Nchout Njoya Ajara scored and provided an assist to inspire her club Inter Milan take a first-leg lead against Sampdoria Ladies in the first-leg the semi final of the 2023 Italian Club after a 3-2 win this Wednesday.
The Cameroon international was the most outstanding and scored within 10 minutes of kick-off from a Tabitha Chawinga as Inter established an early lead. The Inter Ladies doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Ajara returned the favor to her Malawian team-mate who fired pass Francisca Fabiano on goal for Sampdoria.
It quickly became 3-0 when 31-year-old Tatiana Bonetti benefitted from an assist from Merlo to score again in what was turning out to be a perfect first-half.
The visitors held unto the lead till the interval, outplaying their host in almost every compartment of the field.
Sampdoria improved in the second segment, having a go at Inter defence with almost passage of play.
Defender Elena Pisani stepped up and pulled one back just after the hour mark to create an exciting situation in the final 30 minutes.
Midfielder Bianca Fallico made it a nail-biting finish when she scored in added time for Sampdoria but Inter held on to go home with a 3-2 win which gives them a narrow edge in the tie.
Inter Ladies will take the narrow lead into the second leg game scheduled at home on February 7.
The inputs of Ajara and Tabitha could be crucial in the outcome of that contest to happen at the Suning Training Center which could see the girls of coach Rita Guarino reach the semi final if they prevent a defeat.
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