France set pair of records with statement of intent drubbing of Italy at Euro 2022

France laid down the gauntlet to the rest of the rest of the contenders for this summer's Women's European Championship crown on Sunday evening, courtesy of an emphatic downing of Italy.

Les Bleues were back in action a short time ago.

In the country's Euro 2022 opener, Corinne Diacre's troops made the trip to the New York Stadium, for a showdown with the aforementioned Italy.

Safe to say, though, the latter's efforts to replicate their male equivalents en route to European glory just shy of a year ago did not get off to the most positive of starts.

Instead, a rampant French outfit ran out dominant 5-1 victors, to take an early lead atop the Group D table.

The clash was all but killed off as a contest inside the opening 45 minutes, as Les Bleues, looking near unstoppable, surged into a five-goal advantage. Grace Geyoro proved the star of the show, bagging a hat-trick, either side of further strikes from Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Delphine Cascarino.

And, in the process of putting Italy to the sword, both Geyoro, and France, secured for themselves pieces of Women's European Championship history:

And the records did not come to an end there, with Sunday's victors having too set a new national benchmark:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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