Banyana Banyana midfielder Refiloe Jane was named the Woman of the Match after another top performance for AC Milan.
The Rossoneri hosted San Marino as they looked to keep their title hopes alive in Serie A on Sunday. Jane returned to the starting Line-up after missing out on the Italian Super Cup where Milan drew 1-1 against Sassuolo at the end of January.
Coming g into this game, Milan were three points behind log leaders Juventus and needed a win to continue chasing the giants who had already secured maximum points against Empoli on Saturday afternoon.
Fully aware of the Juventus result, Maurizio Ganz’s side knew that a win at home against San Marino was the only favourable result.
None of the teams was able to conjure up a lead in the first half of the game although the hosts were dominant, they failed to convert their chances in the five 45 minutes.
Surprisingly, it was San Marino who took the lead after Francesca Vitale committed a foul inside the box and Azzurra Curazzi stepped up and slotted home from the resulted spot kick – this was a wake up call for the home side who responded positively.
Five minutes later Jane made a run into the opposition half and laid the ball on a silver plate for Giorgia Spinelli who levelled matters. Six minutes later, English striker Natasha Dowie put the hosts ahead in the 61th minute.
Milan controlled ball possession while throwing numbers forward to look for more goals. Dowie completed her brace after 78 minutes and second half substitute Tara Tamborini completed the rout with an additional time strike to make it 4-1 for the Rossoneri who now have 36 points after 13 games played in Serie A.
Jane has played 11 games for the red and black this season, she is one of the key players in the squad. This is her second season with the Italian side who have been on the rise – Jane is the first South African female footballer to play in Italy.
Maurizio Ganz will now switch focus to Saturday’s Italian Cup quarter-final second leg against Sassuolo at home. Milan has an advantage of an away goal having scored a goal in the first leg.
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