Day Six: The Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup

Italy WC
A last-minute winner from Valentina Braconi sealed a 1-0 win for Italy and secured their place in the knockout stages at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.

This is Italy’s first appearance at the tournament for 42 years and they are the lowest ranked team but with wins over China and Korea have ensured progression.

Elsewhere defending champions the Netherlands continued their impressive start with as they hit seven past China to win 7-1. Italy and the dutch go head to head in their final pool match with the winner taking top spot. 

The match between Korea and Italy was tense and edgy throughout with Korea producing more chances but found Martina Chirico in good form. Then in the final minute Italy broke with the move allowing Braconi to slap home sparking wild scenes.

Earlier rain had suspended the Netherlands and China midway through the second quarter but not before Caia Van Maasakker and Kelly Jonker had put the dutch into a two goal lead.

After the break the Netherlands came out with fresh energy as Laurien Leurink, a double from Lidewij Welten and Kitty Van Male put the dutch six ahead.

There was a late consolation strike for China as Jing Yong hammered a stunning backhand shot into the top left corner. However the final goal of the game went to the dutch as Xan de Waard finished of a fine flowing counter attack.