Roma Women qualify for Champions League with record-breaking win as Serturini celebrates century in style

Next season, for the first time, Roma Women will be involved in European football after confirming a second-placed finish in Serie A Femminile.

The position was confirmed with one game to spare thanks to a record-breaking 8-0 win over Sampdoria.

Annamaria Serturini, on the occasion of her 100th appearance for the club, set things in motion by opening the scoring in the eighth minute, before assisting Valeria Pirone to make it 2-0 in the 19th.

Pirone scored again just three minutes after; then, Manuela Giugliano scored four minutes beyond that to make it 4-0 with the clock yet to even reach half an hour.

Paloma Lazaro had assisted all three of the goals other than Pirone’s first. She then got in on the act herself with the first goal of the second half, five minutes after the restart.

Next it was the turn of Beata Kollmats with her first goal for the club to make it 6-0 inside the final 20 minutes.

Just as stoppage time approached, substitute Sophie Roman Haug added a seventh. Then, fittingly, club captain and birthday girl Elisa Bartoli put the icing on the cake with an eighth into injury time.

Not only are its mathematical implications clear, it also completes the target Roma have been building towards. They will have Champions League football on offer next season.

Before then, they have a derby against Lazio to close out the league campaign before the chance to defend their Coppa Italia trophy in the final against Juventus. Those will be two further events that could cap off a year of fine progress.

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