The task of beating Juventus Women to the Serie A Femminile title is not an enviable one. The Bianconere have won the last five titles and they’re certainly the team to beat again this season.
Their nearest challengers when all is said and done are likely to be AS Roma Women. The Giallorosse pushed Juventus close last season after an incredible last two-thirds of the season.
This season, they’ve got UEFA Women’s Champions League football to throw into the mix as well which is going to make their domestic campaign harder – as do Juventus. The impressive form shown by Inter and Fiorentina so far is also a factor working against them, but in the latter portion of the season, it is most likely to be them and Juventus doing battle.
AS Roma leave it late to beat Sassuolo
It was a very tough game to predict when AS Roma headed north to face Sassuolo in Emilia-Romagna. The Neroverde have been very disappointing this season and have just one point, but there is always a feeling that they could click back into life and start to resemble the side that was so impressive at times last season. Their only point had come in their last home outing at the Stadio Enzo Ricci – impressing and holding Juventus.
The home side did hold their own for almost the whole game and had some very good chances of their own to get some points. Despite what the league table says, there has been clear evidence to suggest that they have enough to avoid a shock relegation this season.
As for Roma, they also had a decent number of chances to get in front and they had to really believe in their own ability to find the back of the net.
The psychological difficulties that come with trying to outdo a juggernaut such as Juventus are severe and that is why it would have been so easy for Roma to lose their cool and end up leaving Sassuolo having dropped points.
Instead, though, the Giallorosse kept at their task and refused to believe that there wasn’t a way through. It eventually came in the 92nd minute after some wonderful work on the left from Emilie Haavi. She got the ball into the box where it eventually fell loose to Elisa Bartoli whose scuffed shot found its way into the bottom corner.
Wild celebrations were sparked amongst the Roma players and bench who knew just how vital a goal that was. It is not the way that Roma will want to win most games going forward, but it is the sort of win that can further build the togetherness in the group.
Alessandro Spugna’s side will need every ounce of that if they are to topple Juventus when the time comes.
Inter get the better of AC Milan & Juventus win again
The other major result of the weekend saw Inter demolish AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina. Inter came into the weekend as league leaders and they come out of it in the same position and with a 4-0 Milan Derby win over Milan to crow about.
Milan had won three on the bounce in a return to form but they seemed to be no match on the day for the Nerazzurre. The goals there came from Stefanie van der Gragt, Tabitha Chawinga, and a double from the seemingly unstoppable Elisa Polli.
Juventus had a tricky looking away trip to Sampdoria to contend with but they won 4-0 thanks to goals from Amanda Nilden (2), the returning Barbara Bonansea, and Sofia Cantore.
Fiorentina remained towards the top of the table after beating Pomigliano 1-0 and Parma suffered a surprising 4-1 loss to Como.
The next Serie A Femminile fixtures
The action is straight back again at the weekend and the standout fixture sees AC Milan hosting Juventus. Sassuolo will try and produce a shock to get their season back on track as they host Inter.
AS Roma will be at home to Como, Fiorentina will host Sampdoria, and Parma will try and avoid another defeat as Pomigliano come to town.
Serie A Femminile Matchday 6 results
|Date||Serie A Femminile Results|
|Saturday, October 15||Pomigliano 0-1 Fiorentina|
|Saturday, October 15||Como 4-1 Parma|
|Saturday, October 15||Inter 4-0 AC Milan|
|Sunday, October 16||Sassuolo 0-1 AS Roma|
|Sunday, October 16||Sampdoria 0-4 Juventus|
Serie A Femminile table after Matchday 6