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India Beat Italy 3-0 To Qualify For Quarter-Finals


Highlights India vs Italy, Women’s Hockey World Cup at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London.

23:55 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.

India win 3-0 against Italy and qualify for the quarter final. Will meet Ireland on Thursday.

23:53 IST: Whistle from the referee and it’s all over for Italy.  

23:49 IST: Navjot misses to score the fourth goal for India. That was an easy chance but Italian goalkeeper blocks her shot with ease.

23:47 IST: GOAL! Another penalty corner for India and this time India scores with a brilliant deflection from Vandana. IND 3-0 ITA

23:45 IST: Penalty corner for India with just over 6 minutes remaining in the game. Can India make it 3-0?

23:44 IST: That was a brilliant scoring chance for Italy and Jasbeer Singh but she deflects the ball over the net.

23:40 IST: Miss from Vandana! That could have been all over for Italy but Vandana loses the ball under pressure.

23:36 IST: Good save from Savita and cleared with ease by Deepika. India with the counter-attack, earn a long corner. IND 2-0 ITA

23:36 IST: Penalty corner for Italy in the opening minutes of the final quarter.

23:32 IST: GOAL! Neha Goyal scores the second goal for India as team ends the third quarter with a 2-0 lead against Italy.

23:31 IST: Penalty corner for India just seconds before the end of third quarter. 

23:28 IST: Powerful stroke from Rani but Italian defenders clear the ball with ease.

23:27 IST: Penalty corner for India with just over four minutes to go in the third quarter.

23:26 IST: Skipper Rani steals the ball but alert Italian defenders block her outside the circle.

23:24 IST: Long corner to India as they continue to dominate Italy in the third quarter.

23:21 IST: Sunita Lakra gets a green card from the umpire.

23:19 IST: Penalty corner for India after video referral but a powerful shot from Deepika goes just wide. IND 1-0 ITA

23:18 IST: Missed chance for India! That was an easy chance but Navneet Kaur fails to end the ball inside the net.

23:16 IST: Lively start from Italy in the opening minutes of the third quarter, looking to level the score but alert Indian defence has been up to the mark. IND 1-0 ITA

23:14 IST: Whistle from the umpire and the third quarter begins.

23:12 IST: At half-time India have 51 percent of ball possession with 5 circle penetrations. Italy on the other hand have only 2 circle penetrations. Indian defenders have been brilliant in the first two quarters.

23:04 IST: Hooter and its HALF-TIME. India lead 1-0 against Italy.

23:02 IST: The Italians are desperately looking for the equalizer but are being held by the Indian defenders brilliantly. Just under one minute remaining in the second quarter.

22:58 IST: Under 5 minutes remaining in the second quarter as India continue to attack. IND 1-0 ITA

22:55 IST: With 21 minutes into the game, India have 53 percent of ball-possession. Lalremsiami’s goal in the ninth minute has been the difference between both the teams.

22:53 IST: Missed chance for India. Udita misses a simple chance to double India’s lead. Fails to collect the ball inside Italian circle. IND 1-0 ITA

22:50 IST: Dominating start from India at the start of the second quarter looking to extend their lead.

22:49 IST: Whistle from the umpire and the second quarter begins.

22:47 IST: HOOTER and it’s the end of the first quarter. IND 1-0 ITA

22:46 IST: Italian team working hard inside the Indian half to level the scores but Indian defenders are up to the mark.

22:40 IST: GOAL! After a missed penalty corner, India draws first blood with a long corner. Alert Lalremsiami nets the ball with a brilliant movement inside Italian circle. IND 1-0 ITA

22:39 IST: First penalty corner of the match. India in with a chance with 9 minutes into the game.

22:34 IST: The Italian team looking for spaces inside the opposition circle but Indian defenders are keeping it tidy.

22:33 IST: Indian team in the white jersey looking strong at the start, dominating the ball possession in the opening minutes.

22:30 IST: Umpire blows the whistle and the first quarter begins.

22:25 IST: Both teams are at the centre along with the match officials for the national anthems. We are just minutes away from the start.

22:17 IST: Winner of today’s match will enter the quarter final of the 2018 World Cup.

22:15 IST: Indian women started the tournament with a 1-1 draw against England followed by a 0-1 loss against lower-ranked Ireland. The team drew their final group stage encounter against USA 1-1. Italy, on the other hand, won their opening game of the tournament 3-1 against China. They then won 1-0 against Korea but lost badly (1-12) to Netherlands to land in the cross-over stage.

22:00 IST: We are just 30 minutes away from the first match of the day which is between India and Italy. The second cross-over encounter of the day will be played between England and South Korea.

21:40 IST: Starting XI for both the team announced! India – Gurjit Kaur, Deep Grace, Monika, Savita, Deepika, Namita Toppo, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sunita Lakra, Rani Rampal, Lilima Minz

Italy – Celina Traverso, Valentina Braconi, Maria Garraffo,Dalila Mirabella, Martina Chiroco, Elisabetta Pacella, Chiara Tiddi, Jasbeer Singh, Agata Wybieralska, Ivanna Pessina, Marcela Casale

21:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the Women’s World Cup match between India and Italy.

India started the tournament with a draw against England. Neha Goyal’s goal had put India in the lead, but Lily Owsley scored the equaliser for England, helping the world number 2 team draw the first clash of the Pool B. In their second Pool B match, India lost to Ireland 0-1. Speaking about India’s performance against USA, Rani said, “Ahead of the match against USA, when we had the team meeting, we discussed how this is our do-or-die match and though we all knew a draw would be enough, we wanted to go for the win. I think that ‘hunger to win’ attitude helped us on Sunday.” “During our training sessions we play a lot of games, or involve in match-situations where we are under pressure and work on how we can play without taking outside pressure of a packed stadium. We enter a match with the attitude that if we play a good match then the crowds will support us and that we must fight for the ball. I am proud of how the team played against USA and now we need to once again do everything we can to win against Italy,” the Indian skipper remarked.

Italy, on the other hand, started their tournament with a 3-0 win against China in their first Pool A match. Italy continued their momentum with a 1-0 win against Asian Champions Trophy winner Korea but were pummelled 1-12 by the Netherlands in their third and final Pool A match. Rani feels her team must take Italy as a serious contender and draw inspiration from their victory at the 2015 Hockey World League Semi-final Tournament, where they had beaten Italy in a shootout. “Italy is a good team and they have enjoyed good wins in this tournament too. But we need to go into the match with the self-belief that we can beat them and we must draw inspiration from the 2015 Hockey World League Semi-final Tournament where we beat them in a thrilling shootout,” Rani asserted.

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