Italy, who last featured in a world cup in 1976, recorded their first win at the quadrennial tournament when they defeated China 3-0 initially their Pool A match of the Vitality Hockey Women’s world cup in London on Sunday.
World ranked 17th Italy blanked their eight-ranked opponents to begin their campaign in style.
Equally brilliant was the speed of attack demonstrated by the Netherlands, as Frederique Malta scored one of the fastest goals in world cup history which came within 20 seconds of the start.
Holland beat Korea 7-0. “We were told prior to the match to go out and play attacking hockey in the China half of the pitch,” said Itay’s Jasbeer Singh. “We just grew in confidence as the match went on. This is our first World cup for 42 years and we want to go as far as we can.”
An upset looked to be on the cards in pool C when Spain took an early lead against the 2014 world cup bronze medallists Argentina but the latter held their own to win 6-2.
For Spain’s head coach Adrian Lock, this outcome will not impact Spain’s game plan.”We always knew this would be tough,” he said.”Argentina is number three in the world and we haven’t played them for 10 years. In so many ways it was a good game to play first because now we can reflect on today, learn from the things that didn’t work and be ready for the other two pool games.”In the day’s final match, Gold coast 2018 Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand beat Belgium 4-2.
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