Score: Roma ladies 2 Pomigilano 1FT
The Roman women got off to a flying start to kick off the new campaign with an opening two victories to set the pace, proving that they will try to inflict a title charge against Juventus. Following a dominating display against Napoli in their home opener, Roma heads out on the road to take on a newly-promoted blank. As you can expect, Roma went into the game as heavy favorites expected to keep the hot streak going. That’s exactly what we witnessed on Saturday afternoon. Roma pushes the pace and the tempo with complete control of the match. They dominated possession, moved the ball really well, and continued their fine form to start the season. It did not take all that long for Roma to push themselves in front. As they struck in the opening half-hour, Bernadetta Glionna scored her first role model as she continued to make an immediate impact after arriving from Juventus in the summer as Roma took a 1–0 lead. Roma continued to dominate the game and play with great confidence; in the second half, they would extend their lead through Pirone, who also scored her first goal for Roma after coming very close and leave a win against Napoli. Pomigilano would eventually get one back to minimize the deficit, but Roma would not be in control of the game as they hold off to pick up another Victory as they collect all the points away from home in a 2–1 win for the Roma ladies.
Slight adjustments once again from Roma as Spagna seems to be adjusting his team constantly. On this occasion, he went with a 4–3–1–2 formation. In at left-back would be Di Guglielmo, beside her would be Allison Swaby and Elena Linari with Captain Elisa Bartoli at right back. Manuela Giugliano patrolling the central Midfield with Bernadetta Glionna on the left with Vanessa Bernauer on the right, dropping just underneath the Strikers would be Andressa Alves. Upfront would be the strike partnership of Anna Serturini and Pirone.
The match kicked off, and Roma was ready to continue to damage the rest of the League. Roma came into the game extremely confident and in good form against an inexperienced side that you figured would struggle against a team with this much Firepower. Roma had control flea control of the ball, with the opposition only 27% in possession, giving Roma the opportunity used to open the game up and try to do some different things. Anna Serturini supplied the first action to the game from just inside the box; she hit a strike with power and pace on it, stinging the goalkeepers’ hands, but she’s managed to make the save; there was a rebound, but the defense was able to deal with it despite Roma having players in position at that moment the quick reaction from the defense prevented an early goal. Fast-forwarding not too long in the 22nd minute around my got the Breakthrough. Pirone, with the ball at her feet, the midfielder tries to take the ball off of her. However, she had complete control as she spun out of the situation. Something I’m realizing is she’s physically tough to deal with. I don’t think she’s going to score in big numbers this season; she’ll get goals, but I think the thing she provides to this Roma team is ball control and physicality, and all the games this season, someone has attempted to strip the ball with force and she still stands on her feet. After getting out of the situation, she sends a great ball just inside the box to find a Bernadetta Glionna; she takes one touch before sending a rocket into the back of the net, one of the weekend’s best goals as Roma took a 1–0 lead. Roma maintained control as they continued to put themselves in a position to score goals. Is that a Midfield magisterial Manuela Giugliano hit an absolute bomb from outside of this area code, nearly scoring an absolutely ridiculous strike. Still, once again, the goalkeeper managed to make the save, but I imagine the strike that was hit with power and distance stuck her hands in the process. Just a couple of minutes later, Roma, we’re on the verge of it again. Andressa Alves gets a hooking shot out of the air from outside the box, nearly recreating the crazy goal she scored against Napoli, but it ended up hitting the top of the net despite the level of concern while the ball was in the air. Roma has a lot of good chances in the first half but just keep a narrow 1–0 lead thanks to the stunning strike from Bernadetta Glionna.
Roma remained in control during the second half looking for a second goal that would more or less assure the points. The moment would arrive after a couple of chances to start the second half Roma was gaining confidence and eventually just found enough space to get their second goal. Bernadetta Glionna made a wicked run down the wing before firing a cross into the box to find Pirone; all she needed to do was stick her foot out in a very simple tap-in as Roma took a 2–0 lead. 10 minutes later, Pomigilano was able to get one back, putting away a strike from inside the Box Out Of Reach of Camellia Caesar as they could minimize the deficit. Still, it would have taken a lot to get themselves back into the game in an authentic way. With minimal possession, the home side needed something spectacular. Deep into the match, Manuela Giugliano sent a perfect cross to the wing to find Anna Serturini; she cut into the box and good space searching for the bottom corner’s accurate touch but just was slightly missing the distance. With about seven minutes to go, Roma nearly got a third as Elena Linari were they able to connect through a volley hitting it out of the air very close to a wonder goal answer strike just went a little high it would ultimately signal the end of the game as Roma remain perfect with a 2–1 victory away from home. The woman of the match tonight goes to Bernadetta Glionna; she has influenced this Roma team this season. She already has three assists this season, along with forcing two own goals in the opening match, and now adds with a strike of her own. I’m going to repeat this Juventus made a mistake letting her go. She has been exactly what Roma needed to put more pressure on the champions as Roma continues to fly high.