Serie A round up: AC Milan claim derby bragging rights

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 12: A detailed view of the AC Milan badge on the corner flag (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

AC Milan squeezed past their local rivals Inter to claim derby bragging rights in Sunday’s home contest in Serie A. Roma and Juventus also enjoyed success in the final round of fixtures before the table splits in two for the remainder of the campaign.

Join us, as we round up all the goals from the five Serie A matches that took place on matchday 18.

Sassuolo 2-0 Sampdoria

After playing out a goalless first half, Sassuolo broke the deadlock in the opening stages of the second period. Loreta Kullashi wriggled into the Sampdoria box, before curling the ball out of the reach of Kerttu Karresmaa. Daniela Sabatino went on to double the home side’s advantage, nodding in from close range after Maria Luisa Filangeri had kept the ball in play from Cecilia Prugna’s deep free-kick. Sassuolo will head into the next stage of the season in fourth place, while Sampdoria are down in eighth position in the Serie A table.

Serie A: Fiorentina 0-1 Roma

Roma edged out third-placed Fiorentina to claim a fifth consecutive victory in all competitions. The contest was ultimately decided in the 43rd minute when Manuela Giugliano netted her seventh league goal of the season. The Italy international guided the ball past Katja Schroffenegger after being teed up by Emilie Haavi’s neat cut-back. Fiorentina thought they should have had a penalty in the second half following Lucia Di Guglielmo’s challenge on Miriam Longo. The referee ultimately decided against awarding the spot-kick, and with Fiorentina unable to find an equaliser, they fell to just their third defeat of the season. As a result of the narrow loss, the hosts are now four points behind Juventus in the race to secure Champions League football.

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Juventus 4-1 Napoli

Cristiana Girelli dispatched her ninth-minute spot-kick to get Juventus off to the perfect start against relegation-threatened Napoli. Lindsey Thomas quickly added a second with a close-range header, before Julia Grosso added a third on the stroke of half time. The next goal did not arrive until the 91st minute when Thomas pounced on Doris Bačić’s parry to tap in her second goal of the contest. There was still time left for Marija Banušić to score a late consolation from the penalty spot to deny the home side a fourth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions.

Serie A: AC Milan 2-1 Inter

Milan took an early lead against their city rivals in rather fortuitous circumstances. Lisa Alborghetti sliced the ball into her own net in an attempt to clear Chanté Dompig’s driven cross. Andrea Stašková netted the sixth league goal of the season to double Milan’s advantage just after the half-hour mark. Julia Piga produced an overhead kick to keep the ball alive from the corner, causing Sara Cetinja to push the ball against Stašková, who was more than happy to watch it roll into the net. Inter’s Annamaria Serturini showcased her nimble footwork to create the space to fire an unstoppable effort into the far corner in the closing stages of the first period. The visitors were ultimately unsuccessful in their efforts to find an equaliser, leaving them to reflect upon a second consecutive defeat.

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Pomigliano 3-4 Como

Pomigliano flew out of the blocks in Sunday’s home meeting with Como. Dalila Ippólito thumped home the opener after Virginia Di Giammarino had rattled the woodwork. Gaia Apicella then tapped in from close range to give the hosts a two-goal cushion inside the opening 20 minutes. Nicole Arcangeli spurned the chance to add to Pomigliano’s tally in the 40th minute when she saw her penalty saved by Mária Korenčiová.

It proved to be a crucial stop, as Pomigliano launched a dramatic turnaround to score three goals in the space of five second-half minutes. First, Melania Martinovic guided the ball past Anna James Buhigas from Margherita Monnecchi’s lofted cross, before Giulia Rizzon rose high to steer her header home from a corner. Zsanett Kaján then kept her composure from the penalty spot to give the visitors a sensational lead. Despite falling behind, Pomigliano looked to have done enough to salvage a point when Arcangeli drilled the ball into the bottom corner after her initial free-kick was blocked. However, there was to be one final twist, as Martinovic nodded in from a corner in stoppage time to snatch all three points for the visitors.

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