India entered the quarterfinals of the women’s hockey World Cup with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Italy at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London on Tuesday. Lalremsiami (9′), Neha Goyal (45′) and Vandana Katariya (55′) were the goal-scorers for India in a rather one-sided cross-over tie. India will now face Ireland in the quarterfinal on Thursday, hoping to book a semifinal berth for the first time since 1974. India started slowly but it did not take long for them to start dictating play. Navjot Kaur won the team’s first penalty corner in the ninth minute.
Still, India piled on the pressure and good work by Monika down the Indian right-hand side was rewarded by a penalty corner in the final minute of the third quarter, which was converted by Neha Goyal after a goalmouth scramble to double India’s lead.
Skipper Rani feels India have gained confidence as the tournament has progressed and they would look to carry that forward going into the business-end of the event. “Early in the tournament we didn’t do the one thing we needed to do – score goals. But we have found the net now and we can definitely push on with our journey. We do not see that journey ending tomorrow,” she said.
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