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Match Review: AC Milan Women vs Florentia (2-1)

Breaking curses is fun to do.

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The AC Milan Women beat Florentia by a score of 2-1 on Sunday. The AC Milan Women beat Florentia by a score of 2-1 on Sunday. With that win, Milan remain in the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League. They are also continuing to challenge Juve at the top of the standings.

The Rossonere also finally broke their curse against Florentia, as they finally beat them on their home soil.

Here’s how the curse was broken.

The Formation

Milan lined-up in a 3-5-2 formation, while Florentia deployed a 4-3-3.

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Milan played in this formation for the entire match, with the only change coming via substitutions in the latter half of the game. In particular, Dominika Čonč was fielded as a false nine alongside Natasha Dowie, when she was substituted into the match at the 92nd minute.

While the team has played badly under the 3-5-2 in the past, they seem to be finding their groove now. The formation was a good counter to the Neroverde’s 4-3-3, as playing three at the back allowed Milan to handle any combination of the opponent’s forwards while the fullbacks were well-positioned to intercept the opposition’s wide players before they could advance too far.

The Rossonere dominated this match and successfully snuffed out most of Florentia’s attacks while managing to secure a two-goal win.

Giacinti’s Brace

Captain Valentina Giacinti was one of the standouts of the match as she scored both of Milan’s goals. And by doing so, she also ensured that Milan would end the match with all three points. Lord knows where we’d be without her.

Vero’s Close Control

Once again, Verónica Boquete put on a clinic during this match.

Whether it was creating chances, carving out space for herself, or collecting and distributing balls, Vero was just fantastic to watch. She’s also forming a fine partnership with Giacinti and their budding chemistry will make them a formidable duo in the future.

I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again, but Milan are truly blessed to have Vero.

Mária the Magnificent

If there was truly one MVP during this match, then it would be Mária Korenčiová .

The keeper was truly impressive during this match. The Neroverde attempted six shots on goal and only scored one goal. Korenčiová managed to save the rest. Her ball distribution during the match was excellent, as the keeper had an 82% long pass accuracy.

Without her heroics, Milan wouldn’t have been able to win this match. We owe her a debt of gratitude for being just so awesome.

Honorable Mentions

Surely we cannot end this without mentioning how amazing Refiloe Jane and Valentina Bergamaschi were as well? Or praising Natasha Dowie’s dogged determination in front of goal.

And surely we won’t, as we will heap praise upon them before this piece ends. The Milanisti are truly blessed to have all three of them play for us.

The Stats

During this match, Milan dominated possession as they had the ball 54% of the time. They also had 19 to 20 shots on goal, with eight of them being on target. Only two of those shots were converted, and both goals were scored by Valentina Giacinti.

Milan also had seven corners.

Florentia, on the other hand, had 46% of possession and attempted six shots on goal, with two of those shots being on target. However, they managed to convert just the one, courtesy of forward Federica Anghileri.

Milan’s defense was uncharacteristically shaky as a rare lapse of form allowed Anghileri to score. Despite this, the Rossonere still have the best defense in the league as they’ve only let five goals past them.

Footystats

The only thing left to do now is to work on those mental lapses to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. Aside from this, the team should be commended for putting on a good performance.

Up Next

AC Milan will take on Sassuolo in the Coppa Italia Femminile this Sunday. The match will take place at 14:30 CET (5:30 am PST / 8:30 am EST). There is no word on whether the match will be broadcast on any platform, unfortunately.

Look for the Rossonere to continue their fine form and to secure a win on Sunday.

For now, let us back in the warm and celebratory glow of this victory.