Roma Women lose late to Juventus in Coppa Italia final

Roma Women suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Juventus in the Coppa Italia final on Sunday.

After winning last season’s final on penalties, Roma required a spot-kick in normal time to take the lead against Juventus.

Emilie Haavi drew a foul in the box, before Andressa Alves scored a powerful penalty to give Roma the advantage in the 23rd minute.

They had chances to extend their lead, but gave away a penalty themselves in the 79th minute when Lucia Di Guglielmo brought down ex-Roma forward Agnese Bonfantini and was sent off.

Up to that point, Juventus were without a shot on target, but Cristiana Girelli stepped up to convert past Emma Lind with 10 minutes to go.

Then, four minutes later, Juventus captain Sara Gama scored with a deflected effort to put her side ahead for the first time in the final.

There were six minutes of added time at the end. Within them, Sophie Roman Haug went close to an equaliser with a close-range header, but it was to be the last notable chance.

Hence, Roma have relinquished their grip on the trophy, but not without a big effort in the final. Indeed, they had more shots and those on target than the victors, but it wasn’t to be this year.

Regardless, their second-placed finish in Serie A Femminile made this their most successful season ever anyway.

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