Serie A Femminile is back for a brand new season and there were a couple of very early eyebrow-raising results for the likes of Sassuolo and AC Milan.
There is a new feel to the league now that it is fully professional and there is a brand new format with just 10 teams involved. You can get the details in our Serie A Femminile season preview.
There were five games to get stuck into from the opening weekend and it wasn’t all plain sailing for some of the teams routinely near the top of the table.
Sassuolo and AC Milan start with defeats
It was not the start that Sassuolo would have wanted or perhaps expected as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Sampdoria, a team who were firmly in mid-table last season.
The Neroverde have lost a fair few important players and there is certainly more goalscoring responsibility on Lana Clelland this season. She rose to that by getting the opener as she charged down the goalkeeper, Amanda Tampieri, robbed the ball and slotted it into an empty net.
It went downhill in the second half though. A very poor backpass from new midfielder Eleonora Goldoni led to Kelly Gago getting the equaliser for Samp.
Gago then became the hero in the 82nd minute as she rose highest to head in a corner and give her side the perfect start to the new campaign where they will be trying to break into the top four teams and certainly be in the top half when the table splits.
If Sassuolo aren’t the team that they have their eye on to displace from the top four, it could be Milan.
The Rossonere had a really poor start to a campaign that many have feared could be a rough ride. They are still under the guidance of Maurizio Ganz who had developed a reputation for falling out with players such as Valentina Giacinti and Veronica Boquete who left midway through the previous season.
There are a host of talented players there but they found themselves 3-0 down at home to Fiorentina by halftime. There were players such as Kamila Dubcova in roles that did not suit their skill-sets.
The only positive was that new signing from Real Madrid, Kosovare Asllani looked dangerous and got their goal in the second half.
Juventus and AS Roma get off the mark
By the latter few games of the 2021/22 campaign, Juventus and Roma were clearly the two best teams in the division.
Roma’s aim this season is to carry that form into the new campaign and see if they can finally stop Juve’s monopoly of league titles. They started in the right way with a very routine 2-0 away win against Pomigliano.
Giacinti got her first goal for the club which will settle her down nicely and there was also a lovely goal from Andressa Alves who is set to torment defenders again this season. Alessandro Spugna will be pleased with the way his team got the job done, likely without expelling too much energy.
Needless to say though, Juventus also got off to the start that they wanted. They were away at newly-promoted Como and Cristiana Girelli decided to to really turn things on and score a hat-trick in the first half.
There was also a great goal from Lisa Boattin and a debut double from Lineth Beerensteyn who was given a start soon after joining from Bayern Munich.
It is a very ominous result for the rest of the division, especially given Milan and Sassuolo have already lost a game that borderline rules them out of the title race. Milan lost one game in the 2020/21 season and didn’t win the title.
Roma look set to be the team bringing the fight to Juve in the long run.
The other game saw brand-new side Parma lost 4-1 away at a very impressive looking Inter side where Gloria Marinelli and Ghoutia Karchouni really ran the show.
The next Serie A Femminile fixtures
The big game next weekend will see Roma at home to Milan, game that the Rossonere could well be fearing now. There is also a Derby d’Italia as Juventus are at home to Inter who may have their eye on an upset with the confidence they’ve taken from the Parma game.
Samp will be at home to Pomigliano, Fiorentina take on Como in Tuscany and Parma play their first Serie A Femminile game at the Stadio Ennio Tardini against Sassuolo. Those games are not until the weekend beginning September 10 due to the international break.
In the meantime, Italy will be looking to secure qualification for the Women’s World Cup with two huge games.
Serie A Femminile Matchday 1 Results
|Date||Serie A Femminile Results|
|Saturday, August 27||Como 0-6 Juventus|
|Sunday, August 28||AC Milan 1-3 Fiorentina|
|Sunday, August 28||Pomigliano 0-2 AS Roma|
|Sunday, August 28||Inter 4-1 Parma|
|Sunday, August 28||Sassuolo 1-2 Sampdoria|
Serie A Femminile Table after Matchday 1