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December 1, 2023

2023 World Cup Qualifiers: Cristiana Girelli Bags Hat-trick As Italy Pummel Romania

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The Juventus midfielder scored three goals as the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist thrashed Romania 0-5 in 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday.

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Juventus midfielder, Barbara Bonasea opened the scoring for the Italian side in the 22nd minute.

The Romania women’s football team put up an impressive defensive display to stop the Italian from scoring more goals until the 53rd minute.

Inter Milan’s Flaminia Simonetti set up Cristiana Girelli for Italy’s second goal in the 53rd minute.

Cristiana Girelli in the 61st minute increased the Italian lead to three off an assist from Juventus defender, Lisa Boattin.

AS Roma midfielder, Valeria Pirone made it 0-4 before Cristiana Girelli scored her hat-trick in the 94th minute.

Italy with the result remains in the second position in Group G with 15 points behind Switzerland (18 points).

Italy will next host Lithuania in 2022 when the 2023 World Cup Qualifiers resume.



Switzerland pummeled Lithuania 0-7 to maintain the lead at the top of Group G.

Monica Piesliakaite’s own goal, unfortunately, opened the scoring for Switzerland in the third minute of play.

Rachel Kiwic, Coumba Sow (2), Ana-Maria Crnogorčevic, and Riola Xhemaili increased Switzerland’s lead to six.

Svenja Folmli scored the solitary goal in the second half to complete a 0-7 win for Switzerland.

FC Barcelona Femeni forward, Ana-Maria Crnogorčevic made four assists in the course of the game.

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers Results (Europe)

Bosnia Herzegovina 1-0 Malta

Azerbaijan 1-0 Montenegro

Bulgaria 1-4 Serbia

Kosovo 1-3 Albania

Turkey 3-2 Israel

Croatia 4-0 Moldova

Lithuania 0-7 Switzerland

Romania 0-5 Italy

Cyprus 0-4 Iceland

Denmark 3-1 Russia

Hungary 4-2 Ukraine

Slovenia 0-0 Greece

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