Even without finding her name on the scoresheet, Emilie Haavi played a key role as champions AS Roma Women came from behind to beat AC Milan on Matchday 10 of the 2023/24 Women’s Serie A season, earning her our Player of the Week prize.
It was the in-form Manuela Giugliano and the newly-lethal Lucia Di Guglielmo who found the net for the Women’s Serie A leaders at the Tre Fontane, but Haavi was as involved as ever and put in a performance that was only missing a goal. Her performance of course also saw her book a place in our Team of the Week for Matchday 10.
AS Roma Women and Emilie Haavi cannot be stopped
With the second half of the regular Women’s Serie A season now one game old, Roma remain unbeaten and looking increasingly hard to stop, boasting a 100% winning record from their 10 games so far.
Although things didn’t start as planned in the capital as Kosovare Asllani converted a first-half penalty to give Milan a surprise lead, Haavi and Roma looked up for the fight and it always looked likely that they would come back. The Norwegian came close to levelling the score before the break, cutting in from the left and firing into the side netting.
The equaliser came before the hour mark and despite Haavi not being credited with the assist, the chance was created by her. Taking the ball out left and a long way from goal, she drove towards the box before squaring to Valentina Giacinti, and the No.9’s failed attempt to control the ball saw it fall to Giugliano to finish.
It was a similar story for Roma‘s second. Haavi again powered down the left and crossed, only for that first attempt to go begging before Di Guglielmo put it away.
Having been named as Women’s Serie A‘s MVP for the Giallorosse’s 2022/23 title-winning season, Haavi has very much continued performing at an incredibly high level as Alessandro Spugna‘s side look to defend their crown in 2023/24.