Super sub Girelli earns Italy 1-0 win over Argentina

Super sub Girelli earns Italy 1-0 win over Argentina

Italy secured a 1-0 victory over Argentina in their Women’s World Cup opener at Eden Park. Substitute Cristiana Girelli scored the winning goal in the 87th minute, denying Argentina their first win in the tournament. Girelli, a veteran striker, replaced Giulia Dragoni in the 83rd minute and made an immediate impact with a well-executed header. Italy will face Sweden in their next match, with both teams currently tied on points in Group G.

Italy coach Milena Bertolini praised Girelli’s contribution, stating that having a player of her caliber on the bench was a valuable asset. Italy dominated possession but struggled to find the back of the net until Girelli’s late goal. Ariana Caruso and Valentina Giacinti both had goals disallowed for offside in the first half. After a slow start to the second half, Italy gained momentum and created more scoring opportunities.

Goalkeeper Francesca Durante made a crucial save in stoppage time, denying Argentina’s Florencia Bonsegundo from a free kick. The victory marked a successful start to the tournament for Italy, who reached the quarter-finals in the previous edition. Bertolini also commended the performance of 16-year-old Dragoni, who impressed on her debut before being substituted for Girelli.

Argentina put up a strong fight but struggled to create clear scoring chances. Their first shot on target came in the 94th minute from Bonsegundo’s free kick. They will face South Africa in their next match, both teams still searching for their first World Cup victory. Argentina coach German Portanova believed that a draw would have been a fair result, considering the evenness of the match.

In conclusion, Italy’s late goal secured them a hard-fought victory over Argentina in their Women’s World Cup opener. Girelli’s impact off the bench proved decisive, while Argentina showed resilience despite the loss. Both teams will look to build on their performances in their upcoming matches.

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