Serie A round up: Napoli win to relegate Pomigliano

Roberto Carannante Pomigliano head coach issues instructions
Roberto Carannante Pomigliano head coach issues instructions during the Womens Serie A match between Napoli and Pomigliano (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Pomigliano confirmed their relegation from Serie A in the most recent round of Italian action. Their loss to Como combined with Napoli’s draw with AC Milan has brought an end to their three-year stay in the top flight.

As well as those two matches, we will also round up the action from the top half of the Serie A table, including a hat-trick for Sassuolo’s Lana Clelland.

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Inter 2-4 Sassuolo

Sassuolo established an early two-goal lead in Sunday’s away clash with Inter. First, Cecilia Prugna drove the ball into the bottom corner, before Lana Clelland swept home from Loreta Kullashi’s neat pass. The 31-year-old then kept her composure from the penalty spot to grab her second and Sassuolo’s third in first-half stoppage time.

Within 10 minutes of the restart, Clelland fired past Sara Cetinja to complete a memorable hat-trick and score her fifth goal in two matches. Haley Bugeja and Elisa Polli both got on the scoresheet to give Inter some semblance of hope. But, Sassuolo ultimately saw out the remainder of the contest to clinch maximum points.

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Juventus 3-1 Roma

Roma suffered just their second league defeat of the season in Monday’s away meeting with Juventus. Sofia Cantore slotted the ball home after racing onto Barbara Bonansea’s defence-splitting pass. Evelyne Viens scored in a third consecutive game to pull Roma level in the 48th minute.

However, Juventus restored their slender lead just after the hour mark. Cantore drove from her own half, before coolly lifting the ball over Caesar to register her second goal of the game. Onyi Echegini came off the bench to add a third in stoppage time, condemning the champions to their first league defeat since January.

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Napoli 1-1 AC Milan

Milan required just 11 minutes to break the deadlock in their away meeting with Napoli. Valentina Gallazzi diverted the ball into her own net in an attempt to head clear from Valentina Cernoia’s lofted cross. As a result of Milan’s opener, Napoli’s fight to avoid automatic relegation looked set to go down to the final day of the season.

However, Gin-Maria Chmielinski proved to be Napoli’s hero, netting an 84th-minute equaliser to rescue a crucial point. The 23-year-old produced a thumping volley to send the ball beyond an unmoved Laura Giuliani. Napoli may have avoided automatic relegation, but they could still join Pomigliano in the second tier. They will go into a playoff against Serie B’s second-placed side.

Como 2-0 Pomigliano

Pomigliano’s lingering survival hopes were extinguished in Sunday’s defeat to Como. Following a goalless first half, Melania Martinovic guided the ball home to open the scoring in the 53rd minute. Julia Karlernäs then headed in from Oona Sevenius’ inviting cross to double Como’s advantage.

Pomigliano’s miserable day was compounded when Iris Rabot failed to convert her 83rd-minute penalty. Pomigliano will round off the campaign with a home game against Napoli before they prepare for life in Serie B.

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