ROTHERHAM, England (Reuters) – Grace Geyoro scored a first half hat-trick as France made a dream begin to the ladies’s European Championship by thrashing Italy 5-1 in Group D at Rotherham’s New York stadium on Sunday.
Italy had been 5-0 down on the break on a heat night in South Yorkshire as France turned on the type with the very best ever first half rating at a ladies’s Euros.
Midfielder Geyoro put Les Bleues forward from shut vary within the ninth minute and Marie-Antoinette Katoto made it 2-0 three minutes later after goalkeeper Laura Giuliani palmed it straight to her.
The objective was Paris St Germain ahead Katoto’s twenty sixth in 31 worldwide appearances and she or he may have had one other when she hit the put up within the sixteenth as a assured France dominated possession on their method to topping the group.
France, who went by means of their qualifying group with out conceding a objective however have but to win a main ladies’s event, had been 3-0 up within the thirty eighth when Delphine Cascarino lashed in a highly effective strike.
Geyoro, making her fiftieth look for France, bagged her second within the fortieth by beating two defenders and the goalkeeper earlier than rolling the ball into an empty web and punching the nook flag with the objective upheld by VAR.
She then made Euros historical past along with her hat-trick simply earlier than the halftime whistle, with France going off the boil within the second half and bringing on substitutes for all their goalscorers.
Italy had risked being diminished to 10 gamers within the sixty fourth when captain Sara Gama was proven a straight pink for a excessive sort out on Geyoro, diminished to a yellow after a prolonged VAR overview.
Substitute Martina Piemonte grabbed a comfort objective with a looping 76th minute header and Italy may have had a late second when Selma Bacha cleared off the road in stoppage time with goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin overwhelmed.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Toby Davis)