The Women’s EURO 2022 officially landed in Rotherham on Sunday as the opening fixture at AESSEAL New York Stadium saw France topple Italy 5-1 in Group D.
With glorious weather gripping South Yorkshire over the weekend it was no surprise that supporters were in party mood with the flagship women’s competition arriving in our corner of South Yorkshire.
It was the French – who will use AESSEAL New York Stadium as their base for matches in the group stages of the competition – that finished the weekend with a smile on their faces as Grace Geyoro stole the show with a first-half hat-trick with strikes from Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Delphine Cascarino ensuring a five-star performance all before the break.
Italy showed character in the second half and enjoyed the better of the possession and chances too, but for all of their effort and endeavour, they could only muster a single reply which came from Martina Piemonte on 76 minutes.
The emphatic result sees Les Blues top Group D after the opening two fixtures.