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Reggae Girlz trail Italy 2-0 at halftime.

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:02 PM
Italy's Cristiana Girelli (right) jumps for the ball with Jamaica's Allyson Swaby during their FIFA Women's World Cup Group C match at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, this morning.
Italy's Cristiana Girelli (right) jumps for the ball with Jamaica's Allyson Swaby during their FIFA Women's World Cup Group C match at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, this morning.

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz trail Italy 2-0 at halftime in their crucial Group C game in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Reims, France.

Sashana Campbell, playing in an unfamiliar right back role, gave away the ball away, forcing Allyson Swaby into a tackle in the box. Referee Anna-Marie Keighley had initially thought the tackle was legal, however the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled that Swaby did not play the ball and a penalty was given. Sydney Schneider, like she did against Brazil on Sunday, made a save from Cristiana Girelli but (VAR) came into play again and ruled that both her feet came off the line as she came forward for the save to her left.

Girelli, on the retake, put her shot to Schneider's right this time, to put the Italians up 1-0 in the 11th minute.

Fourteen minutes later, Italy won a corner and poor organisation in the box from the Jamaicans saw Girelli grab her second of the game from a tap in from roughly six yards out.