Fiorentina’s grip on a Women’s Champions League place loosens, Napoli secure huge three points

The Poule Scudetto has started terribly for Fiorentina who may soon be looking over their shoulder when it comes to Women's Champions League qualification, as they were hammered by Juventus on Women's Serie A Matchday 21.

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The split in the Women’s Serie A table has already thrown up plenty of unexpected results and Matchday 21 confirmed that Fiorentina are in their worst form of the whole season, suffering a fourth straight defeat and a third in the Poule Scudetto.

Unfortunately from an entertainment perspective, the main positions in the Women’s Serie A table have looked pretty secure for some time now, but this poor form from Sebastian de la Fuente‘s side could open the door to some late-season drama.

Further down, a victory for Napoli over Sampdoria has ensured that Pomigliano have a massive task ahead of them if they are even to get a relegation play-off place to try and save their skin.

Fiorentina are sliding; Inter and Sassuolo watch on

Fiorentina got better and better as the regular season went on with De la Fuente‘s side playing an attractive brand of football and seeming to cut out some of the daft results that held them back last season.

The likes of Veronica Boquete, Madelen Janogy, Michela Catena and Norma Cinotti have been really impressive, as have others. That was why for a brief spell before the split, you could almost make a case for them catching Juventus in second place. By the split, there were four points between them. Now, that gap is eight points and Juventus still have a game in hand.

Juventus Women Echegini
Juventus Women’s Joe Echegini and Cristiana Girelli celebrate against Fiorentina Women. [Photo:juventus.com]

Having lost to AS Roma on the final day of the regular season, Fiorentina have now lost against Sassuolo, Inter and Juventus to begin the Poule Scudetto. Not only that, they have conceded eight times and failed to score a single goal. The latest defeat was by a 4-0 scoreline away at Juventus, with Joe Echegini shining as she bagged a hat-trick and became our Player of the Week after Julia Grosso had opened the scoring.

The gap to Inter in fourth place is now nine points, and it was 13 before the split. The gap could prove too big to close with the two sides only playing each other one more time, but Inter have certainly been a lot more impressive in the Poule Scudetto and will be eyeing up that third place, which is the final UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification place. Sassuolo are also in the picture as they are 10 points behind Fiorentina with a game in hand and one more chance to beat La Viola.

Napoli open a gap to Pomigliano

With Roma set to win the title again, there is more focus on the bottom of Women’s Serie A. Second-bottom will be in a relegation play-off against a team from Serie B, whilst bottom is relegated.

The bottom two will almost certainly be Napoli and Pomigliano because AC Milan, Sampdoria and Como Women have far more points, but Napoli have put themselves in a superb position to secure the play-off and avoid automatic relegation at Pomigliano‘s expense. The two Campania sides do, though, still have two derby games to play against one another.

Sampdoria have been one of the success stories of the season but they were beaten 2-0 away at Napoli on Matchday 21. Both sides had chances in the first half but the second began with Marija Banusic‘s corner being palmed in by Amanda Tampieri. The points were secured by an impressive Paloma Lazaro goal in the 82nd minute.

Napoli have now played the same number of games as their Campanian rivals but are four points better off. Crucially, though, they have to play each other twice. Pomigliano can still take six points from Napoli and that would change everything, but the Azzurre have control of their own destiny.

Women’s Serie A 2023/24: Matchday 21 results

DateFixture
Fri, Mar 29Inter 1-2 AS Roma
Sat, Mar 30Juventus 4-0 Fiorentina
Sat, Mar 30Como W. 1-4 AC Milan
Sat, Mar 30Napoli F. 2-0 Sampdoria

Women’s Serie A Poule Scudetto table

PosClubMPPts
1AS Roma2057
2Juventus2047
3Fiorentina2139
4Inter2130
5Sassuolo2029

Women’s Serie A Poule Salvezza table

PosClubMPPts
1AC Milan2027
2Sampdoria2124
3Como W.2122
4Napoli2010
5Pomigliano206

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