bonansea pass from her own half which set Hurtig free. The Swedish forward took the ball into the area and only had the Milan keeper to beat. She seemed to have scuffed her shot but it still found it’s way past Korenčiová and Juve were 2-0 up after 26 minutes.

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With 10 minutes to go until the break, Milan had their first real chance of the game. It fell to their top scorer, Valentina Giacinti, but her shot from just outside the box went just over the bar, with Laura Giuliani beaten.

Just before half-time, a Natasha Dowie cross was almost met by Giacinti, but Juve managed to scramble the ball away for a corner. From the resulting corner, Christy Grimshaw thought she had pulled one back for the away side, but the referee decided there was a foul on the Juventus keeper.

Second Half

Just four minutes after the break and Bonasea again linked up with Hurtig. With her left foot, the Swede sliced her shot just wide of the post.

In the 57th minute, one of Juventus’s most impressive players here, Bonansea was forced off with a muscular injury. She was replaced by Andrea Stašková.

Giacinti vs Giuliani

One minute later and Milan almost managed to find the net, but Giuliani saved with her outstretched leg from Giacinti. After that, despite managing to gain more possession of the ball, the away side never really created any real openings.

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With seven minutes left on the clock, it was the substitute Stašková who finished off the game. Another replacement, Annahita Zamanian, had just replaced Girelli, and it was her pass which found the Czech forward all alone in the Milan box. Stašková kept her cool and put the ball beyond Korenčiová, and the game beyond Milan.

Just to show the strength of the Juventus bench, it was another replacement who scored the fourth and final goal. Arianna Caruso’s shot in added time may have taken a slight deflection off Federica Rizza on its way to the net.

Title Decided?

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While Juventus will be keen to point out that they still haven’t won anything this season, the win over Milan looks to have given them their fourth consecutive Serie A title.

With a six point gap now opened up, and a Juventus side that haven’t dropped one point all season, it’s hard to see how they can be stopped.

With seven games left, Milan will now have to count on other teams doing what they were unable to do.

Empoli 3-1 Pink Bari

The home side’s win against bottom of the table Bari sees them move level with their Tuscan rivals Fiorentina and Florentia San Gimignano.

Lineups:

Empoli: Capelletti; De Rita, Giatras, Knol, Di Guglielmo; Prugna, Bellucci, Cinotti (76′ Miotta); Dompig (76′ Acuti), Caloia (61′ Morreale), Glionna (76′ Iannazzo)

Pink Bari: Difronzo; Quazzico (51′ Lea), Enlid, Soro; Capitanelli (59′ Sule), Ketiš (75′ Matoušková), Strisciuglio, Novellino (75′ Carravetta), Marrone; Silvioni, Helmvall

First Half Stalemate

No goals here at Empoli in the opening half, but there were chances for both sides. The first of those saw Alessia Capelletti do well to save a shot from the edge of the area by Ludovica Silvioni for Bari.

Empoli created a chance from a Benedetta Glionna corner. After Bari managed to get the ball away from their area, Melissa Bellucci played it back into the danger area. Her pass almost let Chanté Dompig in on goal, but Rebecca Difronzo was quick off her line to clear the danger.

There were further chances before the break, the majority of these for the home side. They went in scoreless at the break however.

Second Half Action

Having gone 45 minutes without breaking the deadlock, Empoli took just five minutes of the second half to score two.

The first of those came two minutes after the break. Glionna went on a run down the wing and her cross just needed a touch from Dompig to open the scoring.

Three minutes later and the home side had doubled their lead. This time it was a Lucia Di Guglielmo cross from the right which created the danger. It was Dompig who met the ball again, but her header went across the goal.

Aurora De Rita was there to meet it but her shot seemed to be going past the far post until Bari defender Francesca Soro got her foot to it. It may have already crossed the line, but Empoli’s Angela Caloia was there to make sure it did.

