It was a really tough task. In spite of the many absences, the Rossonere prevailed and are through to the second final in their history after beating Roma by two goals to one. Thomas and Bergamaschi got the goals - both in the first half - and AC Milan are through to the final of the Supercup. It was a huge display of character, spirit and sacrifice, especially in the final moments of a tough match as the team dug in and resisted the Giallorosse's final assault. Martina Piemonte and Alia Guagni both started and impressed on their debuts; neither player looked out of place in Maurizio Ganz's system. This win, in part, is a bit of revenge over Roma following the Coppa Italia final last May. Now, the Rossonere will wait to find out their opponent for the final on Saturday 8 January at the Stadio Benito Stirpe in Frosinone as Juventus and Sassuolo contest the other semi-final.
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The first real chance of the game fell to Glionna, who forced Giuliani into a save at her near post. In the ninth minute, AC Milan threatened as Caesar struggled to deal with Tucceri Cimini's corner. Nine minutes later, Grimshaw broke away through the middle and chose to shoot rather than play Guagni in. In the 21st minute, Martina Piemonte - fed by Thomas - had a chance but fired over from close range. Roma struggled to move the ball around and, in the space of five minutes, the Rossonere struck twice. First, in the 32nd minute, Bergamaschi set Thomas up for the tap in. Then, in the 36th minute, the provider turned goalscorer as Valentina headed home the Rossonere's second from a pinpoint cross from Linda Tucceri Cimini.
The Rossonere looked good in the second half too and had a trio of chances between the 56th and 59th minute. The first fell to Adami, who so nearly caught Caesar off guard from a long way out. Then, Thomas and Piemonte provided panic in the Roma penalty area, winning a corner. The biggest chance of the three fell to Alia Guagni, who broke quickly and forced Caesar into a smart save. After a long period of pressure, Roma got back into it in the 73rd minute through Ciccoti, who put it past Giuliani following Lazaro's through ball. AC Milan needed to dig deep to withstand a final assault from the Giallorosse in the last quarter of an hour before, in added time, we went close to a third through Guagni and then Grimshaw. The scoreline didn't change; it ended 2-1 to AC Milan and our girls are through to the final!
ROMA 1-2 AC MILAN
ROMA (4-3-3): Ceasar; Di Guglielmo, Swaby, Pettenuzzo, Bartoli (62' Lazaro); Haavi, Giugliano, Andressa; Glionna, Pirone, Serturini (46' Ciccotti) (81' Thaisa). Subs.: Soffia, Bernauer, Greggi, Baldi, Magalhaes, Corelli. Coach: Spugna.
AC MILAN (3-4-3): Giuliani; Codina, Agard, Fusetti; Bergamaschi (68' Thrige), Adami, Grimshaw, Tucceri Cimini; Thomas, Piemonte (76' Longo), Guagni. Subs.: Babb, Fedele; Árnadóttir; Dal Brun, Premoli, Selimhodzic; Miotto. Coach: Ganz.
Referee: Giordano from Novara
Goals: 32' Thomas (M), 36' Bergamaschi (M), 73' Ciccotti (R)
Bookings: 42' Pettenuzzo (R), 77' Codina (M), 92' Andressa (R).
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