India To Face Italy In Cross-Over Match At Women's Hockey World Cup

| July 31 , 2018 , 20:50 IST

The Indian Women's hockey team reached the knockout stage of the Women's Hockey World Cup 2018 held in London. Rani Rampal led Indian team will now face Italy in their cross-over stage match on Tuesday.

Indian Women team is yet to register a win in the tournament and in their next clash will face off Italian girls who had already stunned China with (3-0) and Korea with (1-0) before entering in cross-over group by a steamrolling Dutch team.

The Italian girls had already made their 1st appearance at a World Cup in 42 years and they are are making it count with 2 wins.

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Speaking to media, Rani Rampal said that the team will have to go all out in the match if they want to reach the quarter-final of the tournament.

Indian Skipper further said, "We need to just focus on ourselves, build on our strength and ensure we use our positive points in the match against Italy. There is no doubt we need to go all-out in this crucial crossover match if we want to see ourselves in the quarter-final".

Rani also described the strategy and intensity with which the team had played against the USA, she said, "Ahead of the match against the 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".

The Women's Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs Italy cross-over match will be played at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London and the match will begin at 10:30 pm (IST).