Reims, France (June 15, 2019) — Jamaica desperately needed a win or a draw to keep their FIFA Women’s World Cup hopes alive yesterday. However, Italy, a red-hot team in the tournament, came crashing in the attack.
FIFA Women’s World Cup: Jamaica come crashing down against Italy
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Cristiana Girelli joined the hat-trick club of the World Cup. Previously, Alex Morgan of the United States and Cristiane of Brazil netted hat-tricks. The Italian international kicked off scoring in the 12th minute. However, it didn’t come without controversy. After a penalty kick was awarded to Italy, a Jamaican player was deemed offside on the initial take by Girelli.
VAR gave Italy another chance at the penalty. Originally, Jamaican goalkeeper, and now 19-year-old sensation, Sydney Schneider made the huge save. However, on a second attempt, Girelli found the back of Schneider’s net.
Jamaica weren’t silent throughout the match. They finished the contest with 12 shots and had two register on goal. Before the match, Marlo Sweatman told reporters that coming into the World Cup, they knew their group would be difficult.
“Yes, we knew coming into the World Cup every team and every game was going to be essential and I know the coaching staff will go back and watch film with us as a team and individually to help us learn and change some of the mistakes that were made and highlight some of the good things that were done,” Sweatman said, via a news release from CONCACAF.
Also scoring for the Italians was super substitute Aurora Galli. The Juventus midfielder entered the match in the 65th minute and found the back of the net six minutes later. Her final tally came in the 81st minute, marking two goals in 10 minutes.
Jamaica is unlikely to advance from Group C. However, they have one more chance to score their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup goal when Reggae Girlz face Australia on Tuesday.
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