Cinque Terror?

15 Jun

Sorry for the really bad pun but a five goal fest put Italy on top of Group C on Friday and folks are starting to put two and two together. If you invest in a women’s league and give the ladies some resources, good things may indeed happen.

Both teams came out with high energy and play ran from end to end in the first few minutes but the Italians scored early after Allyson Swaby fouled Bonansea in the box. Schneider once again came up big and saved the penalty taken by Girelli but she was cautioned after jumping off her line too quickly. The penalty was retaken and this time Girelli scored.

While both Shaw and Grey had solid runs into the box, Jamaica’s defense was again found wanting and Girelli scored a second one in the 25th minute. Definitely not the prettiest goal in the world, but really, the defending on this corner from Giugliano was poor. Italy were up by two before the half hour mark.

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The poor Jamaican defending continued when Bonansea had a shot and Sabatino struck the crossbar minutes after Girelli’s goal. However, Adamolekun made a great run, trying to get the ball to Grey. Unfortunately, Grey couldn’t do anything with it. Shaw also had a few good runs into the box, one contributing to Italian keeper Giuliani and defender Gama to collide and go down. Luckily both seem unhurt.
The Italian attack continued seconds after the second half started and resulted in a Girelli hattrick. Again, it was far from pretty and again, it was the result of terrible defending on a set piece. Giugliano sent in a high cross from a corner and Schneider missed it completely. Instead it bounced off Girelli’s head into the net.

Shaw and Grey both had amazing speed and they both refused to give up, regardless of the score line. However, Shaw went a bit too far and tried a bicycle kick which ended up kicking Sara Gama and not the ball. She was lucky to only get a yellow and even luckier, Gama seemed to have her jaw and all her teeth in place. They shook hands and got on with it. Both are warriors and there didn’t appear to be any hard feelings.

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Galli came in for Bergamaschi for a pair of fresh legs and immediately made an impact. Yep, goal number quattro. It was a nice shot into the upper corner and Schneider couldn’t get to it.

Her second goal sealed the deal, taking advantage of an exhausted Jamaican defense. She easily got past the back line and Schneider and tapped it into the open net in the 80th minute.

Bravo, Italia.

This is no real surprise.

Of course this has to be so discouraging for Jamaica but they continue to inspire with their athleticism and their drive. Shaw and Grey have fantastic speed and for all the lack of resources and playing time they had together, they should be very proud of their effort. However, their defense, especially on set pieces, needs a lot of work. Their match against Australia will be tough.

Italy, meanwhile, should be taken quite seriously and with Brazil’s Formiga out of their match on yellow card accumulations, Italy have it in their own hands to see if they can win the group. They are into the next round!

Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims, France
Attendance: 12,016
Referees: Anna Marie Keighley (NZL), Sarah Jones (NZL), Maria Salamasina (SAM), Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Lineups:

JAM: Schneider, Campbell, Plummer (Captain), A. Swaby, Blackwood, Adamolekun (Silver 76’), Solaun, C. Swaby (Sweatman, 46’), Asher, Shaw, Grey (Brown, 65’)
ITA: Giuliani, Guagni (Boattin 57’), Gama (Captain), Linari, Bartoli, Bergamaschi (Galli, 65’) , Giugliano, Cernoia, Sabatino ,Girelli (Giacinti, 72’), Bonansea

– ForzaSusan

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