Cin Cin

With the home side well in control of the game at this stage, they added a third goal in the 70th minute. Norma Cinotti rounded off an excellent performance with a beautiful goal.

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It was Cecilia Prugna who managed to lay the ball off, and Cinotti, despite the close attention of the Bari players, took the ball to the edge of the area, and her left foot strike gave Difronzo no chance.

With the three points secured, Empoli were able to take off Cinotti, Dompig and Glionna. There was still time for Bari to grab a consolation goal.

Bari Consolation

The away sides chance came from the penalty spot, after Capelletti was judged to have taken down Rafiat Sule. Elisa Carravetta stepped up and made no mistake to score her first goal of the season.

A well deserved win for Empoli which sees them back in the race for a top four finish. Bari meanwhile are running out of games to pick up points in their desperate bid to avoid the drop.

Sassuolo 1-0 Fiorentina

Fiorentina probably deserved to take something from this one, but it was Sassuolo who took all three points.

Lineups:

Sassuolo: Lemey, Philtjens, Filangeri, Lenzini, Santoro (74′ Monterubbiano), Orsi, Mihashi, Brignoli, Tomaselli, Pirone, Cambiaghi (65′ Battelani)

Fiorentina: Schroffenegger; Adami, Quinn, Cordia; Zanoli (82′ Monnecchi), Middag, Neto (36′ Baldi), Vigilucci, Thøgersen; Sabatino, Clelland (67′ Piemonte)

First Half

Fiorentina had the first real chance of the game early on. Lana Clelland set up Daniela Sabatino, but with just the keeper to beat her weak shot, this never troubled Diede Lemey.

Sassuolo, without Haley Bugeja and Kamila Dubcová for the second consecutive game, scored the only goal of the game after 26 minutes.

Mana Mihashi laid the ball off for Michela Cambiaghi. Her shot from the edge of the area flew past Schroffenegger and into the far corner. This was Cambiaghi’s second Serie A goal this season.

Viola Response

Before the break, Fiorentina created chances looking to level the game. Sara Baldi, who had replaced Neto, found Sabatino but her shot was wide of the mark.

Tessel Middag then tried a shot from distance, which turned into a chance for Martina Zanoli but they went in at the break one goal down.

Second Half

After the break, Schroffenegger needed to pull off a good save from Erika Santoro’s overhead effort.

A Sara Baldi free-kick almost gave the away-side the equalising goal. Her floated ball into the area found Sabatino, and when the ball came across the goal, neither Valery Vigilucci or Greta Adami were able to turn it into the net.

Late Chance

Frederikke Thøgersen cross into the area needed a touch from Lemey to snuff out the danger. It was another Thøgersen cross which gave the Viola one final chance to equalise. It eventually found it’s way to Martina Piemonte, but from close range, Lana Clelland’s replacement couldn’t keep it down to find the net.

Sassuolo escape with a victory, which sees them cement their third place position in the table, while also closing the gap to Milan. Fiorentina missed the chance to take back the fourth spot after Roma’s defeat. The Viola now have the return leg of their Champions League tie with Manchester City on Thursday to prepare for.

Serie A League Table

GWDLGFGAGDPoints
Juventus15150047 74045
AC Milan15130235112439
Sassuolo15111329151434
Roma15 7442417 725
Florentia SG15 7261515 023
Fiorentina15 7262622 4 23
Empoli15 7263122 923
Inter Milan15 5371723 -618
Hellas Verona15 4110 923-1413
San Marino15 23101139-28 9
Napoli15 1212 926-17 5
Pink Bari15 1014 841-33 3

Top Scorers

  • Cristiana Girelli (Juventus) – 16
  • Valentina Giacinti (Milan) – 12
  • Daniela Sabatino (Fiorentina) – 11
  • Natasha Dowie (Milan) – 9
  • Paloma Lázaro (Roma) – 8
  • Valeria Pirone (Sassuolo) – 8
  • Kamila Dubcová (Sassuolo) – 8

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