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Italy beat China to reach Women's World Cup quarter-finals

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Highlights: Italy 2-0 China
Italy booked their place in the Women's World Cup quarter-finals with a goal in each half to beat China in Montpellier. Forward Valentina Giacinti gave Italy an early lead when she turned in the loose ball from close range after Peng Shimeng parried Elisa Bartoli's effort. China enjoyed a resurgence before the interval but Italy sealed victory through Aurora Galli after half-time.
Galli, who replaced Cristiana Girelli in the first half, found the bottom corner from outside the area.
Relive what happened
Italy will play the Netherlands or Japan in the last eight on Saturday in Valenciennes. Le Azzurre dominated the early exchanges and Giacinti had a ninth-minute strike ruled out for offside before giving her side a deserved lead with her fifth goal in her past eight internationals.Italy could have doubled their lead after the half-hour mark when winger Valentina Bergamaschi was played in over the top, but her fierce effort across goal was well saved by Shimeng.That save from a keeper nicknamed the 'Wall of China' appeared to spark her side into life and they produced their first shot from inside the Italy area in the 41st minute and a further two before the break.Liu Shanshan also fired in a volley from outside the area which was well saved by Laura Giuliani.But Italy broke their resistance within five minutes of the restart as forward Galli picked up the ball the best part of 30 yards out and sent a right-footed shot past Shimeng and into the bottom corner.
Match facts
Italy are the sixth team from Europe into the quarter-finals - a new record for a single confederation at a Women's World Cup. Only three European sides made the last eight in 2015.
Valentina Giacinti scored her seventh goal for Italy on her 29th appearance. It was her first goal in four World Cup appearances.
China have lost all seven World Cup knockout stage games they have conceded first in - all of them to nil.
All seven teams scoring first in the last 16 so far have progressed to the quarter-finals.
Galli's three goals as a substitute equals the record for a single Women's World Cup, set by Australia's Lisa de Vanna in 2007.
Line-ups
Match Stats
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Line-ups
Italy
1Giuliani
7Guagni
3Gama
5Linari
13Bartoli
2BergamaschiSubstituted forMauroat 63'minutes
23Giugliano
21Cernoia
10GirelliSubstituted forGalliat 39'minutes
19Giacinti
11BonanseaSubstituted forRosucciat 71'minutes
Substitutes
4Galli
6Rosucci
8Parisi
9Sabatino
12Marchitelli
14Tarenzi
15Serturini
16Fusetti
17Boattin
18Mauro
20Tucceri Cimini
22Pipitone
China
12Peng
6Han
5Wu
3Lin
2Liu
11WangSubstituted forSongat 61'minutes
20Zhang
13WangSubstituted forYaoat 62'minutes
17GuSubstituted forYangat 45'minutes
7Wang
10Li
Substitutes
1Xu
4Lou
8Li
9Yang
14Wang
15Song
16Li
18Bi
19Tan
21Yao
22Luo
23Liu
Referee:Edina Alves BatistaAttendance:17,492
Match Stats
Home TeamItalyAway TeamChinaPossessionHome37%Away63%ShotsHome17Away19Shots on TargetHome5Away6CornersHome0Away9FoulsHome9Away9
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Match ends, Italy 2, China PR 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+6' Second Half ends, Italy 2, China PR 0.Posted at 90'+6' Attempt saved. Wang Shuang (China PR) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Liu Shanshan with a cross.Posted at 90'+5' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 90'+5' Delay in match because of an injury Manuela Giugliano (Italy).Posted at 90'+3' Attempt saved. Valentina Giacinti (Italy) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Manuela Giugliano.Posted at 90'+2' Offside, China PR. Wang Shuang tries a through ball, but Yang Li is caught offside.Posted at 90'+2' Wu Haiyan (China PR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+2' Foul by Ilaria Mauro (Italy).Posted at 90'+1' Attempt missed. Ilaria Mauro (Italy) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Valentina Giacinti.Posted at 90'+1' Attempt missed. Manuela Giugliano (Italy) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.Posted at 90' Attempt missed. Valentina Giacinti (Italy) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Manuela Giugliano.Posted at 87' Foul by Wang Shuang (China PR).Posted at 87' Aurora Galli (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 84' Attempt missed. Wang Shuang (China PR) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Zhang Rui following a set piece situation.Posted at 84' Song Duan (China PR) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 84' Foul by Manuela Giugliano (Italy).Posted at 83' Attempt blocked. Yang Li (China PR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yao Wei.Posted at 82' Attempt missed. Zhang Rui (China PR) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Song Duan.Posted at 81' Corner, China PR. Conceded by Elena Linari.Posted at 78' Foul by Li Ying (China PR).Posted at 78' Elena Linari (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 78' Foul by Yao Wei (China PR).Posted at 78' Ilaria Mauro (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 75' Attempt missed. Song Duan (China PR) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wu Haiyan.Posted at 74' Attempt saved. Han Peng (China PR) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.Posted at 74' Corner, China PR. Conceded by Alia Guagni.Posted at 73' Wu Haiyan (China PR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 73' Foul by Aurora Galli (Italy).Posted at 71' Attempt blocked. Zhang Rui (China PR) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Song Duan.
Substitution
Posted at 71' Substitution, Italy. Martina Rosucci replaces Barbara Bonansea.Posted at 67' Corner, China PR. Conceded by Valentina Cernoia.Posted at 67' Attempt blocked. Wang Shuang (China PR) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yang Li.Posted at 67' Attempt blocked. Yao Wei (China PR) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wang Shuang.Posted at 66' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 65' Delay in match because of an injury Valentina Cernoia (Italy).Posted at 65' Attempt saved. Wang Shuang (China PR) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Song Duan.
Substitution
Posted at 63' Substitution, Italy. Ilaria Mauro replaces Valentina Bergamaschi.
Substitution
Posted at 62' Substitution, China PR. Yao Wei replaces Wang Yan.
Substitution
Posted at 61' Substitution, China PR. Song Duan replaces Wang Shanshan.
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