In what has been a complicated 2023/24 for Juventus Women, the Bianconere got their hands on the season’s first silverware as they beat Serie A title rivals AS Roma to the Supercoppa Italiana Femminile. They ran out deserved 2-1 winners in a close-fought encounter in Cremona.
With Roma leading the way by six points in Women’s Serie A and having beaten Juventus already in the league this season, there was an increased pressure on Joe Montemurro‘s side to get over the line at the Stadio Giovanni Zini.
Juventus started the stronger in the Women’s Super Cup
The Bianconere came out of the traps very much looking like a side who had something to prove, and they got at Roma‘s backline from the very off. Linda Sembrant sent the game’s first effort over the crossbar on the end of a corner, and shortly after another clever corner from the same right-hand side saw Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir drag an effort wide.
While Roma looked to respond at the other end, the reigning champions were met with an impermeable wall in the form of a flawless Estelle Cascarino alongside Sembrant at the heart of Juventus’ back four, and Martina Lenzini gave Emilie Haavi no joy at all out wide either.
The breakthrough came when another set piece caused havoc in the Roma box, and Gunnarsdottir‘s attempt to put the ball in the general direction of the goal saw Evelyne Viens turn it into her own goal.
But Roma had found themselves in this very position before. Back in April they had to weather a fierce Juventus storm at the Stadio Tre Fontane before a late winner effectively sealed their first-ever Women’s Serie A title, and so they knew they had it in them to respond.
That response came in emphatic fashion, too. With Giada Greggi shuffling around on the left, she cut her way into the middle and the ball found its way to Saki Kumagai about 25 yards from goal. Without much hesitation, the Japan international superbly picked out the top corner of Pauline Peyraud-Magnin‘s goal to restore parity.
More chances came and went at both ends, with Peyraud-Magnin denying Greggi and Manuela Giugliano firing over for the Giallorosse, while Lineth Beerensteyn had no luck for Juventus and Sofia Cantore put the day’s biggest chance wide, rebounding a Maelle Garbino strike that Camelia Ceasar had saved.
Magic Maelle Garbino seals the Super Cup in style
If Kumagai‘s leveller was a goal worthy of a final, then the eventual winner was one that deserves to win any game and competition. After Cantore had sent another effort wide, the Bianconere came knocking again and the ball eventually made its way out to Garbino on the right. Garbino then shifted onto her left foot and sent an inch-perfect curled effort looping over a crowded box and Ceasar to pick out the top corner.
The latter stages were tense for Juventus as Roma continued to probe their defensive resilience, but with Cascarino, Lenzini, Sembrant, Julia Grosso and the rest all looking impossible to overcome, the Bianconere saw things out and got their hands on the Italian Women’s Super Cup.