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Tokyo Olympics: Zambia concede 10 – but still have memorable Olympic debut

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Barbra BandaBarbra Banda scored a hat-trick for Zambia

Zambia women's football team had an Olympic debut they will never forget – for good and bad reasons – as they faced European champions the Netherlands.

Despite conceding 10 goals against the 2019 World Cup runners-up, the world's 104th-ranked side had plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

Captain Barbra Banda made history for the Copper Queens, scoring her country's first ever women's goal at an Olympics.

The 21-year-old striker, who has also been a professional boxer, went on to score a hat-trick, becoming the first female African player to score three goals at a Games.

Zambia upset the odds to become Africa's sole representative in Tokyo, defeating 2019 Women's World Cup qualifiers Cameroon in a play-off to take the sought-after slot, above even the might of Africa's record nine-time champions Nigeria.

They were huge underdogs against the Netherlands – a side 100 places higher in the world rankings – and the star-studded Dutch, managed by future England boss Sarina Wiegman, were too much for them.

Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema scored four times for the Netherlands, who were also making their debut as they set a new record for the most goals scored by one team in an Olympic game.


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Formation 4-2-3-1

16Nali8Belemu5Mulenga3Mweemba4Siamfuko14Lungu6Wilombe12Chitundu11Banda10Chanda9Mubanga16Nali8BelemuSubstituted forNamukwasaat 87'minutes5MulengaSubstituted forMusaseat 72'minutes3Mweemba4SiamfukoBooked at 66mins14Lungu6Wilombe12Chitundu11Banda10Chanda9MubangaSubstituted forLubandjiat 73'minutes




Formation 4-3-3

1van Veenendaal17Janssen3van der Gragt4Nouwen5van Dongen6Roord14Groenen10van de Donk7van de Sanden9Miedema11Martens1van Veenendaal17Janssen3van der GragtSubstituted forWilmsat 60'minutes4NouwenSubstituted forvan Esat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins5van Dongen6Roord14Groenen10van de DonkSubstituted forPelovaat 72'minutes7van de SandenSubstituted forJansenat 72'minutes9MiedemaSubstituted forBeerensteynat 60'minutes11Martens


2Wilms12Folkertsma13Pelova15van Es16Kop18Beerensteyn19JansenReferee:Laura Fortunato

Match Stats

Home TeamZambiaAway TeamNetherlandsPossessionHome34%Away66%ShotsHome14Away25Shots on TargetHome4Away13CornersHome1Away8FoulsHome9Away5

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    Match ends, Zambia Women 3, Netherlands 10.



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