New Lazio Women coach Massimiliano Catini failed to secure points in his first game in charge of the club, losing 2-1 to Pomigliano Femminile.
The Italian coach oversaw his first game in charge of the Lazio Women squad following the dismissal of previous coach Carolina Morace, and despite some positive signs, no points could be picked up still.
- Lazio Women (4-4-2): Stephanie Ohrstrom (46′ Emma Guidi) ; Margot Gambarotta, Beatrix Foerdos, Federica Savini, Camilla Labate; Antonietta Castiello, Rachel Cuschieri ( 58′ Francesca Pittaccio), Virginia Di Giammarino, Nora Heroum; Signe Holt Andersen (58′ Noemi Visentin), Adriana Martin.
- Pomigliano Femminile (4-3-3): Sara Cetinja; Gaia Apicella, Aivi Luik, Danielle Cox, Martina Fusini; Zhanna Ferrario, Giulia Ferrandi (63’ Liucija Vaitukaityte), Giorgia Tudisco (73’ Valentina Puglisi); Deborah Salvatori Rinaldi, Marija Banusic (85’ Augustine Ejangue), Dalila Ippolito.
Going into the break, the Lazio goalkeeper was easily the best player on the pitch, keeping her side ahead on multiple occasions.
At half-time Ohrstrom was replaced by Guidi due to a hip problem that was felt in the dying minutes of the first half.
Four minutes after the break, Pomigliano found their equaliser, with Salvatori Rinaldi guiding Banusic’s cross to the back of the net, tying the game up at 1-1 at 49 minutes.
Lazio didn’t react well to the equaliser and the Campania side almost took the lead shortly afterwards, with Cox’s shot just going over the crossbar.
In the 67th minute, Ferrario was given a red card after fouling Visentin, who was about to be through on goal. In the resulting free-kick, the Biancocelesti almost scored, with Martin’s shot rippling the outside of the net.
The Roman club felt confident playing against 10 women and pushed for a winner, but things collapsed in the 81st minute when a Pomigliano counter-attack ended in a Rinaldi cross into the box, which Foerdos unfortunately poked into the back of the net to make it 2-1 to Pomigliano.
In the dying minutes of the match, Lazio had one more chance, but Cetinja pulled off a nice save to deny Visentin, leaving the Biancocelesti disappointed after a positive afternoon.