India vs Italy, Hockey Women’s World Cup: After a campaign-saving draw against USA, the Indian women’s hockey team gave a convincing performance against lower-ranked Italy in the cross-over World Cup match in London on Tuesday. The 10th-ranked India proved that they are a better team when they beat 17th ranked Italy 3-0 with goals from Lalremsiami, Neha Goyal and Vandana. With the win, India have qualified for the quarterfinals, where they will face Ireland on Thursday.
Hockey Women's World Cup: India beat Italy 3-0
FULL-TIME: INDIA 3-0 ITALY
India are through to the quarterfinals after defeating Italy 3-0 in the Hockey Women's World Cup knockout match with goals from Lalremsiami, Neha Goyal and Vandana. India will now face Ireland in the quarters on Thursday.
GOAL! INDIA 3-0 ITALY
It is all over for Italy as India score a deflected goal in the fourth quarter to take 3-0 lead. Vandana does brilliantly to make up for the previously missed chance, showing the end of the road to her opponents Italy.
A tactful push by Neha Goyal gives the Indian team a comfortable 2-0 lead in this #HWC2018 #INDvITA cross-over match. Our eves are close to victory as the clock ticks down.— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 31 July 2018
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Italy put pressure
Italy increase the pressure on India, who look adamant on finishing the match without conceding a goal. Meanwhile, India miss a close chance, keeping Italy's hopes alive
Italy are now desperately looking for their opening goal. India stay alert as Savita makes a comfortable save to stop the low shot from the set-piece.
GOAL! India 2-0 Italy
India successfully convert penalty to double their lead against Italy just before the third quarter whistle. Neha Goyal gets to the ball in the midst of scramble from Gurjit's shot and rolls the ball into an open goal in pure confusion. The video referral also fails to find out how the ball actually met the net. But it works well in India's favour as they are a quarter away from quarterfinal berth.
As the proceedings move towards the fourth quarter, the Indian Eves resiliently defend their one-goal lead over Italy in this intense cross-over match against Italy at the #HWC2018— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 31 July 2018
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Another penalty corner
Another peanlty corner goes to waste as India miss their chance. Rani strikes the ball but the Italian defenders block well. Meanwhile, Sunita Lakra receives a green card from the umpire.
India Penalty corner
India win a penalty corner after a video referral but they fail to make the most of the opporunity as Deepika sends it flying wide.
India's Deep Grace Ekka's powerful shot from the set-piece goes painfully wide! While Italy are doing well in the mid-field, it is the attack that they fail miserably at.
India hope to double their lead as they kickstart the third quarter. India leading by 1-0. Italy try hard to equalise.
Ireland observe from stands
Ireland team are watching the match from the stands. The winner of this match will face them in the quarterfinals.
Lalremsiami's goal has been the difference between the two sides as India lead 1-0 at half-time.
31' Q3 is now underway and the Indian Eves need to build on a composed first-half performance to make it to the Quarter Finals of the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018!#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #INDvITA pic.twitter.com/0oag9rRPSy— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 31 July 2018
India defend well
Italy try to find a breakthrough but India, wearing white today, do well to ensure that they maintain the lead. Few minutes left before the half-time whistle
Smart moves by India
Brilliant move by Udita as she pulls off a skillful turn on the left flank to deliver a ball into the Italian circle. Italy on counter attack but Rita does well to intercept.
India had a chance of doubling their lead in the second quarter as Navneet gets into a great position on the left flank to send in a cross but the ball is intercepted just before it gets to a waiting Lalremsiami in front of goal.
End of first quarter
A brilliant finish by Lalremsiami gives India crucial lead. It wasn't a brilliant start but India capitalised on a long corner to turn the game in their favour.
GOAL! India 1-0 Italy
After Sunita Lakra makes a vital tackle, India earn a penalty corner in the first quarter. And THEY CONVERT SUCCESSFULLY. India draws first blood in this decisive game as Lalremsiami uses some clever movement to get to the ball in the midst of a scramble in the circle.
Confident start by Team India
The Indian Eves begin this clash with purpose as they immediately start applying pressure on our opponents high up the turf.
And the knockout match is underway. This is a very important match for India, who have underperformed in the tournament, which started with 1-1 draw against England followed by a 0-1 loss against lower-ranked Ireland. Then they drew their final group stage match against USA 1-1.
Experienced Rani Rampal leads the blue shirts in the match against Italy. Here are the starting XI:
Here’s how the starting XI for Indian Women’s Team will line-up for their cross-over game of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 against Italy. Catch the action LIVE at 10:30 PM (IST) today!#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #INDvITA pic.twitter.com/gnv4dEJKWJ— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 31 July 2018
The players are on the pitch, singing their national anthem. It's a cloudy day. A nervous look on the players' faces.
India vs Italy Live
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of India's knockout match in the Women's Hockey World Cup against lower-ranked Italy. India are hoping for the winning touch in this one to survive the tournament. Winner of today's match will enter the quarterfinal.