Cristiana Girelli scored her country’s second ever Women’s World Cup hat trick as Italy thumped Jamaica 5-0 to secure qualification for the last 16.
Jamaica fell 3-0 to Brazil in its opener and the World Cup debutants were outclassed again in Reims on Friday, with Aurora Galli also netting twice after coming off the bench in the second half.
Girelli opened the scoring with a twice-taken penalty, then doubled Italy’s lead with a bundled finish from a corner.
American-born goalkeeper Sydney Schneider badly misjudged a cross, allowing Girelli to follow in Carolina Morace’s footsteps by claiming the match ball before Galli struck twice as Milena Bertolini’s team moved three points clear of Brazil and Australia, while Jamaica were left rooted to the bottom of Group C.
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