Once again, the Derby belongs to the Rossonere. After winning their previous meeting, as well as the round of 16 tie in the Coppa Italia, AC Milan also beat Inter in their third encounter of the season. After a hard-fought game, it finished 2-1 at the Stadio Brianteo in Monza. The opponents battled well, giving their all and causing a scare after taking the lead at the start of the second half, but in the end the Rossonere’s usual fighting spirit made the difference. Another reaction full of desire and anger, another comeback, another win. Thorvaldsdottir and Giacinti’s goals were decisive, reacting well after the captain’s missed penalty to inspire the team to a win. Three hard-earned points and one big step as they return to second place in the league, level with Fiorentina on 32 points and narrowing the gap at the top to just six points. With matchday 14 done, the Women’s Serie A will take a break next weekend to make way for the first leg of the Coppa Italia quarter-final against Fiorentina.
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Lively from the off. The first chance of the game fell to the Nerazzurre in the 8th minute, Korenciova making two big saves to keep out Marinelli and then Tarenzi. The Rossonere then grew into the game, Heroum heading just over in the 11th minute and Begić somehow missing an open net in the 22nd. More chances came however, with Tucceri Cimini’s free kick only stopped by a deflection off Hovland in the 33rd minute and Giacinti’s shot flying just wide in the 37th. But it was the away side who found the breakthrough six minutes into the second half, Bartanova’s cross somehow ending up in the net after Tarenzi’s dummy fooled Korenciova. AC Milan refused to lie down, pushing back with chances of their own through Heroum’s shot and Salvatori Rinaldi’s header, and after 69 minutes the well-deserved equaliser arrived, Thorvaldsdottir drilling her left-footed effort into the corner. Giacinti had the chance to win it with a penalty after Merlo’s handball in the 72nd minute, the Nerazzurre defender sent off with a second yellow, but she fired her effort wide from twelve yards. However, our Rossonere talisman certainly redeemed herself in the 78th minute, touching it down in the box and firing her shot across Aprile to make it 2-1 at full-time.
AC MILAN 2-1 INTER
AC MILAN (4-3-3): Korenčiová; Bergamaschi (82' Vitale), Hovland, Fusetti, Tucceri Cimini; Čonč, Jane, Heroum (61' Mauri); Giacinti, Thorvaldsdottir, Begić (55' Salvatori Rinaldi). Subs.: Piazza; Capelli, Carissimi, Kuliš; Longo, Tamborini. Coach: Ganz.
INTER (4-4-2): Aprile; Merlo, D'Adda, Auvinen, Bartonova; Marinelli, Brustia (59' Rincon), Alborghetti, Pandini; Tarenzi (86' Van Kerkhoven), Baresi (76' Debever). Subs.: Marchitelli; Capucci, Fracaros; Pisano, Santi; Goldoni. Coach: Sorbi.
Referee: Sfira from Pordenone.
Goals: 51' Bartonova (I), 69' Thorvaldsdottir (M), 78' Giacinti (M).
Bookings: 32' Alborghetti (I), 61' Bartonova (I), 89' Marinelli (I).
Red card: 71' Merlo (I) for a second yellow.
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