Women’s UEFA EURO 2022: Grace Geyoro hat-trick leads France to 5-1 win over Italy

She became the first player to score a hat-trick in the first half. Women’s Euro match, while France became the first team to score five goals before half-time, confirming their status as one of the favorites to win the tournament.

Geyoro opened the scoring nine minutes later, taking advantage of an Italian defense error and scoring a goal.

Star striker Marie Antoinette Catoto doubled France’s lead just three minutes later as Italy struggled to match Le Bleu on the flanks.

“We started the game well. We managed to create a lot of chances and use them defensively, so there’s a lot of satisfaction,” Geyoro told UEFA.com after the match.

“Today I was able to convert a lot of the chances that I had. My teammates helped me with great crosses. I’m happy with my performance, but it’s a team effort.”

France converted five of the seven shots on target.

Barely a minute after Delfina Cascarino’s brilliant shot, Geyoro scored the second goal, ending up in open space and outwitting the goalkeeper.

She completed her halftime hat-trick by catching a cross from Sandy Toletti.

In the second half, Les Azzurres rallied to stop the onslaught, limiting France to just one chance in the last 45 minutes and began to create chances of their own.

Substitute Martina Piemonte pulled back one goal to brighten up the score a bit after captain Sarah Gama received a direct red card, which the VAR system canceled.

“Tonight will bring a lot of positivity,” Italy head coach Milena Bertolini told UEFA.com.

“We will go again with the attitude that we showed in the second half and it’s not easy to do when you go 5-0 in the second half; it could have been a big fiasco. But the girls did a good job. do the simple things that we discussed beforehand. This defeat will teach us a lot.”

Euro 2022 continues on Monday with England playing Norway and Austria playing Northern Ireland.