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The Africans were in action for their respective teams in the semi-finals, but it was the American-Liberian who stepped a little closer to glory.
Abigail Kim scored Fiorentina’s first goal in her team’s qualification for the Italian Super Cup final after a 2-1 comeback over Refiloe Jane’s AC Milan on Wednesday.
Having arrived in Italy from the US in September, the American-Liberian Kim broke her Serie A duck against Empoli on December 13 and picked up where she left off against Milan.
For her part, South African Jane was instrumental to Milan’s top four result last season and was keen to help her team move closer to glory by beating Fiorentina in the race for a final place.
Having both finished in the top four last season, runner-up Fiorentina faced third-place Milan in the semi-final match.
After making her UEFA Women’s Champions League debut in the 1-0 round of 32, a return leg win at Slavia Praha, Kim earned a place in Fiorentina’s starting XI, just as Jane started for the Antonio Cincotta’s team.
At the Aldo Gastaldi Stadium, Milan did well when Valentina Giacinti opened the scoring after just seven minutes to claim a narrow first-half lead over last season’s runners-up.
After the break, the locals staged a comeback and won their well-deserved draw through Kim in the 11th minute of the second half.
Nine minutes later, Irish star Louise Quinn found a breakthrough and made no mistake in finding the back of the net for the hosts, scoring what turned out to be the winner.
The result means that Fiorentina are in the final and will face the league champion Juventus.
Kim’s goal saw the 21-year-old American international, born in Liberia, increase her season tally by four games to two with Fiorentina this season.
On the other hand, South African Jane was involved from start to finish but was unable to save Milan from a semi-final defeat.