For their very first Olympics game in a women’s football tournament, Zambia had a nightmare against the Netherlands. The two teams put on a show to produce the most prolific match in the history of the Olympics, with a large victory for the Dutch (10-3).
Hazel Nali is likely to remember her very first Olympic Games for a long time. The Zambian goalkeeper spent her entire match against the Netherlands at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu enduring the onslaught of the Dutch strikers, and could not do much to contain them. As a result, Zambia was very much inclined (10-3).
Banda, the only clearing in Zambia
For a few minutes, the Netherlands thought to beat the record for the largest victory in the history of women’s football at the Olympics, held by Germany thanks to its victory against China in Athens in 2004 (8-0) . It was without counting on the burst of pride of the young Zambian captain, Barbra Banda (21), while her team was down 10 goals to 1.
In quick succession, Banda reduced the score twice (82nd, 83rd). Her hat-trick – she had already allowed her team to return to the game after twenty minutes of play (19th) – will have fundamentally changed nothing. The Dutch were too strong and quickly took advantage of Nali’s mistakes to lead 3 goals to 0 after fifteen minutes of play.
Miedema had fun
On the Netherlands side, Vivianne Miedema, author of a quadruplet (9th, 15th, 29th, 59th) and Lieke Martens, who offered a double (14th, 38th), walked around. Vice-world champions and reigning European champion, the Dutch completed their large victory with goals from Shanice van de Sanden (45th), Jill Roord (64th), Lineth Beerensteyn (75th) and Victoria Pelova (80th).
While the Americans suffered a surprise defeat earlier in the day against Sweden (0-3), the Netherlands easily assumed their status as favorites in this meeting. Their next match should be more difficult against Brazil on Saturday at the same stadium in Miyagi.