AC Milan women have been knocked out of the Italian Super Cup by Fiorentina after the two sides locked horns at the Aldo Gastaldi Stadium on Wednesday night.
It was a disappointing day at the office for Banyana Banyana midfielder Refiloe Jane as Milan squandered a 1-0 lead to go on to lose 2-1 against their rivals.
Jane was once again named in the starting XI by coach Maurizio Ganz as they hoped to reach the final of the competition.
Milan drew first blood just seven minutes into the game after Valentina Giacinti lashed onto a beautiful ball by Veronica Boquete to make it 0-1.
Both sides attacked in numbers for the remainder of the first half, but none could find a goal going into the break.
Liberian attacker Abigail Kim scored an equalizer 11 minutes into the second half to draw the hosts level and take the game to the visitors who were starting to show signs of disorientation.
Fiorentina attacked relentlessly and it was no surprise when Louise Quinn put them in front with 25 minutes left on the clock. Quinn’s goal was enough to seal victory for Cesare Prandelli’s side who marched on to the final to face reigning Italian champions Juventus.
Refiloe Jane was solid in the build-up to the semi-final for Milan, but the South African anchor was dealt yet another heartbreak as she continues to search for her first silverware in Italian football.
The 28-year-old helped the club finish in the top four last season. She played 15 league games scoring twice in the process.
This season Jane has continued where she left off and has played eight games scoring one goal.
Kim, on the other hand, has also enjoyed a good start to Italian football after moving to the Serie A from the United States of America last year. Kim has scored one goal in the league this season, but it was her goal in the UEFA Champions League against Slavia Praha that earned her recognition by Prandelli who drafted her into the starting XI for the crucial home cup game – a gamble that paid off massively for the coach.
Ganzs’ troops will now shift focus to preparations for the rest of the Serie A season. They resume their campaign with an away trip to Hellas Veron on the 16th of December.
A victory would see Milan close the gap on log leaders Juventus by four points.
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By Prince Sobayeni