Co-favourite, France, understood the initial hurdle at the European Football Championship in England. National coach Corinne Diacre’s group beat Italy 5-1 (5-0) at the beginning on Sunday as well as underlined their title aspirations.

Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, who missed out on a fine in the 33rd min, offered Iceland the lead in the 50th minute. Justine Vanhaevermaet (67th) adjusted with a transformed penalty shot.

France, that have been eliminated in the quarter-finals of the last three European Championship tournaments, are currently on top of Group D.

Iceland had actually formerly begun the tournament with three Bundesliga experts in the starting eleven with a draw. In the battle with Belgium in Manchester, Iceland drew 1-1 (0-0) and lost a lead in the procedure.

Glodis Viggosdottir, Karolina Vilhjalmsdottir (both Bayern Munich) as well as Sveindis Jonsdottir (VfL Wolfsburg) started for Iceland, while Tine De Caigny from Bundesliga club TSG Hoffenheim remained in the Belgian starting XI.


France made whatever clear prior to the break: The exceptional Poise Geyoro (9th, 41st, 45th), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (12th) and Delphine Cascarino (39th) scored for the plainly remarkable French. Italy scored a consolation objective in the 2nd half through Martina Piemonte (57′).

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