The Italy Women’s National Team enjoyed the perfect start to their qualification campaign for the 2025 Women’s European Championship with an impressive 2-0 home win over the Netherlands in Calabria. This latest victory serves as further signs of the team’s improvement since the appointment of Andrea Soncin as coach.

Goals from AS Roma forward Valentina Giacinti and Inter‘s Agnese Bonfantini saw the Azzurre pick up three important and perhaps unexpected points against their Dutch visitors in Cosenza.

The Italy Women’s National Team line up. (@AzzurreFIGC)

Italy unexpectedly started much the stronger of the sides and would have left the Netherlands shocked by taking the lead as early as the fourth minute through Giacinti. Showing signs of a partnership that has strengthened with Roma over the last two seasons, the No.9 made a clever run behind the Dutch backline that was picked out by Manuela Giugliano, and Giacinti made no mistake in firing across goal and into the far corner when in on the right.

It was another familiar club combination that brought about the second, though Bonfantini was aided by a slice of good fortune as she doubled the Azzurre‘s lead. Inter forward Michela Cambiaghi caused problems out wide before her cross dipped and came back off the post. Cambiaghi‘s Nerazzurre teammate Bonfantini, well placed and ready to pounce beneath the crossbar, was on hand to turn the ball over the line.

Italy Women’s National Team players – including Michela Cambiaghi, Lisa Boattin and Agnese Bonfantini – celebrate. (@AzzurreFIGC)

The win sees the Azzurre kick their qualification campaign off with three points and they now sit second as Norway beat Finland 4-0 elsewhere.

Next up for Italy is a trip to Helsinki to face Finland on Tuesday, April 9.