Palma Campania (NA), 4 February 2022 – Matchday 16 of the first phase in Women’s Serie A on Saturday 4 February 2023, at campo sportivo Comunale in Palma Campania (NA), between Pomigliano and Parma ended in a stalemate.

There was a change in tactics for Parma as Head Coach Domenico Panico (who was suspended for the second game running, but replaced by Coach Andrea Giannetti), lined up for the first time with a back three, with Danielle Cox dropping back into the middle (due to the suspended Erika Santoro) alongside Nora Heroum on her right and Ana Jelenčić to the left

Parma started off brightly: inside 2′ Michela Cambiaghi found space on the right and crossed into the box, Sara Cetinja came out to retrieve the ball without any problems.

After 5’, the home side replied with a nice combination between Alice Corelli and Veronica Battelani, but Zhanna Ferrario’s attempt was off target. On 8′, Ana Lucia Martinez also tried her luck, but the Gialloblù defence stopped her.

The Crociate came close on the quater-hour mark from a corner: Nora Heroum’s header tested Sara Cetinja, who saved well to her left. Pomigliano were finding it difficult to unlock the visitors’ focused backline, forcing mainly shots from distance: after 21 minutes, Virginia Di Giammarino struck a powerful shot from distance that forced Capitan Capelletti to turn it around for a corner. From it, a weak attempt from the edge of the box was dealt with easily by the Parma’s number 1.

The game was a balanced affair, with Pomigliano keeping it tight defensively, closing the spaces, and looking to counter on the break. From one of these situations, exactly on the half-hour mark, Zhanna Ferrario got herself into a position to shoot that ended up behind the goal, and Ana Lucia Martinez’s attempt fell wide of Alessia Capelletti’s post after 33 minutes. But Pomigliano kept pushing: a minute later, Veronica Battelani wasted a golden opportunity, after Zhanna Ferrario won back possession, from Alice Corelli’s assist.

Five minutes before half-time, the home side came agonisingly close with a wicked shot from Ana Lucia Martinez, that just flew past the top corner of the goal. Parma’s response was quick: Nora Heroum played in Melania Martinovic whose header was kept out by Sara Cetinja. At the break, both sides went in all square 0-0.

At the start of the second half, Parma made a double change, with Melania Martinovic and Nicole Arcangeli being replaced by Mia Elizabeth Corbin and Giorgia Arrigoni. Inside five minutes of the restart, the hosts made their first change with Verena Amorim Dias coming on for Alice Corelli. After 58 minutes, Michela Cambiaghi came off for Liucija Vaitukaitytė. Just prior, Pomigliano had a shout for a penalty: Ana Lucia Martinez’s effort whisked past Nora Heroum’s arm, but the referee in charge waved play on and let the game continue before Virginia Di Giammarino’s shot went just past the post.

After 63 minutes, Zhanna Ferrario’s laid off her free-kick to Veronica Battelani, whose shot from distance flew over the bar. A few minutes later Pomigliano changed Veronica Battelani for Tatiely Cristin Sena Das Neves, while Parma replaced Joana Marchão for Antoinette Jewel Williams.

After 71 minutes, Zhanna Ferrario freed Ana Lucia Martinez who driving forward put in a deadly cross that the Crociate defence thwarted. Parma replied with Mia Elizabeth Corbin’s low shot that just went the wrong side of the post.

15 minutes before the end of normal time, an all Brazilian move with Tati Sena Das Neves and Veronica Amorim Dias ended with the latter putting it wide. Into the final ten minutes and Tatiely Cristin Sena Das Neves served up Valentina Gallazzi perfectly, but once again her final effort went behind.

Two minutes before the end, a welcome return to the side came for Alice Benoit, her first appearance of 2023 after an injury, replacing Niamh Farrelly. On the 89th minutes, Ana Lucia Martinez made Alessia Capelletti work, before on the rebound Virginia Di Giammarino missed the target. Parma went straight down the other end, but Lazaro Torres’ shot went over. Shortly after, Pomigliano took off Ana Lucia Martinez Maldonado and brought on Debora Novellino, but it made no difference and three minutes of stoppage time, the game ended 0-0.


POMIGLIANO (4-3-3) – 1. Sara Cetinja; 16. Federica Rizza, 5. Angela Passeri, 26. Lana Golob, 3. Martina Fusini (V. Cap.); 8. Valentina Gallazzi, 28. Zhanna Ferrario (Cap.), 21. Virginia Di Giammarino; 7. Alice Corelli (50′ 9. Verena Amorim Dias), 30. Veronica Battelani (69′ 10. Tatiely Cristin Sena Das Neves), 20. Ana Lucia Martinez Maldonado (90+1′ 33. Debora Novellino). Head Coach: Carlo Sanchez
Unused Subs: 29. Fabiana Fierro; 2. Gaia Apicella, 6. Iris Madeleine Rabot, 19. Hawa Sangarè, 55. Sara Caiazzo

PARMA (3-4-2-1) – 1. Alessia Capelletti (Cap.); 11. Nora Heroum (V. Cap.), 73. Danielle Cox, 14. Ana Jelenčić, 30. Nicole Arcangeli (46′ 28. Giorgia Arrigoni), 71. Niamh Farrelly (88′ 6. Alice Benoit), 4. Bianca Giulia Bardin, 5. Joana Marchão (70′ 7. Antoinette Jewel Williams); 36. Michela Cambiaghi (58′ 20. Liucija Vaitukaitytė), 29. Paloma Lázaro Torres Del Molino, 24. Melania Martinovic (46′ 3. Mia Elizabeth Corbin). Head Coach: Andrea Giannetti
Unused Subs: 12. Gloria Ciccioli; 9. Valeria Pirone, 15. Ludovica Nicolini,  44. Margherita Brscic

Referee: Adolfo Baratta

Assistants: Matteo Pressato and Davide Fedele

Fourth Official: Sig. Marco Aurisano di Campobasso

Bookings: Golob, Battelani, Rizza

Stoppage-Time: 0’+3’

Attendance: circa 300