Advantage AS Roma and Fiorentina after Women’s Coppa Italia semi-final first legs

Both AS Roma and Fiorentina have first-leg leads to protect in the Women's Coppa Italia after beating AC Milan and Juventus in their respective first legs over the weekend.

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AS Roma and Fiorentina took the first-leg advantages in their respective Women’s Coppa Italia semi-final ties, with the Giallorosse beating AC Milan and the Viola claiming a narrow one-goal win over Juventus.

With the completion of the Women’s Serie A regular season having brought domestic action to a temporary pause as the first international break of 2024 subsequently followed, club football returned in Italy with the first of the semi-finals’ two legs. The second legs will be played on March 9 and 10 before Serie A returns with the Poule Scudetto and Poule Salvezza on the weekend of March 16-17.

Lively Pilgrim off the mark as Roma go to Milan and win

AS Roma Women players celebrate an Alayah Pilgrim goal. (@ASRomaWomen)

The first game of the two semi-finals saw AC Milan host Italian champions and last season’s runners-up in the Women’s Coppa Italia in Roma. While the Rossonere did well to keep their visitors out for the majority of the game, most will feel the second leg of the tie is a mere formality as two late goals saw the Giallorosse win 2-0.

An early injury to Benedetta Glionna saw January signing Alayah Pilgrim introduced from the bench after just six minutes, and the Swiss international had been seeking her first goal since joining the club.

Manuela Giugliano struck the post from a free-kick, and Giada Greggi and Valentina Giacinti both had attempts off target as well but Roma were limited and unable to get beyond Milan‘s backline.

But Pilgrim was lively from her early introduction, and everything Roma did seemed to come through her, including another Giugliano effort that crashed down off the crossbar before bouncing clear from the goalline.

Roma‘s lead came with seven minutes of the 90 to play when a half-cleared corner fell to Emilie Haavi on the edge of the box and the Norwegian dispatched a perfect volley into the back of the net. Pilgrim then deservedly got on the scoresheet as she forced her way into the box from the left before firing in at the near post.

The second leg is set for Sunday, March 10 at 15:00 CET in Rome.

Fiorentina edge Juventus in Viola Park

Michela Catena and Alexandra Johannsdottir celebrate a Fiorentina Women’s goal against Juventus. (@ACF_Womens)

The other semi-final remains more in the balance, both due to the scoreline and the fact that the sides are harder to separate any given day, but it’s Fiorentina who travel away to Biella with a lead to protect as Michela Catena scored the only goal of the day in their win over Juventus.

The Bianconere travelled to Tuscany without Julia Grosso – still on international duty with Canada in the Women’s Gold Cup – and with both Lineth Beerensteyn and Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir out through injury, so the visitors’ preparations weren’t exactly ideal.

Fiorentina started on the front foot as well, with Veronica Boquete going close to an opener with a quarter of an hour on the clock. Juventus‘ best chance of a goal looked to be through Joe Echegini, but the Viola had answers for everything the away side looked to do.

The hosts looked the more likely to score throughout, and that opener came when Catena fired in a loose ball in the box after a bit of a scramble. They had previously seen one chalked off when the officials deemed the ball to have gone out of play before Emma Severini turned home.

The second leg is set for Saturday, March 9 at 15:00 CET in Biella.

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