Live Updates Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs Italy: Rani Rampal’s India will start as overwhelming favourites against 17th ranked Italy in the crucial knock-out match, where a win will pit them against Ireland in the quarterfinals on Thursday. India would be high-on-confidence after holding England to a 1-1 draw and then the USA was also held for a draw which allowed India to qualify.
India finished third in the Pool B with two points — behind top-ranked Ireland (six points) and second-placed England (five) and ahead of the United States (2) with two draws and a loss. India finished third on superior goal difference.
World No.17 Italy, who finished second in Pool A, will look to make a strong comeback after their morale-shattering 1-12 defeat against world No.1 the Netherlands in their final pool game.
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However, under the leadership of Rani Rampal, India are totally aware of the challenges Italy possess as an opposition. The women in blue can also draw inspiration from their victory at the 2015 Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-final tournament where they beat the European outfit via penalty shootout.
This is a cross-over match, to be played for the first time in the history of Women’s Hockey World Cup.