It was a curtain-raising rout for France Women on Sunday as they put five past Italy in the opening 45 minutes, with Grace Geyoro claiming a swift match ball to get her tournament up and running in style. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was joined on the scoresheet by Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Delphine Cascarino.
Italy did manage to pull back a consolation goal through Martina Piemonte, but the 5-1 win means Corinne Diacre’s side are firmly in the driving seat in Group D as they boast a strong goal difference and remain the only nation to claim three points in their opening match-up after Belgium and Iceland drew.
In that contest, Berglind Bjorg Yorvaldsdottir broke the deadlock for the Stelpurnar okkar, but Belgium wouldn’t feel too sorry for themselves at the Academy Stadium in Manchester, restoring parity just after the hour-mark through a well-struck Justine Vanhaevermaet penalty as both nations shared the spoils.
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France Women vs Belgium Women match stats
Incredibly, France became the first nation in Women’s Euro history to bag five goals in one half after their clinical exploits against Italy. That record was later broken by England the following day as they notched six in the opening 45 minutes of their 8-0 win over Norway in Brighton, but it nevertheless serves well to highlight the absolute devastation of France’s attacking line who, not only boast a prolific midfield gem in hat-trick Grace Geyoro, but three-time Division 1 Feminine top scorer Marie-Antoinette Katoto — who is arguably the best player in the world right now. Despite conceding late on, Diacre knows she has one of the most lethal frontlines in international football right now.
France Women vs Belgium Women: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: France Women 3-1 Belgium Women