FIFA U20 World Cup: African Champions Zambia march on to quarter finals
Zambia come from behind to beat Germany 4 – 3 in round of 16 thriller
African Champions marched on to the quarter finals of the on-going FIFA U20 World Cup when they out-scored European representatives German 4 – 3 in a nervy match.
Zambia came from behind to cancel out a Germany 37th minute goal with stunning goals from Emmanuel Banda, Fashion Sakala, Enock Mwepu and an extra time winner by Shemmy Mayembe.
Coach Beston Chambeshi who keeps making changes to his starting eleven for each game today made a surprise inclusion of Siame Musonda who has played as a substitute in the two three previous games.
Zambia were in control of the game from the start but it was the Germans who seemed more purposeful when they went forward with Zambia struggling to put the ball in the box or testing the keeper.
The break through came in the 37th minute when skipper Solomon Sakala conceded a free kick just outside the penalty area.
P Ochs stepped up to take an unstoppable set piece which beat Mangani Banda in the Zambia goal at the near angle coming off the crossbar.
Chambeshi restored what seems to be his best XI when he introduced Edward Chilufya at half time for Siame and it was all guns blazing at the young Chipolopolo pushed forward for an equalizer.
They didn’t have to wait long Enock Mwepu trying to finish with a spectacular over-head kick failed to make full contact with an Edward Chilufya cross from the right but the ball deflected off his foot to fall kindly for Emmanuel Banda who smashed it home in the 50th minute.
It was the “King of assists” Mwepu again who picked Fashion Sakala on the right in the 68th minute and the Spartak Moscow attacker wasted no time in aiming for the goal as he unleashed a belter from the right side of the box to beat the Brodersen in the Germany goal from an impossible angle.
With time running out for coach Streichsbier the Germans poured forward in numbers leaving a lot of holes which Zambia finally exploited in the 85th minute when Patson Daka led a 3 v 2 counter attack and he laid the ball in the path of Mwepu who calmly finished from close range.
An 89th minute attack on the left saw Bader send in a cross that Serdar reacted to first to beat Mangani with a defty touch at the near post for what seemed to only be a consolation.
But the European representatives had another twist to the tale as they pulled another go with barely 5 seconds of injury time to play.
But it was Chambeshi’s boys who were stronger in Extra Time as they managed another goal from a rare when source when Mayembe finished off a lay off from substitute Conlyde Luchanga.
Zambia will now await the winner between France and Italy for the quarter final match to be played on Monday at 1000hrs.
STARTING LINE UPS:
Mangani Banda (1), Moses Nyondo (2), Prosper Chiluya (3), Shemmy Mayembe (13), Solomon Sakala (5) (C), Boyd Musonda (21), Musonda Siame (Edward Chilufya), Enock Mwepu (11), Emmanuel Banda (Boston Muchindu), Fashion Sakala (Coonlyde Luchanga), Patson Daka (20)
(1)Brodersen (GK), (2) Neumann, (3) Schad, (5) Gimber (C), (6) Fechner, (8) Serdar , (9) Reese, (10) Ochs, (13) Bader, (14) Touunarigha, (17) Iyoha
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