New Delhi: Italy defeated Ukraine 2-1 while Canada saw off Poland 1-0 in the women's hockey qualifiers for London Olympics at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium, on Wednesday.

In the first match of the day, the 19th ranked Italy took an early lead when Alessia Dorian Padalino converted a penalty corner in the fifth minute.

Ukraine with one draw and a win so far, brought up the equaliser in the 39th minute in the second half through a field goal by Bohdan Sadova.

Both the teams tried to surge ahead but it was Italy who finally broke the deadlock when Giulian Ruggieri (69th) made good use of a penalty corner which was awarded in the dying moments.

Italy thus with two wins and as many draws are currently at the top of the table with eight points.

In the second match, Canada and Poland fought hard to nose ahead but none could make any headway as they moved into the breather locked 0-0. After the break, the search continued before Canada's Stephani Jameson brought up the crucial goal in the 65th minute, slotting home from a penaty stroke.

Canada will now clash with top-ranked South Africa in their final league match tomorrow, while Poland will take on Ukraine and Italy will meet India.

(Agencies)