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Inter Milan women cruise to 1-0 win over Cittadella

Yeah, I think that makes 14 wins in 14 matches.

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There’s death and there’s taxes. Then there’s Inter Milan’s women’s team.

I hate to jinx it, but it has almost become automatic.

Another Sunday, another Inter Milan women’s match … and, yes, another win.

This time, the victory came from the feet of Alice Regazzoli, who’s 70th minute strike led Inter Milan to a 1-0 win at Cittadella Sunday.

“She’s someone who can play anywhere,” said Inter boss Sebastian De La Fuente, on the club’s website. “She’s improved a lot and her quality could be vital for us in these games.”

Inter started the match on fire as Gloria Marinelli nearly scored the first goal of the match in the 9th minute after a nice pass from midfielder Marta Pandini, but Cittadella goalkeeper Toniolo Ilaria was able to make the stop.

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Pandini nearly came through with a goal of her own, but Ilaria was able to make a second stop in the 17th minute.

Inter forward Regina Baresi had an opportunity in the 20th minute, but her strike volleyed off the goal post. Cittadella pulled off a pair of shots toward the end of the first half, but Inter goalkeeper Katja Schroffenegger was able to push any danger away.

In the second half, Inter picked up where they left off.

But, it wasn’t until the 70th minute when Beatrice Merlo connected with Regazzoli who drilled her shot into the top corner of the goal to put Inter up 1-0.

Marinelli nearly doubled the score in the 77th minute, but her header hit the crossbar.

Regazzoli also had a chance to double the lead in the 82nd minute, but her shot sailed over the goal.

“We knew that it wouldn’t be an easy match, so the important thing was to get all three points to continue our winning streak,” De La Fuente said. “We should’ve done better in terms of our performance. We were in a bit of a hurry when we reached their final third. I am pleased with the result.”

Inter will next play host to Genoa on Feb. 17. They sit atop Serie B on 42 points – 14 points clear of Empoli who are in second. The loss drops Lady Granata Cittadella to sixth in the league on 18 points – seven points adrift of fifth-place Roma.

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