women11 March 2023


After Piemonte's opener, Roma came back to win 3-1 as they go through

It hurts. After a game full of heart and sacrifice, the Rossonere fell to defeat in the 101st minute as the Coppa Italia final dream slipped through their fingers. It ended 3-1 to Roma, who overturned Milan's initial lead handed to them by Piemonte. Andressa, Giacinti and Losada got the goals for the Giallorosse. Even though the end result hurts, the girls deserve plenty of applause for this cup run. After winning the first leg 1-0, Ganz's side gave it everything, losing only to a goal in the eleventh minute of added time when only eight had initially been signalled.

This will leave a bitter taste in the mouth for a team that deeply deserved to go through and, until the goal that made it 2-1 and the bad injury to Guagni, were largely in control. Losada's late winner came just moments before the full-time whistle, though a draw over two legs would have probably been the right result. There is sure to be a lot of disappointment but our girls can move on, safe in the knowledge that they had a great tournament. This group deserves some silverware, which will come eventually. Forza ragazze!


The Rossonere got off to a quick start as Guagni crossed in towards Grimshaw, though Bartoli intervened in a timely fashion. The hosts then ground through the gears and forced AC Milan to lower the tempo. In the eleventh minute, Adami made a brilliant headed clearance to deny Haavi. Ganz's girls kept going and threatened from dead ball situations; Minami was forced into a save to deny Nouwen from a corner in the 24th minute. Despite the Giallorosse's pressure, it was the Rossonere who took the lead. Guagni crossed in again, this time Martina Piemonte - capitalising on a defensive error - got on the end of it and stuck it past Ceasar (31'). The lead on the day didn't last long and Andressa got the hosts back into the tie, heading home from Serturini's ball in.

The second half kicked off and, five minutes later, Giugliano send a low, driven effort wide of Babb's goal. Roma kept pushing but AC Milan responded with two quick-fire chances. First, Bergamaschi headed over from Viglucci's ball in (59') before, one minute later, Bergamaschi crossed in for Adami, only for Bartoli to produce a stunning piece of defending to deny an almost certain goal. The turning point came in the 62nd minute. Guagni beat Haavi to the ball but fell to the ground due to a severe injury; the Roma player chose to play on and let fly an effort, which was saved by Babb but Giacinti was there to turn home the rebound and make it 2-1 (2-2 on aggregate). Milan were forced into a change and the lengthy break meant that eight minutes of added time were shown on the fourth official's board. Babb made a save in the 99th minute to deny Greggi but the Giallorosse did score in the 101st minute, Losada turning home from Giugliano's cross. And that was all she wrote, 3-1 to Roma.


ROMA 3-1 AC MILAN (3-2 agg.)

ROMA (4-3-3): Ceasar; Bartoli (75' Di Guglielmo), Linari, Wenninger, Minami; Greggi, Giugliano, Andressa (62' Glionna); Serturini, Giacinti (80' Losada), Haavi. Subs: Öhrström; Ciccotti, Cinotti, Kollmats, Kramzar, Landström. Coach: Spugna. 

AC MILAN (4-3-3): Babb; Guagni (65' Árnadóttir), Mesjasz, Nouwen, Thrige; Adami, Grimshaw, Dubcová K.; Bergamaschi, Piemonte, Vigilucci (65' Thomas). Subs: Fedele, Giuliani; Carage, Fusetti, Soffia; Mascarello; Dubcová M.. Coach: Ganz. 

Referee: Kumara from Verona.
Goals: 31' Piemonte (M), 41' Andressa (R), 62' Giacinti (R), 101' Losada (R).
Booked: 61' Adami (M), 83' Linari (R).
Sent off: 64' Ganz (M).

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