Women's Hockey WC: India face Italy in knockout round

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India will look to book their place in the lasteight of the ongoing 14th edition of the Womens Hockey World Cup when they take on ItalyItaly in their prequarterfinal match here at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Tuesday

London [UK]: India will look to book their place in the last-eight of the ongoing 14th edition of the Women's Hockey World Cup when they take on Italy">Italy in their pre-quarterfinal match here at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Tuesday.

Earlier, India had to fight their way into the knockout round after they drew their opening game 1-1 against England before losing to Ireland 0-1 in their second Pool B match of the prestigious tournament.

However, they put up a spirited performance and settled for a 1-1 draw against the United States of America in a do or die third-round match to make it to the knockout stage.

Italy">Italy, on the other hand, had a smooth journey so far in the tournament, having edged past China 3-0 and Korea 1-0 in their first two matches of the tournament.

However, the Italian team will be under some pressure as they are coming off an embarrassing 1-12 defeat at the hands of defending champions Netherlands in their third match of the World Cup.

It should be noted that India have faced 17th ranked Italy">Italy quite a few times, including at the 2014-15 World League Semi-Finals.

Meanwhile, the winning team will cross sword with Ireland for the semi-final berth in the tournament.

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