Cristiana Girelli’s hat-trick accompanied by Aurora Galli’s scarcely believable strike helped Italy pull off a comfortable win (5-0) over Jamaica in FIFA Women’s World Cup and book their place in the last 16 phase of the tournament.
Girelli opened the score with a retaken penalty as the opponent goalkeeper had left her mark prematurely and was punished with Girelli picking up the awarded penalty.
Post the first goal, she netted the second one from a close range while headed home her third to complete the hat-trick.
Substitute player Galli added a couple more to make it five goals to none. Galli’s second and last goal of the match was arguably one of the best goals of the tournament. Galli, who also plays for Juventus, came with an unstoppable drive and then with a cool head on her shoulders drafted it past the goalkeeper.
In the post-match conference, Italy coach Milena Bertolini said, “My emotions are of joy, sheer joy. We wanted to move on in the group phase and to do this after two matches is a great satisfaction.
“These women are a very close-knit group and have reached a high level of maturity,” she added.
Meanwhile, Jamaican coach was hopeful that this was just “part of the journey” and if these players are backed for a long time, the rewards will be evident.
It is worth noting that this was Italy’s joint-biggest win at the FIFA Women’s World Cup; winning 5-0 against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
With FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 ahead, Italy meets Brazil on 19 June, Wednesday while Jamaica take on Australia on the same day.