AC Milan Women extended their win streak from last week to this week. The team produced a resounding victory against Empoli as they trounced the Tuscans by a score of 3-0.
With this victory, Milan pulls ahead of Sassuolo by a point as they are now in third place in the Serie A Femminile table. The team has also reduced the gap with their rivals AS Roma to just five points.
Here’s a recap of how the victory happened…
Empoli (4-3-1-2): Capelletti; Oliviero, De Rita (81′ Nicolini), Maia (46′ Binazzi), Mella; Monterubbiano (70′ Silvioni), Bellucci, Cinotti; Tamborini (70′ Nocchi); Bragonzi (81′ Morreale), Dompig
AC Milan (3-4-3): Giuliani; Árnadóttir, Agard, Fusetti (63′ Thrige); Guagni, Adami (70′ Boureille), Grimshaw, Tucceri Cimini; Thomas, Piemonte (79′ Longo), Bergamaschi.
The Match Itself
The Rossonere began the game in fresh, new kits, as the players sported the team’s fourth jersey of the season. They also welcomed familiar faces, as Martina Piemonte was reintroduced back into the lineup. The first chance of the game, however, fell to the hosts, as Juventus loanee Asia Bragonzi put the Rossonere under pressure in the second minute. It would not take long for Milan to find the lead though, as they scored the game’s first goal in the fourth minute.
Laura Agard swung in the cross from the right Bergamaschi fired it home with an acrobatic finish. After the early goal, Milan were able to dictate the tempo of the game, as they snuffed all attempts from the Azzurre to get on the front foot. The Rossonere then doubled their lead in the 17th minute through their French forward, Lindsey Thomas. Italian fullback, Alia Guagni, crossed the ball towards the Scottish midfielder, Christy Grimshaw, who laid it off for Thomas to stick it into the back of the net. The rest of the first half passed by without too much action, save for an attempt from Thomas, which Grimshaw deflected into the hands of Alessia Capelletti.
After the halftime interval ended, Milan started the second half just with the same intensity they had during the first. The Rossonere smothered the Azzurre and did not allow them to create any clear-cut chances. Milan would not have to wait long to score again, as they got their third in the 55th minute. Lindsey Thomas bagged her brace and her third in all competitions for the club, as she converted an inch-perfect cross from Linda Tucceri Cimini.
Not content with the assist, the fullback then went close to scoring herself, as she fired wide after making a run into the box (74′). Midfielder Celeste Boureille then came off the bench to great effect as she came close to scoring on a few occasions. Sadly, none of those chances were converted. Empoli also had a late opportunity through midfielder Marta Morreale but her effort was dealt with rather comfortably by Laura Giuliani.
In the end, the match would end 3-0, and the Rossonere would emerge the victors.
Milan had less possession than their opponents during the game, as they only had the ball 48.1% of the time. They also had fewer shots overall, as they only had eleven compared to Empoli’s fifteen. However, Milan were more clinical than their Tuscan counterparts and converted three of their chances.
This is why they were able to win the game and keep a clean sheet in the process.
— FIGC Calcio Femminile (@FIGCfemminile) April 3, 2022
Serie A Femminile will take a brief hiatus for the international break during the next two weeks. A few Milan players have been summoned by their respective national teams for international duty. Among them are the Rossonere’s own Laura Giuliani and Valentina Bergamaschi, as they have been convened by Italy to help the Azzurre qualify for next year’s Women’s World Cup.
Afterwards, Milan will resume league play with a match against A.S.D.C. Pomigliano on April 24th. They will also meet former Rossonere forward, Deborah Salvatori Rinaldi, on that Sunday. Kickoff time for the match has yet to be determined and we will update you with the details as soon as they’re made available.