There seems to be a common theme among the teams battling for the Serie A Femminile title this season. They all have at least one reliable goalscorer.
AC Milan have one of the most reliable and emphatic strikers in the industry in Valentina Giacinti and she will be double digits in no time.
Every great striker needs a partner who will either grow their size or step in when they have a day off. With newcomer Lindsey Thomas, Milan seems to have that too.
The game against Lazio seemed to be as easy as possible for the Rossonere. They walked so incredibly casually through midfield and Biancoceleste’s defense. It was hard to tell if it was a reflection of the quality of Milan or the inferiority of Lazio. It was most likely both.
In the 32nd minute of the game in Rome on Saturday afternoon, Giacinti had her first hat trick of the season and it most likely won’t be her last. The shot on goal was opened after five minutes by Thomas, who sunk a beautifully crafted goal.
3 & 21 – Valentina #Giacinti scored a hat trick in 21 ′ against Lazio, AC Milan’s fastest Serie A striker since the one she scored with Atalanta Mozzanica in April 2016 (three goals in 17 ′ against Luserna). Lightning. #LatiumMilan pic.twitter.com/byjTah3EoD
– OptaPaolo? (@OptaPaolo) September 11, 2021
There was an excellent, instinctive teamwork between the two strikers during half-time and they were complemented by Veronica Boquete and Valentina Bergamaschi.
In the 54th minute, Thomas added another goal for himself. Three minutes later, Giacinti grabbed her fourth and Milan’s sixth. Maurizio Ganz then had to do what every fan hates and understands. If you’re 6-0 up, it makes sense to replace and keep your star players. Giacinti was withdrawn after an hour, Thomas followed 10 minutes later.
Boquete soon added a seventh place, while Adriana put aside some consolation for Lazio. The game was rounded off with a goal from Serena Cortesi to make it 8-1 for Milan.
The bigger picture
The problem for Milan is that in other parts of Serie A there are some really good strikers who strutted their stuff this weekend.
Sassuolo appears to have a strong strike partnership with Lana Clelland and Sofia Cantore, the latter on loan from Juventus. Clelland didn’t make it onto the scorers list in the 2-0 win over Sampdoria, but she was consistently excellent. The first goal came from Maria Filangeri and it was Cantore who put the game behind Sampdoria with half an hour to go.
Piece from Enzo Ricci earlier. I was blown away by Lana Clelland and could easily have spent the whole game watching her move on my own.
– Conor Clancy (@ConJClancy) September 11, 2021
It’s no secret that the reigning champions Juventus have goalscorers in their ranks and Cristiana Girelli added two more to her record in Juve’s 3-0 home win over Hellas Verona. The Bianconere also have Barbara Bonansea standing in regularly, but it was Valentina Cernoia who earned third place for Joe Montemurro’s team.
Inter also maintained their 100 percent record by winning 4-1 away at Empoli. They decided to distribute the points, with Ghoutia Karchouni, Marta Pandini, Gloria Marinelli and Tatiana Bonetti all standing on the archway.
Roma have managed to win all three games with five teams this season, which shows what a fascinating title hunt we can take on. The Giallorosse are another team that love to share goals and it was Benedetta Glionna and Valeria Pirone who scored in the 2-1 away win over Pomigliano this week.
Away from the top of the table there was a surprising 1-0 home win for Napoli against Fiorentina, who seem to have already lost touch with the top.
Fight at the top
So far, the five teams that have won all three games have obviously not faced each other. That will change in two weeks, as Milan host Sassuolo and Roma face Inter. This will show who can really get Juventus to win their fifth title in a row.
Results of the Serie A Femminile:
Napoli 1-0 AC Florence
Juventus Turin 3-0 Hellas Verona
Empoli 1-4 Inter
Sassuolo 2-0 Sampdoria
Pomigliano Calcio 1-2 Roma
Lazio 1-8 Milan