Sesto Fiorentino (FI), 18 September 2022 – On Matchday 3 of the Women’s Serie A, Parma lost 2-1 to Fiorentina at Piero Torrini stadium in Sesto Fiorentino (Florence). The Viola flew out of the traps and within two minutes were ahead: Parma Captain Valeria Pirone collided with Michela Catena in the 18-yard box and referee Filippo Giaccaglia pointed to the spot; Zsanett Bernade Kajan slotted home sending keeper Alice Capelletti’s the wrong way.  The home side continued to make the most of their positive start: after twelve minutes, Mijatovic crossed for Kajan, whose attempt went over. A minute later, Alessia Capelletti saved well from Alice Parisi and then put off Michela Catena’s attempted dink, that went wide, after 25 minutes. Many Empoli supporters coming to cheer on the Parma side made it known that they would like the Parma shot-stopper to be called up for the Italy First Team, and it’s hard not to see why. On the half-hour mark, the Gialloblù finally caused the Tuscan side some cause for concern with a cross come shot by Captain Prione but Stephanie Breitner intercepted well just in front of goal. Then, a dangerous cross by Erika Santoro after 36 minutes was dealt with well by Fiorentina’s goalkeeper Katja Schroffenegger. In the final minutes of the half, Fiorentina had a chance through Michela Catena, who got away from Danielle Cox, but her shot was off target, after 43 minutes. She was then booked in the second minute of three injury-time minutes for a foul.

The Crociate came back out fired up looking for the equaliser: after 48 minutes, Joana Marchao’s long-range strike was turned round the post by Katja Schroffenegger, but the resulting corner came to nothing. Two minutes later, a cross from the right by the Viola’s Federica Cafferata made Capelletti need two attempts at holding onto the ball. Eight minutes after the restart, Melania Martinovic got away from her marker in the box only to blast her volley over. But she didn’t make the same mistake again a minuter later. Marchao delivered a cross into the area and the Parma striker headed home to make it 1-1. But the home side responded quickly and took the lead again after 57 minutes. Margherita Monnecchi’s attempt crashed against the bar and Michela Catena was there to follow up and put away the rebound. The Crociate responded well to going behind with Martinovic again having a golden chance, but her header this time was off target. Santoro was booked on 62 minutes after a dangerous challenge. After 80 minutes, Marchao’s persistence gave Pirone a chance but her shot was kept out by the defence. Shortly after, Marchao again was in thie thick of the action dribbling past Federica Cafferata and putting a ball into the box but nobody was there and the ball went out of play. Five minutes before the end, Alice Capelletti was able to dive on the ball and save well from Daniela Sabatino after Veronica Giadans Boquete’s ball over. But that was the last of the action and it finished 2-1 to the home side.

Scorers: 2′ Kajan (Pen), 9′ st Martinovic, 12′ st Catena

FIORENTINA (4-3-2-1) – 1. Katja Schroffenegger; 7. Federica Cafferata, 6. Stephanie Breitner (V. Cap.), 5. Alice Tortelli (Cap.), 4. Jazmin Nichole Jackmon; 88. Alexandra Johannsdottir, 8. Alice Parisi, 20. Milica Mijatovic (60′ 87. Veronica Giadans Boquete); 17. Margherita Monnecchi (85′ 2. Jenna Renee Menta), 10. Michela Catena (78′ 21. Emma Severini); 11. Zsanett Bernade Kajan (60′ 9. Daniela Sabatino). Head Coach: Patrizia Panico
Unused Subs: 24. Rachele Baldi; 3. Martina Zanoli, 18. Azzurra Corazzi, 19. Miriam Chiara Longo, 23. Sarah Anne Mary Huchet

PARMA (4-3-2-1) – 1. Alessia Capelletti (V. Cap.); 27. Erika Santoro, 11. Nora Heroum, 73. Danielle Cox, 14. Ana Jelencic (75′ 4. Bianca Giulia Bardin); 5. Joana Marchao, 6. Alice Pauline Benoit (88′ 17. Arianna Acuti), 71. Niamh Farrelly (66′ 18. Ludovica Silvioni); 36. Michela Cambiaghi, 9. Valeria Pirone (Cap.) 24. Melania Martinovic. Head Coach: Fabio Ulderici
Unused Subs: 12. Gloria Ciccioli, 21. Rebecca Tinti; 3. Sara Caiazzo, 7. Antoinette Jewel Williams, 15. Ludovica Nicolini, 37. Giulia Verrino

Referee: Filippo Giaccaglia

Assistant Referees: Mattia Bartolomucci and Francesco Valente

Fourth Official: Gianluca Frizza

Bookings: Pirone, Santoro

Injury Time: 3’+4’

Attendance: circa 250