On Saturday, AC Milan played Sassuolo to a 0-0 tie in the Coppa Italia Femminile. The tie allowed Milan to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament.
The game also marked the debut for Milan’s newest signing, Yui Hasegawa. The winger was said to have played well during her debut.
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Unfortunately, the match was not televised for whatever reason. This was the result of poor planning by Milan and the country’s broadcasters (including Sky). It’s also proof that women’s football in Italy still has a ways to go, as no one thought that a match featuring the second most popular team in the country was worth broadcasting.
Their opponents the next round will be crosstown rivals Inter Milan. They’ll play the Nerazzurre on either March 13/14th or April 24/25th.
The FIGC recently unveiled a plan to grow women’s football in Italy. The plan is called ‘Our Tomorrow’. The federation’s plan to grow women’s football includes ‘sustainable’ professionalism by the year 2022.
Currently, AC Milan is the only team that pays pensions for their women’s team in Italy. The hope is that other teams will be financially stable enough to give their players benefits as well.
Milan’s Laura Fusetti and Valentina Giacinti have been nominated for the AIC’s Top 11 awards. The awards are based on the performances for the 2019-2020 season, and will be handed out at a ceremony called the Gran Galà del Calcio.
Laura Fusetti has been nominated as one of the best defenders of last season. On the other hand, Valentina Giacinti, is nominated as one of the best forwards. She faces a competitive field which includes the likes of Cristina Girelli, Barbara Bonansea, and ex-Milan player Daniela Sabatino.
Milan defender Laura Agard is also been shortlisted for the award, although she’s nominated as a Fiorentina player, due to the fact that she played for them last season. The Gran Galà del Calcio will be broadcast live on Sky and will take place sometime in March.
League play is currently on hiatus for the international break. Seven AC Milan players have been summoned by their countries for international duty.
The players are Valentina Giacinti, Laura Fusetti, Valentina Bergamaschi and Linda Tucceri Cimini (Italy), Verena Beka (U19, Italy), Mária Korenčiová (Slovakia) and Dominika Čonč (Slovenia).
The AC Milan Women will be back in action against Bari on Saturday, February 27th.