Malawi women's national football team captain Tabitha Chawinga scored a brace to help her Italian club side Inter Milan ladies come from behind to hold defending league champions Juventus draw 3-3.
Juventus are the dominant team in Italy’s Women Serie A, having won each of the last five league titles. And in league matches last season Juve beat Inter Home and away 2-1 and 3-3 respectively.
The trend appeared set to continue on Saturday as Juve raced into a 2-0 half lead.
But Inter are a different side this season, having strengthened the team with a number of new signings including Malawi’s star Striker, Chawinga who they signed on a season long loan.
And it was Chawinga who led the fight back.
Soon after kick-off of the second half, the Malawian collected the ball inside her team’s half and raced through a forest of Juve defenders before unleashing a shot from inside the penalty area to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
The momentum shifted to Inter who pressurised their hosts. In the 61st minute Juve failed to decisively deal with a corner kick as the ball fell to Tabitha on a rebound, she unleashed yet another shot which flew into Juve’s net to level the scores at 2-2.
A red card against a Juve defender who was penalised for denying Inter a goal scoring opportunity gave the visitors a numerical advantage, but it was Juve who retook the lead with two minutes left on the clock.
Inter refused to be beaten and once more they hit an equaliser this time through French midfielder, Ghoutia Karchouni .
Juve and Inter both have four points from two games and Tabitha is now her team’s leading goal scorer with three goals in two matches.