Parma, 22 October 2022 – Parma were beaten 3-1 by Pomigliano on matchday seven of Women’s Serie A this afternoon at Stadio Ennio Tardini.

The opening part of the game was a cagey, sketchy affair, with the hosts looking most likely to trouble Alessia Capelletti. They eventually found the breakthrough in the 19th minute when Pomigliano went ahead: Tatiely Cristin Sena Das Neves heading home from Zhanna Ferrario’s corner on the left-hand side (0-1). The goal was a result of the Crociate keeper coming out (Captain from now on after the long-term injury sustained to Valeria Pirone in training) to the dangerous number 10, who after seven minutes had already saved from her from distance. After the goal, the Gialloblù tried to pushed forward at every opportunity to get themselves back in the game but they didn’t have much happiness in front of goal.

The first chance came after 28 minutes: Joana Marchao’s cross was just missed by Melania Martinovic with the ball falling to Michela Cambiaghi, but her control and shot was a little too slow and it gave the defence from Campania to clear their lines. The home side insisted and on 37 minutes a cross-come-shot by Arianna Acuti forced Sara Cetinja into making a save low down. After 41 minutes, from a long-ball by Joana Marchao, Ludovica Silvioni tried her luck on the volley from inside the 18-yard-box, firing narrowly wide. A minute later, Erika Santoro was forced off and was replaced by the American Jewel Antoinette Williams. At the end of three minutes of stoppage-time (48′), Danielle Cox headed just over from a free-kick on the right by Nora Heroum. Both sides went into the break with Pomigliano leading 1-0.

At the start of the second half, the Crociate had a great chance to equalise: from a tight angle, Arianna Acuti bore down on the keeper but her shot across the goal failed to hit the target. The home side were soon punished as Pomigliano doubled their lead after 58 minutes: from the byline Angela Passeri pulled the ball back for Katarzyna Konat who beat Alessia Capelletti (0-2). After 64 minutes, the shot-stopper came flying out of her goal but was saved by substitute Veronica Battelani. After 69 minutes, Coach Andrea Giannetti’s side (leading the team today replacing the suspended Fabio Ulderici) reduced the deficit: a ball in from the left by the ever-precious Arianna Acuti found Melania Martinovisi who, finding herself in-between the two centre-halves, scored from inside the six-yard box (1-2).

The Gialloblù continued to push forward: five minutes after the goal, Michela Cambiaghi, from a corner, hit the bar. But as the home side were in the ascendancy, Pomigliano found their third goal on the 84th-minute mark: Ana Lucia Martinez Maldonado set off quickly, broke the offside trap, dribbled past goalkeeper Alessia Capelletti and slotted home comfortably. Despite a final push from the home side, the Ducali were unable to find a goal that would have brought them back into the game in the closing stages – going closest was Alice Pauline Benoit whose free-kick from the edge of the area flew just over the crossbar – and the game came to a close with the side from Campania winning it 3-1.

PARMA-POMIGLIANO 1-3 (MATCHDAY 7 WOMEN’S TIM SERIE A)

Scorers: 19′ Sena Das Neves, 58′ Konat, 69′ Martinovic, 84′ Martinez Maldonado

PARMA (4-4-2) – 1. Alessia Capelletti (Cap.); 27. Erika Santoro (42′ 7. Antoinette Jewel  Williams), 11. Nora Heroum, 73. Danielle Cox, 5. Joana Marchao; 28. Giorgia Arrigoni, 6. Alice Pauline Benoit (V. Cap.), 18. Ludovica Silvioni (61′ 4. Bianca Giulia Bardin), 17. Arianna Acuti (90′ 3. Sara Caiazzo); 36. Michela Cambiaghi, 24. Melania Martinovic. Head Coach: Andrea Giannetti. Unused Subs: 12. Gloria Ciccioli, 21. Rebecca Tinti; 10. Marija Maredinho Banusic, 71. Niamh Farrelly, 82. Gemma Puntoni

POMIGLIAN0 (4-3-3) – 1. Sara Cetinja; 2. Gaia Apicella (Cap.), 5. Angela Passeri, 4. Katarzyna Konat, 16. Federica Rizza; 8. Valentina Gallazzi, 28. Zhanna Ferrario (V. Cap.), 21. Virginia Di Giammarino; 20. Ana Lucia Martinez Maldonado (90′ 6. Iris Madeleine Rabot), 10. Tatiely Cristin Sena Das Neves (76′ , 44. Giorgia Miotto), 9. Verena Amorim Dias (61′ 30. Veronica Battelani). Head Coach: Carlo Sanchez. Unused Subs: 29. Fabiana Fierro; 7. Alice Corelli, 11. Chiara Manca, 19. Hawa Sangare, 33. Debora Novellino

Referee: Abdoulaye Diop

Referee’s Assistants: Michele Decorato and Andrea Zezza

Fourth Official: Angelo Davide Lotito

Bookings: Arrigoni

Injury-Time: 3’+4’

Attendance: 310

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