One week is a very long time in football, and the Women’s Serie A title race is looking very different after AS Roma suffered their first defeat of the season.
The Giallorosse have been, quite simply, strolling towards successive league titles this season. They won their first 12 games, and never really looked like losing. That all changed on Matchday 13 when their trip to Inter ended in a 2-0.
Throw in the fact that Juventus grabbed a victory away at Sassuolo, and things are starting to look a bit different in the Italian women’s top flight. There is no doubt that things are more interesting for the neutral fan now when it comes to the title race, but there are other areas of the table that deserve attention as well.
Juventus have the momentum now
The relentless form of Roma as champions this season has meant that, especially after their win over Juventus, a second title has looked inevitable. If Juventus go on to snatch the crown back from the Giallorosse, Matchday 13 could be the weekend where the tide really turned in their favour.
It was Alessandro Spugna‘s side who took to the field first on Matchday 13. A trip to face Inter was in store for this Roma team that actually lost their Coppa Italia quarter-final first leg against Napoli 2-0 in the days prior.
It was easily their worst Serie A display of the season and goals from Agnese Bonfantini and Elisa Polli meant Roma had lost for the first time all season.
That gave Juventus their first opportunity of the season to close the six-point gap that existed between the two teams. When you factor in that Juventus recently won the Supercoppa Italiana against Juventus, their late 1-0 win over Sassuolo only helps to build their momentum.
The win came thanks to an 89th-minute winner from new signing Jennifer Onyi Echegini. That in itself holds some symbolism, in the sense that Juventus may have found yet another midfielder who can score goals which will give them a boost for the rest of the campaign.
This month, we’ve seen Juventus remind everyone that they can beat Roma when the two sides meet, and we’ve seen a chink finally emerge in Roma‘s armour. It has breathed fresh life into the Women’s Serie A title race, and built anticipation for when the two sides meet in Rome on February 4.
Staskova gives AC Milan something to work with
Towards the other end of the table, it has been a particularly torrid season so far for AC Milan who are on their second coach of the campaign.
Davide Corti has now had six games in charge of the Rossonere and it finally looks like they might have something to build on. Having been beaten by Inter, Roma and Juventus, whilst drawing with Napoli in the first four games, Milan now have back-to-back wins across the Coppa Italia and Serie A.
The 3-0 win in the cup away at Sassuolo built some confidence which they carried into the home game against Como Women, going 3-0 up after just over an hour. Two late goals from Como meant that the 3-2 scoreline does not look so flattering, but it was Andrea Staskova that grabbed the headlines.
She stooped to head in from a corner after 12 minutes, having already had a good header saved. She also added the third in the second half, with her presence in the box causing real issues for Como.
Having scored one goal against Juventus in a game where she really should have had three, she is building some goalscoring form which Milan need to make the most of if they are going to squeeze into the top half of the table before the split.
Women’s Serie A 2023/24: Matchday 13 results
|Sat, Jan 20
|Sampodoria 0-0 Napoli
|Sat, Jan 20
|Inter 2-0 AS Roma
|Sun, Jan 21
|Fiorentina 3-1 Pomigliano
|Sun, Jan 21
|Sassuolo 0-1 Juventus
|Sun, Jan 21
|AC Milan 3-2 Como W.
Women’s Serie A table