With eight days remaining until their first competitive fixture of 2018, Juventus Women took the opportunity to gain valuable match practice this afternoon with a friendly against Serie B outfit, Real Meda, in which they ran out 7-2 winners.
Rita Guarino’s high-flying side started strongly, creating a number of chances in the opening stages: Katie Zelem saw a shot blocked on the line and Sofia Cantore was denied by opposition keeper Elena Ripamonti after being played clean through on goal by Sanni Franssi.
In the 18th minute, the Bianconere took the lead with Cantore directing Barbara Bonansea’s precise pass into the bottom corner. Three minutes later, Franssi fired in from point-blank range on the rebound to hand the hosts an early cushion.
On 27 minutes, Bonansea cut in from the left wing to curl an excellent shot inside the far post and the forward turned provider shortly before half-time, as she laid the ball on a plate for Tuija Hyyrynen to poke home the team’s fourth.