Back and forth in the friendly at Coverciano: The second match between Italy and Iceland ends 1-1In the lead after just fifty seconds with a goal from Giacinti, the Azzurre are caught up at the end of the first half
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Three days after the first match, the National Women's Team took on Iceland with the desire to repeat the success sealed by Arianna Caruso. But this time it was Valentina Giacinti’s turn, scoring a lightning strike after just fifty seconds of play before the opponents responded in the 41st minute with a precise and powerful long-range shot by Karolina Vilhjálmsdóttir. And so, the match between the two national teams that have both already qualified for the European Championship ended 1-1.
MATCH REPORT – The match was played in the splendid setting of the ‘Enzo Bearzot’ pitch at Coverciano which, after receiving federal investments and renovations in recent years, hosted its second official match with Iceland. Italy got off to a strong start. Faithful to Coach Bertolini’s instructions who yesterday said she wanted to see "the right attitude" from her team, the Azzurre took the lead with their first attack, scoring after just fifty seconds of play. A beautiful descent down the right by Bergamaschi and a cross into the centre for Giacinti who was well-positioned at the far post, making a mockery of Siguròardòttir. The hosts proved dangerous again in the 8th minute, with Serturini setting up Giacinti, but Viggòsdòttir came to the rescue to intercept and sweep away.
Despite their advantage and the wind in their sails, the Azzurre pressed on. Iceland, already beaten last Saturday in the first match thanks to Caruso’s goal, have no intention of sitting back and watching. The game takes an interesting turn when on 40 minutes, the opponents responded to Giacinti's lightning-goal with a great shot from Vilhjálmsdóttir who thumped it into the net past the helpless Giuliani, closing out the first 45 minutes at 1-1.
In the second half, the Italians tried their luck in the 51st minute with a shot by Giugliano which sailed wide, and again in the 55th minute with a cross from Rosucci that reached Cernoia in the area, but she mistimed her jump. In the 58th minute, the first two changes come from Coach Bertolini, who brings on Linari in place of Gama and Glionna in place of Cernoia. Italy went from a 4-3-3 to a very offensive 4-4-2 with Giacinti and Girelli leading the line, supported on the flanks by the continuous running of Glionna and Serturini, while Iceland continued to make the most of their physical strength and focus on set pieces.
In the 63rd minute, Rosucci made way for Caruso, who just last Saturday, in the first match with Iceland, scored her first goal with the Azzurre. In the whirlwind of substitutions that took place in the second half, there was also room for the debut of Angelica Soffia, born in 2000, and she immediately put her freshness to use for the team. Despite the game moving towards its conclusion, there was still time for a high header from Caruso and for an insidious Icelandic attack in injury time, a shot from Metta Jensen drawing an excellent save from Giuliani.
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