The Coppa Italia semi-final first leg games took place at the weekend. The form book went out the window, as both Roma and Inter Milan came out on top.
AS Roma 2-1 Juventus
The home side claimed their first ever win over the league leaders, as Juventus fall to their first defeat in domestic competition since March 2019.
Roma came into this game without their injured captain Elisa Bartoli. Juventus were also missing their skipper, Sara Gama, and they also started this match with Barbara Bonansea on the bench.
AS Roma: Ceasar; Eržen, Swaby, Linari, Soffia; Giugliano, Bernauer, Thomas, Andressa (55′ Ciccotti), Serturini, Lázaro (90′ Banusic)
Juventus: Giuliani; Boattin, Sembrant, Salvai, Hyyrynen (72′ Lundorf), Cernoia, Pedersen, Caruso (72′ Rosucci), Hurtig, Alves (46′ Bonansea, 59′ Zamanian), Girelli (72′ Stašková)
Roma were quickest off the blocks on Saturday. With less than two minutes on the clock, Kaja Eržen sent a ball down the right wing which found Lindsey Thomas. The French forward got the better of Lisa Boattin to send a cross into the area. The ball arrived at the feet of both Paloma Lázaro and Andressa Alves, neither of whom could get a shot away. When Alves laid the ball off to Annamaria Serturini, her first time shot beat Laura Giuliani.Embed from Getty Images
Serturini’s strike was her tenth goal of the season so far. With neither side managing to create any further clear cut chances, it was Roma who went into the second half with that one goal lead.
Juventus decided to bring on Bonansea at the break, and it took less than four minutes for her to make her impact. When a long pass found her on the right wing, the Juve substitute went past Angelica Soffia and sent the ball across the Roma goal. Her cross needed just a touch from Lina Hurtig, and her eighth goal of the season gave Juventus the equaliser and an all-important away goal.
Ten minutes later and Bonansea’s participation in this game was already at an end. Having gone off in last week’s win over Milan, it looked to be the same muscular problem which forced her off again. Even worse was to come, injury wise, for the away side.
With just over 20 minutes still to play, Cristiana Girelli went down in a lot of pain after a challenge from Elena Linari. The Serie A top scorer needed to be stretchered off, as Linari escaped without even a yellow card for her foul into Girelli’s back.
Two minutes after Girelli left the pitch and Roma almost went back in front. A cross from Vanessa Bernauer was poorly handled by Giuliani and the ball dropped to Serturini. Her shot was saved on the line by the head of Linda Sembrant, and when Sertutini was given another chance, this time Giuliani was there to save.
With just over two minutes left on the clock, Roma did manage to grab the winner. Again it was a Bernauer cross which spelled trouble for the away side. It was Serturini who had the shot, and although Giuliani managed to get a hand to it, the ball fell to Thomas who made no mistake.Embed from Getty Images
It’s been a damaging away trip for Juventus, more to do with injuries than the actual result. They did get an away goal, and with just a one goal difference between the sides, they will still be confident they can turn this around at home.
Inter Milan 2-1 AC Milan
It was an historic first ever derby win for Inter on Sunday. Milan fail to bounce back from last week’s big loss to Juventus.
Inter: Gilardi; Merlo, Debever, Alborghetti, Brustia, Catelli, Pandini, Rincòn, Møller, Marinelli, Mauro (81′ Tarenzi)
AC Milan: Korenčiová; Tucceri (72′ Kuliš), Agard, Fusetti, Čonč (78′ Mauri), Hasegawa, Rask, Grimshaw, Bergamaschi, Giacinti, Dowie
All three goals came in the opening quarter of an hour. The first of those was when Inter were awarded a penalty just over three minutes after kick-off. A poor pass from Korenčiová to Laura Fusetti almost let Caroline Møller in on goal. In the end Fusetti used her hand to stop the ball getting past her and the referee had no option but to point to the spot.
The Milan keeper made up for her mistake, when saving Yoreli Rincòn’s penalty with her outstretched leg. Unfortunately for Korenčiová, Gloria Marinelli was quickest to react to the rebound, and her fourth goal of the competition gave Inter an early lead.
Just eight minutes later, and Inter had already doubled their lead. CMøller received the ball on the edge of the area and her strength took her past Valentina Bergamaschi. The Danish forward got her shot away before Laura Agard could get a challenge in, and Inter were off to a dream derby day start.Embed from Getty Images
However, the home side barely had time to enjoy that second goal before Milan pulled one back. Two minutes after Inter’s goal and a Caroline Rask long pass found Valentina Giacinti in the area. The Milan striker let the ball bounce before lifting it over the advancing Astrid Gilardi. This was Giacinti’s fifth Coppa Italia goal this season in five games.
After the break, it was Milan who went in search of the equalising goal. From a Hasegawa pass, Christy Grimshaw had a chance but her shot hit the post.
Inter too saw a chance come back off the post. From a corner-kick, Julie Debever managed to get her knee to the ball only to see it saved by the goal frame.
Despite Milan’s best efforts, it was Inter who held on for a famous win. Their first ever victory in a Milan derby, and they now look to reach their first ever Coppa Italia final. Milan do however have the away goal to take into the second leg, which doesn’t take place until the April 24/25th weekend.