AC Milan will take on Tavagnacco this Saturday at 12 p.m. CEST (3:00 a.m. PST / 6:00 a.m. EST).
They’ll also be looking to secure a vital three points as they fight to keep their Champions League dreams alive.
Milan has won all three of their previous encounters with the Friulian side.
The first game was won by a scoreline of 1-0, while their second encounter was won by a score of 3-1.
(And how much do I miss the woman above? A lot much.)
Milan won the last match between the two sides by a score of 2-0 (partial thanks to an own goal by the Gialloblù’s Kunisawa).
Expect Milan to play their usual game and to make us all suffer before nicking a winner in the second half.
If we’re lucky, they might score as many goals as they did against Bari. However, the law of equivalent exchange states that for every two goals you score, one must be taken in return. So maybe, we should just be careful about what we wish for.
Fortunately for Milan, the defensive issues they experienced during the last game will be alleviated by the return of Laura Fusetti. Laura (as was noted before) was suspended for Milan’s tie against Fiorentina, due to the red card she received in the previous Coppa Italia fixture against Inter.
Let’s just hope her one-game vacation has left her refreshed and that she’ll be ready and raring for this game. Returning alongside her will most likely be Berglind Björg Thorvaldsdottir and Nora Heroum. The two of them missed the last game against Fiorentina due to feeling under the weather.
With all three of them potentially returning to the starting line-up, Milan will be able to field a full-strength squad on Saturday.
Milan will also continue with the 4-3-2-1 formation as they try to continue to adjust the configuration.
It has served them well thus far and let’s hope the streak will continue into Saturday.
Hear The Sirens, Hear The Circus
Tavagnacco will come into this match down a point and short on cash, as they were fined by the FIGC for not having an ambulance on hand for their match against Fiorentina. The punishments were for a good reason, as this grievous oversight led to the game being delayed by 43 minutes.
The incident also brought to mind what happened the last time Milan played Tavagnacco, as there were also issues with first responders being present for that game. At one point in the game, captain Valentina Giacinti went down injured around the 76th minute and lay on the ground for a few minutes, as there was a long delay from the emergency personnel to get out there and help her.*
Both episodes were absolutely shameful, and if any good did come out of this, it’s that it has made us more vigilant about these things and that we should speak up about this more.
As far as il calcio femminile in Italy has come, it still has a long way to go.
Here’s to hoping that we can avoid similar incidents during this match and that most importantly, Milan will walk away with a win.
And hey, if push comes to shove, we can always send ambulances blaring out Ludacris to the grounds, if only to help them solve their ambulance ‘problems’.
*(It should be noted, however, that this was more of the fault of the Brianteo and the staff on hand there, and not necessarily Tavagnacco’s fault. Though it is a coincidence that both instances somehow involved Tavagnacco.)
When: See above.
Where: Stadio Comunale, Tavagnacco, Italy
Let’s keep the dream alive ladies.