Fiorentina Women slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Napoli on Sunday as they continue their search for a first league win this season.
Fiorentina enjoyed the best chances of the first half, with Daniela Sabatino denied first by the Napoli goalkeeper and then by the woodwork following a well-judged through ball from Claudia Neto.
Martina Piemonte was brought on for the Viola in the second half and had a couple of half chances as Fiorentina streamed forward in search of the opener.
But it was Napoli who found the all-important breakthrough on 82 minutes, when Arianna Acuti ran through one-on-one with the goalkeeper before slotting home for 1-0.
The Viola redoubled their efforts and were handed a golden opportunity to equalise minutes afterwards when Napoli conceded a penalty for handball. Piemonte stepped up – but her spot-kick found the post and Napoli held on for the win.
Napoli 1-0 Fiorentina (HT: 0-0)
Scorer: 83’ Acuti
NAPOLI: Aguirre, Imprezzabile, Di Marino (88’ Corrado), Garnier, Abrahamsson; Capitanelli (72’ Porcarelli), Colombo, Goldoni, Acuti, Erzen, Chatzinikolau (56’ Popadinova).
Subs not used: Toniolo, Giordano, CHiavaro, Blanco, Kuenrath.
ACF FIORENTINA: Schroffeneger; Vigilucci, Kravets (64’ Martinovic), Tortelli, Zanoli; Huchet, Breitner, Neto; Baldi (45’ Cafferata); Lundin (45’ Piemonte), Sabatino.
Subs not used: Tasselli, Forcinellia, Zazzera, Ceci, Vitale, Catena.
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Patrizia Panico reacts to the defeat
Il DS Simone Mazzoncini parla dopo la sconfitta.
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