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Roma knock out Juventus after thriller in Coppa Italia semi-final

Roma knock out Juventus after thriller in Coppa Italia semi-final. Despite Bianconere 3-2 win, Roma will face Milan in the big final, thanks to two away goals.

Giallorosse surprised the leading team of Serie A Femminile and knocked them out of Coppa Italia Femminile. The 1st leg win proved crucial and Thomas and Lazaro’s goals in Torino were enough to secure the spot in the big final.

Given the last few encounters between Juve and Roma, we were expecting an eventful game. And the first few minutes confirmed those expectations: Lina Hurtig and Valentina Cernoia had nice chances for Juventus while on the other side Annamaria Serturini could have put Roma in the lead but Lisa Boattin’s clearances appeared crucial. But it was Juventus who got first onto the scoreboard. Arianna Caruso sent the cross in and Sofie Pedersen headed the ball into the net. That meant that Roma had to score at least one to go through. But it was Bianconere who nearly doubled the lead. In the 42nd minute, Linda Sembrant tried with a header but Camelia Ceasar denied her with a fantastic save.

The second half got off to a slower start but as the minutes passed Roma began to look for an important away goal. They found it in the 78th minute after Lindsey Thomas slotted home Elena Linar’s cross from the corner. Just four minutes later, Paloma Lazaro, again from a corner, scored the 2nd for Giallorosse and completely overturned the tie. Juventus have needed now 3 goals and the tie seemed decided. But Bianconere have almost managed to come back. In the 92nd minute, Cristiana Girelli scored the equalizer, while in the 95th minute Sara Gama scored for the win. But unfortunately for them, the win was not enough and Roma got a ticket to the final, thanks to their two away goals.

AS Roma qualified for their first ever Coppa Italia Femminile final. They will face AC Milan, who beat their city rivals Inter, on the 29th or 30th of May.

Score

Juventus – AS Roma 3-2 (1-0) agg. 4-4 / AS Roma win on away goals
Scorers:
18′ Sofie Pedersen (J), 77′ Lindsey Thomas (R), 82′ Paloma Lazaro (R), 90+2′ Cristiana Girelli (J), 90+6′ Sara Gama (J)
Yellow cards:
27′ Lina Hurtig (J), 32′ Allyson Swaby (R), 86′ Martina Rosucci (J), 88′ Cristiana Girelli (J)

1st leg

AS Roma – Juventus 2-1 (1-0)
Scorers:
2′ Annamaria Serturini (R), 49′ Lina Hurtig (J), 88′ Lindsey Thomas (R)
Yellow cards:
26’ Arianna Caruso (J), 42’ Vanessa Bernauer (R)

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