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Italian players celebrate their progression to the last 16

Italian players celebrate their progression to the last 16

Cristiana Girelli paced Italy to a lopsided group stage victory over Jamaica at the 2019 FIFA Women's World cup by netting a hat-trick in the 5-0 triumph Friday in Reims, France. Girelli's three goals were the third hat trick so far this World Cup.

Aurora Galli came in as a substitute for Italy and scored twice to push the final score to 5-0.

"When we win, it gives us a big jolt of energy".

Italy joins France and Germany in the knockout stages following the Juventus striker's treble and a late brace from Aurora Galli, which gives Milena Bertolini's side a flawless six points - three more than both Australia and Brazil - and puts them through with a game to spare.

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Girelli beat Jamaican keeper Sydney Schneider for her first tally on the second attempt of a penalty kick after Schneider came off of her line too early on the first effort. Friday's win clinched Italy's spot in the round of 16.

Girelli scored her second with an effort that came off her thigh after Jamaica's defence went to sleep at a corner. The score helped Italy hold a 2-0 lead at the break.

Jamaica became only the third team in Women's World Cup history to have seen a hat-trick scored against them in consecutive matches (Cristiane for Brazil, Girelli for Italy), after Mexico in 1999 and Ecuador in 2015. Guigliano curled a handsome feed to the far post during that sequence. The ball was fumbled by Schneider and Girelli was on hand to head in for her hattrick. The Juventus player then kept her cool as she took a through-ball around Schneider to slot in Italy's fifth.

The Jamaicans will round out their group stage action on June 18 against sixth-ranked Australia, once again at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims.

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