France produced a historic performance in their opening Group D match against Italy ©Getty Images

A first half hat-trick from Grace Geyoro stunned Italy as France crushed their Group D opponents 5-1 at the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 in Rotherham, England.

It was an impressive display from a team who are seeking to claim their first win at the continental tournament.

The result was France's largest win at a Women's Euro competition, bettering their 3-0 victory against England in 2013.

France also became the first team to score five goals in the first half of a Women's Euro game.

It did not take long for Geyoro to open the scoring after she pounced on a loose ball and buried it into the goal in the ninth minute at the New York Stadium.

Marie-Antoinette Katoto exploited Italy's fragile defence three minutes later, jumping onto a rebound from Laura Giuliani’s save.

It was her 26th international goal in 31 appearances and she almost grabbed her 27th when she smashed a header against the post.

Delphine Cascarino added a third after she fired from range and the swerving ball sailed past Giuliani in goal.

Geyoro then rounded the Italian goalkeeper to score France's fourth before she completed her hat trick just before the half-time break.

A crowd of 8,541 watched as Italy improved in the second half, though their attempt to salvage anything positive from the match was almost ruined when Sara Gama was initially shown a red card.

However, English referee Rebecca Welch overturned her decision after consulting with the video assistant referee (VAR).

Martina Piemonte restored some pride for Italy with a consolation goal 14 minutes from the end of the match.

In the other Group D match, Belgium and Iceland drew 1-1 at the Academy Stadium in Manchester.

Despite the choice of venue holding just 4,400, which Iceland's captain Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir called "embarrassing" prior to the tournament beginning, the 3,859 fans in attendance created a lively atmosphere.

Following a scrappy start, the contest was brought to life when Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir's shot hit Davina Philtjens' arm.

VAR was called into action to confirm that it was a penalty to Iceland.

The crucial moment fell on the shoulders of Berglind Thorvaldsdóttir, but it was the dancing Nicky Evrard in goal who stole the show with a save.

The Belgian goalkeeper could not keep the Icelandic player out in the second half, as Thorvaldsdóttir's header opened the scoring.

Belgium were awarded a penalty of their own when Elena Dhont was brought down by Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir.

Justine Vanhaevermaet bagged the equaliser after sending Sandra Sigurdardóttir the wrong way.

Group D is due to continue on Thursday (July 14) with Italy playing Iceland and France taking on Belgium.

Tomorrow's fixtures in Group A see Austria face Northern Ireland in Southampton, before hosts England take on Norway in Brighton.