India became the second team to secure a quarter-final spot ©Getty Images

India booked their place in the quarter-finals of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Women's Junior World Cup after a narrow win over Germany in Potchefstroom.

The two nations began their campaigns with convincing victories in Pool D, with a second win today effectively securing a place in the knock-out stage.

India started the fastest of the teams with Lalremsiami scoring two minutes into the match from a penalty corner.

Another penalty corner saw Khan Mumtaz double India’s advantage after 25 minutes, giving the nation a 2-0 advantage at half-time.

Jule Bleuel responded for Germany in the 57th minute, but India held on to seal a 2-1 victory.

The result proved enough to take India into the quarter-finals with one Pool D match to spare, after Malaysia and Wales drew 3-3.

Two goals from Nuramirah Zulkifli appeared to have won the match for Malaysia, after Wales’ Isabelle Howell had earlier cancelled out Elizaberth Anak’s opener.

Jessica Hill and Cerys Preston scored in the 52nd and 54th minutes for Wales to clinch a draw from the brink of defeat.

Germany remain second in the standings despite their defeat and will hope to secure a quarter-final spot in the final round of Pool D fixtures on Tuesday (April 5).

Reigning champions Argentina moved to the brink of the quarter-finals, after their second win in Pool C.

Daiana Pacheco scored her fourth goal of the tournament to help Argentina beat South Korea 2-0.

Uruguay replaced South Korea in second place in the standings, after Manuela Vidal was the sole scorer in their 1-0 win over Austria.

South Korea are scheduled to face Austria in their final pool match, with Uruguay due to face South American rivals Argentina.

Pools A and B are set to conclude tomorrow in South Africa, with England already winners of Pool B.