16 January 2022
On their return to Serie A action, Juventus Women collected an 18th consecutive victory away from home in Serie A by defeating Pomigliano at the Ugo Gobbato Stadium.
Two goals to the good at the interval, the Bianconere added three more in the second half to see off the Serie A debutants with ease.
PATIENCE PAYS OFF
With a 20-point advantage in the league standings over their opponents, Juventus knew that a patient approach would pay dividends.
With the home side positioned deep inside their own half in a bid to frustrate the Bianconere, the champions’ superior individual skills were key to creating chances.
Speed rather than skill, however, proved pivotal in the first chance for Joe Montemurro’s team. Lina Hurtig burst into the penalty area on 13 minutes. A turn of pace that was too much for the Pomigliano defence. When the Sweden international was tripped, the referee pointed immediately to the penalty spot.
With Cristiana Girelli absent, Martina Rosucci took over penalty duties but her effort was smothered by Sara Cetinja in the Pomigliano goal.
In the 23rd minute, again it was the lively Hurtig that created panic in the home defence. Picked out by Bonansea, her shot was parried by Cetinja into the path of Staskova, who somehow placed her tap-in wide of the unguarded goal.
Just one minute later Bonansea turned the defence inside out, but fired her shot over the crossbar.
After half an hour, Juventus took the lead.
An apparently innocuous cross from Valentina Cernoia swerved dangerously over the Pomigliano goalkeeper Cetinja, who could only divert the ball into her own net.
Then three minutes before half time, Rosucci touched a free kick to Arianna Caruso. She took a couple of strides forward before unleashing a vicious shot. Hurtig was well positioned to pounce on the loose ball from the keeper’s save, which she lashed home for goal number two.
Juventus resumed where they had left off before the interval, determined to put the result beyond doubt.
On 48 minutes, Hurtig made progress on the right. Her cut-back found Bonansea but the Juve number 11’s shot sailed over the crossbar.
Two goals in six minutes killed off the contest.
In the 53rd minute, Cernoia placed a left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area low into the bottom corner.
And on 59 minutes, Bonansea weaved her way into the Pomigliano box and placed a precise shot in off the post for goal number four.
With 25 minutes remaining, Julia Grosso made her Juventus debut, but it was another substitute that left her mark, to the detriment of her team, however.
On the pitch for only two minutes, Gaia Appicella was shown a straight red for pulling the shirt of Andrea Staskova as the Juve number 9 raced in on goal.
Annahita Zamanian, who had just come on, took the resulting penalty, but her first touch of the game produced a great save from Cetinja as the home keeper made her second spot-kick save of the match.
Sara Gama rounded off the scoring in stoppage time. A downward header looped into the far corner, which allowed the captain to celebrate her first goal of the season after recently extending her contract with Bianconere.
POMIGLIANO 0-5 JUVENTUS (HT: 0-2)
SCORERS: Ceinja (OG) 30’, Hurtig (J) 42’, Cernoia 53’, Bonansea 59’, Gama 90+1’
Cetinja, Capparelli, Fusini (Ippolito 25’), Ejangue, Cox, Vaitukaityte, Mastrantonio (Puglisi 72’), Tudisco, Realista (Salvatori 45’), Ferrario (Varriale 89’), Banusic (Apicella 72’).
Subs not used: Massa, Buhigas, Schioppo, Landa.
Peyraud-Magnin; Hyyrynen (Lundorf 65’) , Gama, Lenzini, Boattin (Nilden 65’); Caruso (Zamanian 75’), Rosucci, Cernoia (Grosso 65’); Bonansea (Bonfantini 81’), Staskova, Hurtig.
Subs not used: Aprile, Sembrant, Panzeri, Beccari.
REFEREE: Enrico Maggio
ASSISTANTS: Ivan Catallo, Amir Salama
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Dario Di Francesca
BOOKED: Caparelli (P) 15’, Ejangue (P) 40’
SENT OFF: Apicella (P) 74’