Serie A round up: Roma sweep past Napoli, AC Milan continue to struggle

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The Official Nike Serie A Femminile match ball during the Women's Serie A match between FC internazionale and ACF Fiorentina (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Roma cruised to a 6-0 victory over newly-promoted Napoli to maintain their 100 percent start to the Serie A campaign. In contrast to the in-form champions, AC Milan are low on confidence after they played out a 1-1 draw with Sassuolo.

Here, we will round up the results from all five games on match-day seven of the 2023/24 Serie A season.

Roma 6-0 Napoli

Roma produced a commanding performance to dispatch Napoli with ease in Saturday’s home Serie A meeting. Oihane Valdezate guided the ball home from the corner to get her side up and running. Lucia Di Guglielmo then met Eseosa Aigbogun’s deep cross to nod in a second for Roma, before Evelyne Viens registered her fifth goal of the Serie A season to make it 3-0 inside 32 minutes.

There was still time in the first period for Manuela Giugliano to find the net with the aid of a deflection. Di Guglielmo tucked home her second goal of the afternoon in the 66th minute, and the scoring was rounded off in the closing moments when Zara Kramžar curled the ball into the top corner.

The Serie A champions will now turn their focus to Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich.

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AC Milan 1-1 Sassuolo

Both goals in Saturday’s encounter arrived in the opening six minutes. Valentina Bergamaschi fired in her first goal of the campaign to give Milan the early advantage. However, the lead did not last for long as the hosts carved out a swift leveller. Chiara Beccari steered her header beyond Solène Durand after meeting Annahita Zamanian’s cross from the left flank.

With neither side able to find a winner, they both had to be content with a share of the spoils. Milan are sitting in just sixth place with eight points to their name, while Sassuolo are three points further back in eighth position.

Sampdoria 0-1 Fiorentina

After scoring a stoppage time winner to edge out AC Milan in their previous outing, Fiorentina produced another late goal to get the better of Sampdoria in Sunday’s away meeting. The contest looked destined to finish as a goalless draw until substitute Karin Lundin found the net with just four minutes remaining of regulation time.

Marina Georgieva stood a cross up to the back post for Lundin to head goalwards. To the visitors’ delight, the officials ruled that the ball had crossed the line. The win moves third-placed Fiorentina onto 16 points, while Sampdoria are in seventh spot with six points to their name.

Inter 2-1 Pomigliano

Pomigliano were back in action for the first time since reversing their decision to withdraw from Serie A following the 1-0 defeat to Sampdoria. They got off to a positive start against Inter, taking the lead through Dalila Ippólito after Anna James Buhigas saved Agnese Bonfantini’s third-minute penalty.

However, Inter managed to turn the game on its head with two goals in quick succession. Henrietta Csiszar thrashed the ball home to pull her side level in the 36th minute, before Haley Budeja netted her first Inter goal to give the hosts a narrow half-time lead.

With Pomigliano unable to find an equaliser in the second period, Inter celebrated their fourth win of the Serie A season.

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Como 0-3 Juventus

Como saw their four-game unbeaten league run come to an end in their home clash with Juventus. Defender Cecilia Salvai opened the scoring in the 17th minute, glancing the ball home from Arianna Caruso’s corner.

After providing the assist for Salvai’s header, Caruso thought she had a goal of her own to celebrate before the assistant’s flag ruled out her first-time finish. The 24-year-old may have been denied a goal in the first period, but her persistence ultimately paid off in the second half.

As the game moved past the hour mark, Caruso drove from inside her own half, before unleashing a powerful long-range strike past the helpless Mária Korenčiová. Lindsey Thomas then came off the bench to round off the scoring with her first Serie A goal as a Juventus player.

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