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Grace Geyoro Scores The First Hat-Trick At UEFA Women's Euro 2022 As France Thrash Italy 5-1

Grace Geyoro shot to the top of the Euro 2022 leading scorers list on Sunday night by netting a first-half hat-trick for France in a 5-1 win over Italy.

Paris Saint-German midfielder Geyoro averaged less than a goal every six games for club and country before the weekend.

But she scored three times inside the opening 45 minutes at Rotherham's New York Stadium.

Hat-trick hero Grace Geyoro pictured celebrating after scoring in France's 5-1 win over Italy at UEFA Women's Euro 2022

Hat-trick hero Grace Geyoro pictured celebrating after scoring in France's 5-1 win over Italy at UEFA Women's Euro 2022

Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Delphine Cascarino also netted in the first half as France went into the interval 5-0 ahead.

Italy improved after the break and won the second half 1-0 courtesy of a headed strike by Martina Piemonte.

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Substitute Piemonte nodded in Italy's consolation goal on 76 minutes, just seconds after coming on.

Italy were perhaps fortunate to end the game with 11 players.

Center-back Sara Gama was originally shown a straight red card by English referee Rebecca Welch after catching Geyoro high and late with an ugly challenge.

But after a VAR review, Welch decided to downgrade Gama's punishment to a yellow card.

France's win saw them take control of Group D after Belgium and Iceland had drawn 1-1 earlier on Sunday.

Women's Euro 2022 Highlights: France 5-1 Italy