MONTPELLIER: Italy reached the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in nearly three decades after beating China 2-0 in Montpellier on Tuesday.
A 15th-minute tap in from Valentina Giacinti and substitute Aurora Galli’s fierce drive three minutes after the break saw Milena Bertolini’s side see off a committed Chinese side and match their best run in the competition back in 1991.
The Italians will now face either the Netherlands or Japan, who play later on Tuesday, in Valenciennes on Saturday for a shot at their first ever appearance in the last four.
“It’s a great result after a difficult match. Today wasn’t a display of beautiful football but the girls gave everything and we were clinical,” said Bertolini to TV station Rai.