New Delhi: In what can be called a stellar and clinical performance, the Indian women’s hockey team beat Italy 3-0 on Tuesday night to breeze into the quarter-finals of ongoing FIH Women's Hockey World Cup in London, England.
A field strike by Lalremsiami scored the opening goal in the ninth minute of the game and two penalty corner goals from Neha Goyal and Vandana Katariya in the 45th and the 55th minute respectively ended 17th ranked Italy’s World Cup journey. India is set to face a formidable Ireland on Thursday, whom the Indian eves had lost to 0-1 in the pool stages of the tournament.
With just seconds to go in the third quarter, India earned a penalty corner and converted it into a goal with a brilliant deflection from Neha Goyal. With just five minutes to go in the final quarter Vandana Katariya too scored with a deflection making it impossible for Italy to level the scores.
This is India’s first victory in the last four games played by the team in the tournament. This is the first time in 40 years, India is among the top eight countries in the World Cup, the last one being the seventh position in 1978 in Madrid.