The AC Milan Women suffered a bad defeat to ACF Fiorentina by a score of 3-1 on Sunday. It was their second-worst defeat of the season, right after their 4-0 loss against Juventus.
The Milan Women started off the match well, as they had a few chances to score in the early stages.
However, things began to change after Daniela Sabatino put the Viola ahead at the eighth minute. Sabatino also happens to be an ex-Milan player. Things would only get worse from thereafter Mária Korenčiová was expelled at the 14th minute for what was deemed a denial of a goal-scoring opportunity.
Though the expulsion was rather questionable — Milan could have avoided their second-half collapse by not losing their heads and defending better. Goalkeeper Alessia Piazza, who replaced Korenčiová after her expulsion, made two mistakes that allowed Fiorentina’s Valery Vigilucci and Sara Baldi to score.
As a result, Milan lost the match 3-1. The result was disappointing and is a slight setback to their goal of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
However, not all hope is lost for the team. The Rossonere can still qualify for next season’s tournament if they tie or beat Sassuolo, their direct rivals for second place, and beat Hellas Verona during their final match of the season.
Milan also have a superior goal differential and head-to-head record over the Neroverde. If the two teams end up tied and Milan maintains their goal difference, then the FIGC could use the same metrics that they used last season to determine the final standings. Last season, Fiorentina went to the Champions League and qualified at the expense of Milan due to superior goal differential.
With this in mind, this would be one of the ways that Milan could finish in second place. The teams that finish in the top two of the table at the season’s end, will qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Rossonere’s most likely path to Europe, however, would be to win their last two games of the championship.
A full breakdown of the game and what went wrong will be posted later. For now, you can watch the highlights of the match down below.