BANDA HATTRICK FOR ZAMBIA BUT LATE VAR PENALTY ENDS CHINA A LATE DRAW
The Copper Queens were on their thanks to victory before they conceded a late penalty that made them share the points
But unfortunately, Zambia ended up drawing 4-4 against China when Zambia could not hold onto their lead during a dramatic Olympic Games encounter at the Miyagi Stadium on Saturday.
Wang Shuang scored China’s four goals while captain Barbara Banda registered a hat-trick while the opposite goal for the African representative was scored by Rachael Kundananji.
Unfortunately,China lost the opening fixture to Brazil and Zambia too lost its opening fixture to Netherlands.
They both lost their opening fixtures before drawing the second Group F game.
In the opening two minutes, Copper Queens came on the brink of getting an opener, but Banda missed the target within the first instance from close range and before the second instance Avell Chitundu’s shot was prevented by China’s Shimeng Peng.
Interestingly recovery was made by China and took the lead within the sixth minute.
They put ahead by Shuang to punish an otherwise adventurous and attacking Zambia.
But within the eighth minute, Irene Lungu was not clinical enough together with his chance to revive parity for the African side.
When Kundananji scored within the 15th minutes,Bruce Mwape’s side levelled the score but China’s was restored by Shuang; as she grabbed her afternoon’s brace within the 22nd minute.
Shuang later registered a hat-trick when she stretched China’s cause 3-1 against a stunned Zambia.
In the 37th minute, Mwape made his first change as she brought on Mary Wilombe in situ of Martha Tembo.
But unfortunately or fortunately, a second goal was scored by Zambia two minutes before the half-time break, when Banda converted a penalty won when Kundananji was brought down.
But during the last half time, Zambia came rejuvenated and within the 46th minute their fighting spirit was rewarded when Banda scored with Kundananji assisting- to form the score 3-3.
Grace Chanda would have scored the fourth, though her 48th-minute close-range effort went so high but Zambia looked more determined to travel ahead.
But when Esther Siamfuko was replaced by Margaret Belemu , a second change was made by Mwepu within the 62nd minute .
within the 69th minute, a hat-trick was grabbed by Banda when she struck the fourth goal for the Copper Queens, and therefore, six goals have now been scored by Zambia in two games.
A penalty was won by China – after VAR confirmation of Lushomo Mweemba had handled the ball – within the 84th minute which gave them an opportunity to revive parity through Shuang.
China faced Zambia with fewer players after Li Qingtong got a red-card within the 86th minute.