Parma blow crucial opportunity at Serie A Femminile survival, Chawinga impresses again

Parma had the chance to give themselves fresh hope of staying in Serie A Femminile when they hosted Como, but Domenico Panico's side did not take it, meaning the situation looks bleak.

Michela Cambiaghi in action for Parma Women. [@ParmaCalcio_en]

Parma failed to take advantage of a perfect situation in Serie A Femminile on Matchday 25 as they blew a 2-0 lead at home to Como, having seen major relegation rivals Pomigliano lose the day before.

With the Scudetto Pool having already had everything decided other than the battle to finish in third place, all of the focus is now on which two out of three possible teams is going to go down to Serie B Femminile and/or contest a playoff against a Serie B side.

Michela Cambiaghi in action for Parma Women. [@ParmaCalcio_en]

Parma miss chance to make up serious ground on Pomigliano

Things have been looking bleak for Parma all season long despite the fact there are undoubtedly a lot of talented players in the squad. Domenico Panico’s task of finding a settled starting eleven was never going to be an easy one.

There has been a feeling all along that at some point, the formula will be found and they will drag themselves away from the bottom of the table. That is not how it has panned out and with only two games left to play, automatic relegation in their first-ever season is extremely plausible.

The three teams who can still either go straight down or go through the playoff are Sampdoria, Pomigliano and Parma. Samp did not play at the weekend and Pomigliano were one of the three Saturday games, hosting Sassuolo in Campania.

Como Women players celebrate against Parma. [Photo: Como Women]

Despite keeping it at 1-1 until stoppage time, a late Lana Clelland goal meant that Pomigliano had gained nothing, and Parma had the chance to go level on points with them should they beat already safe Como at home on the Sunday.

Things seemed to be going their way as a great strike from Marija Banusic and another goal from Michela Cambiaghi put Parma 2-0 up at half-time. A distressing injury for youngster Matilde Pavan also meant that Como were without one of their best attackers.

Summing up Parma’s season, they could not hold their nerve and threw away yet more points from a winning position. Camilla Linberg netted in the 71st and 90th minutes to break Parma hearts and leave them needing favours to avoid at least a relegation playoff.

Chawinga shows her immense quality again

One player who really enjoyed her weekend, and her entire season, is Inter’s Tabitha Chawinga. The Malawian forward has been the best attacking player in the division this season and she continued that with a superb hat trick against Fiorentina.

She set up the opener for Elisa Polli with the kind of assist where Chawinga was really about 80% responsible for the goal happening.

She added Inter’s second with a bizarrely ricocheted goal, before showing her immense pace and finishing ability with two more goals from the left side of the attack. There doesn’t appear to be any speculation about her future at this stage and Inter will be desperate to keep hold of her, along with Polli and Ghoutia Karchouni. Chawinga is now up to 22 league goals for the year.

The 4-0 victory gives Inter a great chance to grab third in Serie A Femminile as they still have a game in hand over AC Milan who are two points ahead.

Serie A Femminile Matchday 25 results

DateSerie A Femminile Results
Sat, May 13Pomigliano 1-2 Sassuolo
Sat, May 13Inter 4-0 Fiorentina
Sat, May 13AC Milan 2-2 AS Roma
Sun, May 14Parma 2-2 Como
Juventus and Sampdoria on rest week

Serie A Femminile table

1AS Roma2464
3AC Milan2541
Scudetto pool; Survival pool
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