Hellas Verona 0-6 AC Milan Women: Rossonere bounce back with trashing

By Steph Insixiengmay -

AC Milan Women got back to their winning ways with an emphatic win over Hellas Verona. The team won 6-0 and with that, the team is slowly climbing their way back up the table and keeping pace in the race for Europe next season.

Here’s a recap of how they won the match below…

The Lineups

Hellas Verona (4-3-3): Håland; Ledri, Horvat, Ambrosi, De Santis (68′ Oliva); De Cao (57′ Pasini), Mancuso (57′ Lotti), Sardu; Anghileri (68′ Casellato), Rognoni, Jelenčić

AC Milan (3-4-3):  Giuliani; Guagni, Fusetti, Árnadottir; Thrige, Adami, Grimshaw (56 ‘Selimhodzic), Tucceri Cimini (78’ Miotto); Bergamaschi (56 ‘Stapelfeldt), Longo (72’ Piedmont), Thomas (72 ‘Cortesi)

The Match Itself

Maurizio Ganz made a few changes to the side that started in the Supercup final. For starters, he moved Guagni back to the role of defender. Italy’s vice-captain started alongside Milan’s vice-captain, Laura Fusetti, and Guðný Árnadóttir. Sara Thrige was also given a starting berth and Miriam Longo took to the pitch from the first minute. Within the first few minutes, the Rossonere went on the front foot and created chances through Christy Grimshaw and Valentina Bergamaschi.

It was the latter that opened up the team’s scoring account in the twelfth minute, as Valentina let fly with a right-footed rocket that flew into the back of the net. Thomas and Grimshaw had two more chances before Milan would quadruple their advantage. First, Longo finished off another Thomas assist after Árnadóttir had hit the bar (26 ‘). Alia Guagni would then score her first goal for the Rossonere by heading in a corner (29 ‘). Milan netted their fourth before the break as Tucceri Cimini volleyed home Thrige’s cross in the 37th minute. And just like that, the team killed off the game within the span of three minutes.

Halftime came, and the two teams went into the locker room for a brief respite. Once the game had restarted, the Rossonere scored their fifth of the match soon afterward. Lindsey Thomas jumped high to head Thrige’s corner into the net. Thomas had been playing a stormer of a match until then, and this was a reward for all of her hard work and effort.

Milan then made a series of substitutions, including sending on Stapelfeldt and Selimhodzic for Grimshaw and captain Bergamaschi (57 ‘).

One minute before the substitutions, Árnadóttir fired off a long-range strike that was kept out by Benedicte Håland. The Norwegian was not, however, able to keep out Stapelfeldt’s effort, as the Swiss striker scored in the 64th minute. Stapelfeldt was also Milan’s sixth goalscorer of the day. The Rossonere sought to add to their tally in the closing stages, with Piemonte coming on as a substitute. Two more forwards were also substituted into the game, Cortesi and Miotto were brought in at the 72nd minute.

They were unable to add to Milan’s goal tally but in the end, it didn’t matter. The match finished in a 6-0 win for the team. And with that, Milan bounced back from their two, previous, heavy losses before the Christmas break. The team will begin their slow ascent back to the top here.

The Stats

Not surprisingly, Milan dominated the proceedings. They outshot their competition by a ratio of 24 to 3, with 12 of those shots being fired in the penalty area. The Rossonere also had 57.9% of possession, compared to Verona’s 42.1%.

Six was the magic number for Milan, with the Rossonere scoring six goals through six different goalscorers to pick up their sixth win of the season away from the Vismara. Milan have also had twelve different goalscorers this season, which is the most in Serie A.

Up Next

AC Milan will take on Sampdoria next Sunday. They’ll meet former Milan player Giorgia Spinelli and current loanee Federica Rizza then. The kickoff time will be 14:30 CET.

Afterwards, they’ll meet the Blucerchiate again in the Coppa Italia, with that game taking place on Sunday, January 30th. The kickoff time for that match will be 12:30 CET.

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