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Summary

  1. Watch live on BBC Two and online
  2. Giacinti gives Italy lead with close-range finish
  3. Winners will face Netherlands or Japan in quarter-finals on Saturday
  4. China reached quarter-finals in 2007 and 2015

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

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  1. Post update

    Italy 1-0 China

    Almost a calamitous start from China in the second half.

    Defender and captain Wu Haiyan miscontrols a ball forward allowing goalscorer Valentina Giacinti to make her way to the edge of the box, but Wu comes back in time to scramble the ball away.

  2. ‘China need to get the ball to Li’

    Italy 1-0 China

    Faye White

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    China’s central midfielders need to get on the ball a lot more a spread the ball out to forward Li Ying.

  3. Away we go for the second half.

  4. SUBSTITUTION

    Italy 1-0 China

    A change for China. Yang Li on for Gu Yasha.

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    Netherlands v Japan (20:00 BST)

  6. Done and dusted?

    Italy 1-0 China

    Italy
    have never lost after scoring first at the World Cup, winning four and drawing one.

    China have lost all six World Cup knockout stage games they have conceded first in,
    all six without scoring.

  7. Watch again

    Italy 1-0 China

    One goal and another stunning save.

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    Video caption: Giacinti latches on to a loose ball in the box to give Italy the lead

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    Video caption: A superb diving stop from Peng prevents Italy from getting a second
  8. Valentina Giacinti’s goal the difference at the break.

  9. China continue to threaten late in the first half.

    Wang Shuang’s throughball to Li Ying down the right edge of the box is perfect, but Li’s low shot is blocked well by the sliding Elisa Bartoli.

    Wang Shuang

    Copyright: Getty Images

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    Italy 1-0 China

    Italy have not seen the China half for the last 20 minutes or so.

    Skipper Sara Gama close to inadvertently slicing Wang Shuang’s corner into her own net but goalkeeper Laura Giuliani does well to smother.

  11. Watch: Peng’s flying save denies Bergamaschi

    What a save this was!

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    Video caption: A superb diving stop from Peng prevents Italy from getting a second
  12. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Italy 1-0 China

    Almost the leveller.

    China get a free-kick which is played perfectly into the box, Li Ying makes her run in behind and heads against the post from 12 yards out.

    Would have gone to VAR for an offside check, the Italy players just seemed to stop.

  13. ‘They’ve been a threat on the right’

    Italy 1-0 China

    Faye White

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    When China have got it out to that right-hand channel they have been more of a threat.

  14. SUBSTITUTION

    Italy 1-0 China

    China keep coming.

    Li Ying bursts down the right but cannot find a team-mate with her cross.

    Looks like an injury problem for Cristiana Girelli. She is replaced and Juventus team-mate Aurora Galli takes her place.

  15. Post update

    Italy 1-0 China

    China have been causing Italy a few problems at the back.

    On this occasion, Liu Shanshan’s dipping strike from outside the area is gathered by goalkeeper Laura Giuliani.

    It has been a great contest this.

  16. Watch: Giacinti slots home a rebound to put Italy ahead

    Valentina Giacinti latches on to a loose ball in the box to give Italy the lead.

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    Video caption: Giacinti latches on to a loose ball in the box to give Italy the lead
  17. Cheeky from Italy skipper Sara Gama.

    The centre-back spots China goalkeeper Peng Shimeng off her line and goes for goal from all of 40 yards out, but it drifts just wide.

    Decent effort that.

  18. GREAT SAVE!

    Italy 1-0 China

    China are getting exposed at the back time and time again.

    This time AC Milan full-back Valentina Bergamaschi ghosts in behind and into the box, but her thumping strike is brilliantly kept out by Peng Shimeng’s save from close range.

    ‘The Great Wall of China’ at it again.

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    Video caption: A superb diving stop from Peng prevents Italy from getting a second
  19. Goalscorer Valentina Giacinti is through again, she sprints to the edge of the box unchallenged and is one-on-one with goalkeeper Peng Shimeng but rolls the shot wide of the post.

    Would not have counted anyway, the flag went up for offside.

    Hate this new ‘put the flag up late’ rule.

    Valentina Giacinti

    Copyright: Reuters

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    Italy 1-0 China

    No holding back from Han Peng.

    A 50-50 ball and she comes hurtling in on goalscorer Valentina Giacinti with a robust challenge.