Fiorentina Women's FC brush Hellas Verona aside


Fiorentina Women beat Hellas Verona 3-0 at the Stadio Gino Bozzi on Saturday to return to within one point of Juventus at the top of the Serie A table.

Heleen Jaques opened the scoring for Fiorentina two minutes after the hour mark, before Michela Catena added a second on 80 minutes and Ilaria Mauro put the result beyond doubt with five minutes to spare.

“I’m delighted,” said coach Antonio Cincotta after the game. “Our play was excellent in the second half, which shows our quality and desire to overcome difficulties.  Verona defended in numbers but we were patient and mature – very often you end up drawing this kind of game 0-0 or losing 1-0.”

Next up for Fiorentina is a huge trip to Juventus on Saturday.

“It’s the big one, but I want to remind you of where we’ve come from – we had to rebuild the defence with Linari and Bartoli leaving,” said Cincotta. “We started behind but we’ve already lifted a trophy and many people take it for granted that we’re in with a chance going into next week – there’s nothing ordinary about it. We deserve credit for still being in the race for the title.”

Catena also gave her take on the game.

“It was a tough match but we managed it well for the full 90 minutes,” she said. “The goals were a long time coming but we got there in the end. We were disappointed that we didn’t take our chances against Roma, but we’ve worked hard since then and we’ve seen the results of that today.

“On Sunday we’ll go to Turin with belief after what we’ve achieved since July. We’ll see what happens and take stock at the end of the season. It’s great for the women’s game that we’re playing at Allianz Stadium, but we’re not afraid.”

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