Italy upset Australia 2-1 in its opening Group C match with a goal in stoppage time. It positioned the squad to advance out of the group stage with a victory over Jamaica. Girelli's first goal was on a penalty kick she got two chances at making. Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider saved Girelli's low penalty shot to the right post, but video review determined Schneider came off her line too soon.
Girelli scored on her second attempt to get Italy rolling. Aurora Galli came in as a substitute for Italy and scored twice to push the final score to 5-0. The night before the match, Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt used Skype to call into a team gathering of the Reggae Girlz and encouraged them to "to go out there and do your best. You don't worry about what other people are thinking."
Jamaica lost 3-0 to Brazil in its opening match.
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