Italian striker Cristiana Girelli made historical past on Friday when she scored her nation’s first hat trick at a Ladies’s International Cup event.
The 29-year-old unfolded the scoring in opposition to event debutant Jamaica within the 11th minute after slotting a penalty kick previous goalkeeper Sydney Schneider.
It was once her 2nd strive from the spot, after the primary strive was once neatly blocked through Schneider, handiest to be known as again since the Jamaican goalie moved off her line too temporarily.
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Girelli endured her scoring prowess within the 25th minute all the way through a easy nook kick into the field that Jamaica couldn’t transparent. She was once in the fitting position on the proper time to place the ball into the again of the online together with her thigh.
Italy would end the primary part up through two and it could handiest be an issue of seconds sooner than Girelli added to the tally in the second one part to finish her hat trick.
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Seconds into the second one part, Girelli gained an excellent pass into the field through Manuela Giugliano to nod the ball into the again of the online and previous Schneider.
The Italian ladies, taking a work of the American ladies’s playbook, didn’t let off the fuel being 3 objectives up, including every other two – each through Aurora Galli within the 71st and 81st mins – to complete off Jamaica and qualify for the spherical of 16.
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Jamaica, making their debut at this yr’s event, misplaced its opening fit in opposition to Brazil. They play Australia on Tuesday for his or her ultimate group-stage fit.
The Italian ladies go back to motion in opposition to Brazil on Tuesday. Brazil face the doubtless humiliating prospect of being eradicated on the organization levels if they’re not able to defeat the Italians and Australia beat Jamaica. They misplaced to the Australians Three-2.