2020 has begun poorly for the Rossonere, who were defeated by Empoli Ladies on home soil this afternoon on matchday 11 in the women's Serie A. It was a bad day for Coach Ganz's girls, with a long absentee list not helping matters. The team suffered their first home loss of the season and their second in total following on from the away defeat against Florentia San Gimignano. After a bright opening 15 minutes, AC Milan were unable to perform to the best of their abilities. The two opposition goals scored by Prugna and Di Guglielmo came in the second half and, despite reducing the arrears in the closing stages through Linda Tucceri, the Rossonere failed to really get back into it. AC Milan remain on 20 points in the league as they wait to play their game in hand against Pink Bari. Next up for the team is a fixture against Roma at 12:30 CET on Monday 20 January at Vismara.
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AC Milan started on the front foot as both Giacinti and Bergamaschi threatened early on. In the 23rd minute, Vitale directed Giacinti's cross towards goal with her left foot but was denied by Baldi's fine stop. Empoli Ladies began to grow into the game, with the outrushing Korenčiová doing really well to thwart Acuti after 29 minutes. A minute later, Hovland came close to converting Tucceri Cimini's corner before Cintotti then fired over a virtually unguarded net. After the restart, the away side quickly took the lead: Prugna got on the end of Hjohlman's miscued effort and fired in from close range. The Rossonere were struggling to create any chances and fell further behind with 82 minutes on the clock as Di Guglielmo finished off another Hjohlman assist. With the match coming to an end, Linda Tucceri Cimini reduced the arrears after being set up by Heroum, but it wasn't to be for Ganz's girls.
AC MILAN 1-2 EMPOLI LADIES
AC Milan (4-3-3): Korenčiová; Vitale, Hovland, Fusetti, Tucceri; Mauri, Carissimi (56' Jane), Čonč (69' Heroum); Bergamaschi, Giacinti, Žigić (62' Longo). Substitutes: Piazza; Bellucci, Capelli, Kulis, Tamborini. Coach: Ganz.
Empoli (4-3-3): Baldi; Prugna, Papaleo (83' Anghileri), Garnier (87' De Rita), Hjohlman, Simonetti, Acuti, Giatras, Di Guglielmo, Cinotti, Varriale. Substitutes: Lugli, Boglioni, De Vecchis, Ness, Morucci, Cotrer. Coach. Pistolesi.
Referee: Lovison from Padua.
Goals: 53' Prugna (E), 82' Di Guglielmo (E), 88' Tucceri Cimini.
Booked: 26' Bergamaschi (M).
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