UPDATE: 81’ — Super-sub Galli scores her second with a nice run into the box to give Italy the 5-0 lead.
All of Italy’s seven goals at the Women’s World Cup have been scored by Juventus Women players (Girelli 3, Bonansea 2, Galli 2).
UPDATE: 71’ — Italy scores again, but it’s not Girelli who gets the goal.
It was, however, another one of the Juventus Women contingent getting on the scoresheet, with second-half substitute Aurora Galli scoring an absolute rocket to make it 4-0.
Likely an early contender for goal of the tournament.
UPDATE: 46’ — TRIPLETTA GIRELLI!
About as good of a start that Italy could have hoped for as Girelli gets her hat trick, the third of the tournament already. This time it’s a headed effort at the back post after a deep cross by Manuela Giugliano.
Italy is in complete control — and making that all-important goal differential look better and better with every goal (a Juventus Women player) scored.
UPDATE: 25’ — DOPPELTTA GIRELLI!
Italy’s second corner of the game results in the Azzurre’s and Girelli’s second goal of the game and a comfortable 2-0 lead. It won’t go down as Girelli’s best goal of her career, but the redirection off her thigh counts just the same.
UPDATE: 12’ — A three-minute span where we saw VAR used to overturn a non-call in the box, a penalty kick saved and then said PK retaken after Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider was ruled to leave her line too quickly ends with Italy going up 1-0.
Cristiana Girelli, who went to Schneider’s left on the first attempt, buried the re-take in the bottom-right corner to give the Italians an early lead.
Penalty drama!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 14, 2019
Sydney Schneider makes ANOTHER penalty save but gets called back for stepping off her line. Cristiana Girelli scores on the 2nd attempt and it's 1-0, Italy. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/mq9pndL4Ec
All three of Italy’s goals this tournament have been scored by Juventus Women players.
If play in Group C at the Women’s World Cup has taught us anything thus far, it’s the fact that any match involving Australia is going to be accompanied by plenty of chaos.
I guess it’s a good thing that Italy has already been there and done that.
As Australia continues to be the cardiac kids — both in good ways and bad — Italy has the chance to go atop Group C with a win or a draw against one of the feel-good stories of this Women’s World Cup, Jamaica this evening. It would be a spot that many didn’t predict would be possible knowing who else was in the group and who the Azzurre started group play against, but the chance to go 2 for 2 to start the tournament is definitely an achievable goal.
The outside chance that Italy had to advance to the knockout round coming into the tournament could very well be a very good chance come a couple of hours from now.
They will, though, have to, at the very least, not lose to Jamaica.
So maybe we see Barbara Bonansea score another goal or two. Hopefully Italy don’t need Laura Giuliani to save another penalty (and that the rebound is a little more favorable this time as compared to over the weekend). Or maybe one of the other Juventus Women representatives on Italy’s roster will play a major role in helping their country continue its perfect record at the Women’s World Cup.
That’d be cool.
When: Friday, June 14, 2019
Where: Stade Auguste-Delaune II, Reims, France
Official kickoff time: 6 p.m. local time in France and across Europe; 5 p.m. in the United Kingdom; High noon Eastern Time; 9 a.m. Pacific Time
HOW TO WATCH
Television: FOX (United States): TSN1, TSN5, RDS (Canada); BBC Sport Live (United Kingdom); Sky Sport Mondiali, RAI Due (Italy)
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