Zambia dumped out of 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup

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Zambia are out of the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup following Wednesday’s 5-0 drubbing by Spain at Eden Park.5-0 defeat by Japan in their Group C opener, the Copper Queens were back for another lashing.

Jennifer Hermoso struck in either half to grab a brace while Alba Redondo also grabbed her double in the second half as Teresa Abelleira also added a goal in the ninth minute to send Spain to the Round of 16 with a match to spare.

Within 13 minutes of the match, Zambian keeper Eunice Sakala had already been beaten twice as Spain threatened to go on a rampage.

It appears Spain’s strategy was to isolate Zambia danger forward Barbra Banda who was starved of balls and on the few occasion she was in possession she was a handful for opposition defenders.

On the stroke of half-time, Zambia goalkeeper Eunice Sakala excellently saved Aitana Bonmati’s shot from close range.

Sakala was back on 65 minutes to brilliantly dive and punch to safety Hermoso’s deflected strike.

As the Copper Queens were doing well to limit the damage, Sakala, however, finally capitulated four minutes later when she was rounded by Redondo for Spain’s third goal.

Hermoso returned to make it four for the Europeans but some VAR confusion followed the final confirmation of her goal that was initially ruled offside.

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