Coming off a hard-fought loss to Arsenal Thursday night, the Fiorentina Women found themselves back in action less than 72 hours later. Antonio Cincotta and his team began their league campaign with a local derby against San Gimignano based Florentia, who finished sixth in the table last year. Cincotta told ViolaNation, “It won’t be an easy game after burning our bodies against a great team in Arsenal.”
Fiorentina announced a starting lineup of Francesa Durante, Alice Tortelli, Janni Arnth, Valery Vigilucci, Frederikke Thogersen, Alice Parisi, Stephanie Breitner, Janelle Cordia, Alia Guagni, Lisa De Vanna and Paloma Lazaro.
Florentia San Gimignano announced a starting lineup of Dupuy, Dongus, Lipmann, Ceci, Vicchiarello, Re, Orlandi, Nocchi, Roche and Kelly.
Rumors of Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso in attendance are soon validated as Rocco is front and center after speaking with the team in the locker room.
The Viola Women started this game off strong and never looked back. There is so much firepower in this lineup. With the Fiorentina Triumvirate of Guagni, Mauro and Parisi, future stars Tortelli and Vigilucci and newcomers De Vanna, Lazaro and Cordia, thre is no lack of excitement. It doesn’t take long until that excitement is rewarded. Shortly after Lisa De Vanna threatens a goal in the opening minutes, Paloma Lazaro puts in the first goal of the game and the first of her Fiorentina career. Assisted by Fiorentina captain Alia Guagni, Lazaro adds a second 10 minutes later. The half ends 2-0.
Staying consistent with fast starts, American Janelle Cordia found the back of the net 11 minutes into the second half. Home side Florentina did get a goal back in the 60th minute, and a second in the 90th minute on a wonderful strike from Maegan Kelly.
The game ends on a wonderful Lisa Da Vanna goal. True to her reputation, she was relentless on the run and in pursuit all game. She finally had the opportunity one on one with the goalkeeper, and put it home. Final Score, 4-2 in favor of our female warriors.
Antonio Cincotta was clearly excited with the performance of his team. The team was clearly moved by the presence of Rocco Commisso. Cincotta sent ViolaNation this note shortly following the game, “I am so proud of my girls. To get an away win like this after a tough game in the Champions League is great.” .
Moving forward, some of the best news is that Alia Guagni started the game and played 70 minutes without any visible issues. She was strong in the field and didn’t seem to struggle with her conditioning.
Fiorentina next play against league co-favorite, Roma on Saturday. Just a reminder, games are streamed on www.violachannel.tv, Facebook and Twitter.
Forza Viola! Forza Ragazze!