She became the first player to score a hat-trick in the first half of a Women’s Euro match as France became the first team to score five goals before half-time – a performance which justified her favorite status to win the tournament.

Geyoro opened the scoring after nine minutes, taking advantage of an error by the Italian defense to put in a goal.

Star striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto doubled France’s lead just three minutes later as Italy struggled to equal Les Bleues on the wings.

“We started the game well. We managed to get a lot of chances and put the chances behind our backs, so there’s a lot of satisfaction,” Geyoro told UEFA.com after the match.

“Today I was able to convert a lot of the chances I had. I was helped by my teammates with some great crosses. I’m happy with my performance, but it’s a team effort.”

Barely a minute after a brilliant strike from Delphine Cascarino, Geyoro scored her second goal, finding herself in free space and beating the keeper.

She completed her hat-trick on the stroke of half-time, hanging on to a cross from Sandie Toletti.

During the second half, Le Azzurre rallied to stem the onslaught – limiting France to just one chance in the final 45 minutes – and began to create their own chances.

Substitute Martina Piemonte drove a goal back to add some shine to the scoreline, after captain Sara Gama was shown a direct red card overturned by VAR.

“There are a number of positives to come out of this evening,” Italy head coach Milena Bertolini told UEFA.com.

“We’re going to come away with the attitude we showed in the second half and it’s not that easy to do that when you go into the second half 5-0; it could have been a big debacle. But the girls did a good job of doing the simple things we discussed before. It’s a defeat that will teach us a lot.

Euro 2022 continues on Monday when England take on Norway and Austria take on Northern Ireland.

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