The San Marino Academy wanted to dare a happy ending to their season: a successful goal at the end of a match that was a flurry of emotions, resolved only at 5 ‘of recovery thanks to Jansen, who scored a brace just like in the first leg. A few minutes earlier that Chievo Verona had secured the three points in the direct match against Cortefranca. The Gialloblù team was third in the standings, if the San Marino Academy had not decided to treat itself to a crazy final it would be a match, similar to others experienced in the past, in Serie B and beyond. In the middle of the Cesarini area, the Titanas counter-overturned Tavagnacco after the latter had done the same with them at the sunset of the first fraction. Proceeding in order, the San Marino Academy, at the kick-off whistle, only one way to finish on the podium without having to look at the results of the other fields, more specifically that of Chievo Verona: to win. The other idea was to hit three consecutive victories, a streak never achieved in the season. The initial plan to attack Tavagnacco bears fruit: after less than 3 ‘Massa looks for Jansen in the center of the area who chooses to serve Barbieri, who is also able to control the ball, at the entrance to the small area, before sending it behind Beretta. The advantage found and the suffocating heat require careful management of forces. The Academy chooses to control the game, immediately looking for the 2-0 with Jansen (lob from long distance, outside) but above all by making Tavagnacco move and tire. The conduct of the race is good, but the danger is represented by carelessness and scrums. A lost ball in midfield gives rise to a restart that Tavagnacco develops in the right lane: Milan finds Ferin on the far post, who carves out the space for an easy shot, sensationally missing the target from the heart of the area. Shortly after, on a corner, Rossi takes off but gets contralto. The Academy continues to weave its plots approaching the doubling shortly after the quarter of an hour: Barbieri resists the pressure of Rossi and serves a cross to kiss for Jansen, who crushes with his head in the small area finding Beretta on the trajectory. At half an hour, very similar action: this time it is from the right that Barbieri serves a partner in the area; the cross of the 45 is perfect for the insertion of Kuenrath, who arrives with too much momentum and fails to take aim well. Tavagnacco returns to be seen in the opponent’s three quarters with Tuttino’s oversized southpaw and the too powerful cross Grosso, who arrived at the bottom after another bloody ball lost by the Academy. Thus we arrive at the sunset of the first fraction, with a decidedly increasing Tavagnacco. The general rehearsals of 1-1 are in a header by Ferin that ends slightly high. A handful of minutes later – we are in the 44th minute – Milan manages to shoot in the net in the ball delivered by Stella directly from the flag, giving Tavagnacco a draw that will have a very short life. Yes, because, in the immediately following action, Kongouli first sends Milan into the goal, stopped by the very deep exit of Montanari; then it is the same Greek who picks up the ball rejected by the far end of the house and puts in the unguarded goal with a precise lob.
The frozen shower is worth a few screams from Alain Conte in the interval, but not an immediate reply at the beginning of the recovery by the girls of the house. The latter are projected with will and commitment into the opponent’s three quarters, but the truth is that, at least in the opening bars, it is Tavagnacco who have the best opportunities. The first of them after 3 ‘, when Ferin tries to disturb Montanari on Grosso’s cross and the home goalkeeper is forced to make a double intervention to avoid trouble. The Academy collects corner kicks in industrial quantities which however do not bring danger to Beretta’s goal, except for an early header by Jansen who, deflected, ends his run rather far from the goalposts. The Friulian team is much more determined in the search for the goal, or rather the point of tranquility: it takes Montanari’s reflexes and concentration to avoid Grosso’s powerful 3-1 on the right blade of grass, and precise. Then it is Tuttino who seeks the third goal with a right from distance shot with force but not too angled: here Montanari even blocks. Conte knows that a defeat would make third place evaporate, a draw much more than likely. So he throws into the fray all the attackers initially kept at rest. Papaleo and Alborghetti enter in succession, and something moves. The second goes very close to 2-2 with a right to turn on the developments of a corner: a ball of nothing to the side of the far post. The first one builds an opportunity by going away to Donda and, once in the area, returning to the right for the direct shot: there is a lot of power but not enough angle, and so the excellent Beretta escapes and can reject. However, it is not an intervention that enhances all the qualities of the Tavagnacco goalkeeper. That will arrive at 84 ‘something: the flight of him on the header of Alborghetti, destined to stuff himself at the edge of the pole, is sensational and is worth the applause of the whole tribune, even the blue-white one. Then Berretta will leave the field to make room for the very young Girardi, born in 2004. In the meantime, we are approaching the – many – minutes of recovery. Shortly before the extra-time, Jansen lobs the new entry by exploiting Papaleo’s heel assist and giving new energy to the Titanas, aware that at that point only the victory would have allowed them to respond to Chievo Verona and therefore to close. third. Jansen makes a second attempt with a ball placed in the center, on the fly, on which Girardi chooses the exit time well. It seems over, but it’s not like that: in the 5 ‘of recovery Barbieri throws the Dutchman in depth who takes advantage of Girardi’s indecision and puts the ball of the 11th personal center in the league and above all of the counter-flip into the unguarded goal ” titanic”. The game will be played for a couple of minutes, but there will be no more surprises. Conte and his girls conclude the race and the season with their arms in the air and with a loud cry of liberation. It was not an easy season and the podium is a worthwhile result. Much.
Serie B Women, 2021-22 | Matchday 26, San Marino Academy – Tavagnacco 3-2
SAN MARINO ACADEMY [4-2-3-1]
Montanari; Micciarelli (from 87 ‘Bertolotti), Kiamou (from 87’ Nozzi), Venturini, M. Piazza (from 46 ‘Montalti); Fusar Poli (from 70 ‘Alborghetti), Brambilla; Massa, Jansen, Kuenrath (from 63 ‘Papaleo), Barbieri
Available: A. Piazza, Cecchini, Prinzivalli
Coach: Alain Conte
Beretta (from 87 ‘Girardi); Moroso (from 67 ‘Zuliani), Rossi, Sciberras, Donda, Tuttino, Grosso, Stella, Kongouli (from 78’ Devoto), Milan (from 87 ‘Castro Garcia); Ferin
Assistants: Caneo, Sattolo, Cetrangolo
Coach: Marco Rossi
Referee: Diego Castelli from Ascoli Piceno
Assistants: Gregorio Maria Galieni from Ascoli Piceno, Daljit Singh from Macerata
Booked: Kiamou, Donda
Scorers: 3 ‘Barbieri, 44’ Milan, 45 ‘Kongouli, 89’ and 90 + 5 ‘Jansen
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