Roma Women are in the Coppa Italia Femminile final for a second consecutive year, looking to beat Juventus on Sunday to retain their trophy.
After a penalty shootout win over Milan last season, Roma enter the 2022 final as current holders of the trophy. Their opponents are the reigning Serie A champions, Juventus.
Roma beat Juventus in the semi-final last season, but their first-leg victory remains the only time they have won a standalone game against them. After a tight last league meeting between the two, though – it ended 1-1 in March – anything could happen this time around.
Although Juventus were crowned champions recently, Serie A runners-up Roma arguably go into the game in better form. Indeed, the Giallorosse are on a 15-game unbeaten run across all competitions; in contrast, Juventus have suffered two defeats in their last 15 games.
But each finalist enters the last game of the season with a string of consecutive wins behind them. For Roma, the tally is six; for Juventus, it is five. Only one can come out on top from this meeting.
Coppa Italia Femminile final team news
In positive news for Roma’s chances, Alessandro Spugna has almost a full squad to pick from. The recently sidelined Emilie Haavi and Benedetta Glionna are back among the group. It leaves long-term absentee Claudia Ciccotti – who is travelling in support of her teammates anyway – as the only one ruled out.
Spugna rested a few players in the final league match of the season. But the big names should come back in for this showpiece event.
For example, goalkeeper Camelia Ceasar – the decisive player in last season’s penalty shootout win over Milan – and all-time top scorer Annamaria Serturini got rests last weekend, but will have key roles on Sunday. Likewise, this season’s leading markswoman Paloma Lazaro, who scored Roma’s most recent goal against Juventus, came on from the bench against Lazio but should start this time around.
For Juventus, defender Cecilia Salvai is the only major absentee, but similarly to Roma’s Ciccotti, will be in attendance.
The key players Roma must keep an eye on include defender and Italy captain Sara Gama, forward-thinking full-back Lisa Boattin, Rome-born goalscoring midfielder Arianna Caruso, and dangerous forwards like Cristiana Girelli, Barbara Bonansea and Andrea Staskova.
All in all, there are high-quality players on both sides. Juventus and Roma have been the two best teams in Serie A this season; soon, one of them will be a deserving winner of the Coppa Italia Femminile.
If it is to be Roma, it would cap off what has been their finest season so far.
The game kicks off at 1:15pm UK time.