Anna Serturini Goal cancelled out by Grimshaw as Cesar late Heroics sees point split in Coppa Italia rematch #1289 (Late)

The Roman women following tasting defeat against Juventus, who came from behind to beat them in Rome the ladies took a trip to Milan to battle AC Milan, a rematch of last year’s Coppa Italia as Roma won their first trophy in club history. Also, a couple of reunions took place with Camelia Caesar Manuela Guliano making their return to AC Milan and Lindsey Thomas playing her first match against Roma since moving to Milan in the summer. It was a thrilling battle between two teams at the top of the table with ambitions for Champions League football next season and potentially winning the title. It was a back-and-forth battle, with Roma seeming to have the upper hand throughout. Anna Serturini gave Roma the 1-0 lead reasonably early into the game. However, in the second half, Grimshaw got the equalizer as AC Milan pushed in the second half late on. AC Milan had a collection of chances, but Camelia Caesar was able to make some spectacular saves to salvage the point for Roma. The match ended with a 1-1 draw, an encouraging performance from Roma that showed air quality against two of the top teams in Italy even though they scored first; getting the point in Milan will only do wonders for their confidence, as we see split points.

Spagna operates out of the 4-3-3 formation for his Roma team. In goal would be the Romanian Camelia Caesar. The back for we consist of Di Guglielmo at left-back beside her would be the center-back partnership of Alison Swaby and Elena Linari. At right-back would be Roma Captain Elisa Bartoli. Roma would line up with a three-woman Midfield in the Central Area would be Greggi with Thaisa on one side and Bernadetta Glionna on the other. Operating on the left-wing would be Anna Serturini, then on the right-wing would be Andressa Alves, then upfront as Roma Central Striker would be Valeria Pirone.

Things got underway in Milan as we saw a rematch of last year’s Copa Italia final. Roma came out incredibly strong moving the ball very well and being in control of possession. They were pushing the momentum and the tempo in the early part of the game. In the opening 10 minutes, it looked like Andressa Alves scored of the opener, getting a touch in the Box going Beyond The Keeper, but the Milan defense cleared it off the line in what would have been an opening goal. However, just one minute later, in the 11th-minute Aroma got their breakthrough Anna Serturini made a beautiful run down the wing-like she always does, cut into the box with the ball looks for the strike as she picked out the bottom corner the goalkeeper tried to get a handle on despite her efforts it wasn’t enough as the ball found the back of the net giving Roma a 1-0 lead. AC Milan tries to enter the fray with a deep strike, but Caesar makes no hesitation making the save without much difficulty. A few minutes past the half-hour mark, Bernadetta Glionna launch a strike from way deep trying to catch the goalkeeper off guard; as she was coming off her line, she had the power and the accuracy, but her close attempt costed over. At the end of the half, Greggi tried to test the keeper from close range, but the young Italian saw her shot on goal dealt with without difficulty. It was a very strong first-half from Roma as they were looking to build on the situation. The Romans held a 1-0 lead in Milan after 45 minutes.

Roma seems to have all the momentum, but a moment of dumb luck 3 minutes into the second half gave AC Milan got precisely what they needed a way back into the game. Grimshaw hit a cross that hit off the post from one side to the other, but unfortunately, the ball landed in the back of the net as Caesar was unable to do anything about it. A few minutes later, AC Milan got on a counter-attack in a two-on-one situation; former Roma player Lindsay Thomas stepped up and tried to convert on what should have been an easy AC Milan goal, but Camelia Caesar denied her making a brilliant save as she smiles at her former teammate. A little while later, second-half substitute Manuela Guliano tries to execute an overhead kick a bright touch but hit it too high going over the bar. Roma still had most of the ball and was the better team throughout the game, but AC Milan went for it during the late stages. Less than 20 minutes to go, Grimshaw tries to get a second, but her touch is a bit too high. In the 89th minute, we saw the most significant chance of the game the League’s best player Valentina Giacinti have a moment of Brilliance. When she has time and space to execute, usually there’s only one result it was the moment AC Milan we’re waiting for all game she had a relatively quiet day until this very moment a chance to win the game for AC Milan, which would have Roma in misery after losing late against Juventus last week. It was a ball hit out of the air; it indeed was perfectly hit; it was going to be between Valentina Giacinti and Camelia Caesar. Usually, it strikes heading into the top corner. Still, the Romanian keeper makes an unbelievable save in the closing moments of the game to deny the best player in the league from winning it late. The late save by Camelia Caesar settles it as they split the points in the lot. It was a very encouraging performance from the Roma women even though after the last two games they find themselves in fourth they played very well on both occasions. It’s harsh, but they could not win one of these games; now they are eight points from the top of the table, perhaps winning the league may not be achievable. Still, we have certainly seen drastic improvements from this Roma side this Saturday they’ll be at home against Inter Milan, a match that they should handle without difficulty to get some maximum points after having a rough run over the last two weeks even though the performance was there in both of the games against Juventus and AC Milan not picking up the points has been a devastating the hope is that Roma can get back on track with a big victory on Saturday night.

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