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Match Review: The AC Milan Women play AS Roma to a stalemate (0-0)

The fact that I have to use an old pic from a previous match as the lead art kind of says a lot. And by that, I mean everything.

AC Milan v FC Internazionale - Women’s Coppa Italia Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

The AC Milan Women played AS Roma to a nil-nil stalemate last Sunday. It was a rather tepid affair, though there were a few positives from the match. Milan were fortunate not to lose the match and by gaining one point, they are still in contention for next season’s Champions League.

Highlights of the match are below.

Roma’s Maturity

AS Roma seemed to have matured a lot since the last time they played Milan. The Giallorosse aggressively pressed the Rossonere from the start. They wouldn’t give Milan any time and space on the ball. As a result, the Rossonere couldn’t get anything going in the first half and had a hard time scoring.

These stats from Wyscout just showed how aggressive Roma’s high press was. For every 12.4 actions Milan would make, Roma would press them intently.

Wyscout

The Giallorosse also spent more time in Milan’s half and outshot the Rossonere by a ratio of sixteen to four. And though Milan had more possession, Roma were an example of ‘doing less with more’ as they created more chances and spent more time in Milan’s half than vice-versa. What this shows us is that the Giallorosse have grown and that they are no longer afraid of us.

Footystats

The Rossonere also had trouble dealing with Roma’s speed, as the Giallorosse would use their speed to try to beat Milan on the counterattack. Milan were fortunate that they weren’t clinical and didn’t convert their chances.

Though Milan should find solace in the fact that the game ended in a stalemate. The fact that the two teams are growing in stature means that the next time they meet will be very interesting indeed.

Milan’s Second-Half Takeover

Though Roma were undoubted, the better side during the first half, the Rossonere gradually took control of the game during the second. Once again, their experience, maturity, and talent shone through and helped them take control of the match.

Their second-half performance was filled with great chances like this one from Linda Tucceri Cimini.

Unfortunately, the ball didn’t go in and she didn’t score. Nonetheless, it doesn’t take away from Linda’s performance, or the way the team performed in the second -half.

Their second-half showing should be commended, as it will give them the much-needed confidence boost they’ll need to successfully see out the season.

Korenčiová is really, really great

Milan’s resident goalkeeper, Mária Korenčiová, once again, put in a fantastic shift. The shot-stopper singlehandedly kept Milan in the game, with excellent saves like these. She also stopped a whopping ten shots against her. We should lobby the Vatican for her sanctification.

Vero the Magnificent

I mean, what else can you say about Vero? And would you like me to write another 3,000 words about her? Vero is just Vero and she is simply out of this world. And shots like this just reinforce her greatness.

It’s a shame the chance wasn’t converted, but she’ll have the chance to score against Roma on May 30th. Here’s to hoping that she will.

Bergamaschi Burns Brightly

During the first half of the match, Valentina Bergamaschi was one of the few players who could actually get things going for the team. Bergamaschi shone brightly in the first-half, despite not being able to score. And once again, Milan’s resident jolly proved how invaluable she is for the team.

Conclusion

As was noted before, AS Roma have grown. They are no longer afraid of teams like Milan and Juve. They no longer have the same timidity against the Big Two that they had before because they know they can play toe to toe with us. Or in Juve’s case, they know they can beat them.

Roma’s burgeoning confidence makes them a rising power in Serie A Femminile. It will also be quite interesting to watch their progress over the years.

Though Milan will, no doubt, be slightly disappointed that they didn’t walk away with all three points, they can still hold their heads up high. To date, Milan is still the only team who hasn’t lost to Roma in the league.

The fact that the Rossonere kept a clean sheet against them and gradually took over the second half could also provide the team with a blueprint on how to beat them.

We’ll see if Milan has learned their lessons the next time these two play each other.

Up Next

AC Milan will meet AS Roma again on May 30th for the Coppa Italia Femminile final. Kickoff time will be at 20:30 CET (11:30 am PST / 2:30 PM EST). Milan will be looking to win their first set of silverware then.

Before then, however, they still have a few league matches. Their next match will be against Fiorentina this Sunday. The match will take place at 12:30 CET (3:30 am PST / 6:30 am EST).

You’ll be able to watch it on the usual channels, e.g. Sky, TimVision, Milan TV, the official AC Milan app, and on the team’s Dailymotion page.

Now, let’s make next week a great one and start it off with a win.