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SWEET 16: The Italian squad celebrate after their victory over China

SWEET 16: The Italian squad celebrate after their victory over China

It was a case of sweet 16 for Italy as Le Azzurre booked their place in the Women's World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over China in Montpellier.

Striker 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.

And though China enjoyed a resurgence before the interval, Italy sealed victory through Aurora Galli after half-time.

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And as our image of the day shows, the victory prompted scenes of unbridled joy amongst the Italy squad as they savoured a slice of World Cup blue heaven

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Canada star Christine Sinclair has backed City forward Janine Beckie to return stronger, following Monday night’s Women’s World Cup disappointment.

The 2015 tournament hosts exited the competition, courtesy of a solitary Stina Blackstenius strike, and saw a penalty saved.

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