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Zambia Secures Historic Victory To Earn First Women’s World Cup

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In a memorable moment at this year’s Women’s World Cup, Zambia made history with a resounding 3-1 victory over Costa Rica, securing its first-ever win in the prestigious tournament. The Copper Queens showcased their talent and determination, delivering an emotional high as they bid farewell to their first World Cup campaign.

The momentous match witnessed two key milestones. Lushomo Mweemba’s early goal marked the fastest strike at this year’s Women’s World Cup, igniting the match with electric energy. The breakthrough came a mere 2 minutes and 11 seconds into the game when Mweemba brilliantly volleyed the ball into the roof of the net from Avell Chitundu’s corner kick, leaving Costa Rica’s goalkeeper, Daniela Solera, no chance to save it.

Adding to the historic moment, Zambia’s Barbra Banda etched her name in the tournament’s history books by scoring the 1,000th goal in Women’s World Cup history. The 23-year-old striker demonstrated her prowess from the penalty spot in the 31st minute, converting the milestone goal with composure and precision. The referee awarded the penalty after Banda appeared to be fouled in the box by Costa Rica’s Katherine Alvarado.

The match was characterized by intense competition, leading to a total of 30 fouls and five yellow cards handed out by the referee. Both teams displayed remarkable determination, despite already being eliminated from the knockout stage before the match.

In the 47th minute, Costa Rica’s Melissa Herrera pulled one back for her team, heading the ball over the line with her chest to secure their lone goal. However, Costa Rica’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when a potential penalty and a goal were disallowed due to offsides calls.

Zambia’s victory was a testament to their swift and efficient gameplay. In just 131 seconds, they secured their first-ever goal in a Women’s World Cup, setting the tone for a dominant performance throughout the match. Mweemba’s early strike changed the momentum, allowing the Copper Queens to control much of the first half and extend their lead with Banda’s penalty.

The celebrations reached a crescendo when Rachael Kundananji sealed the victory three minutes into injury time. Banda’s precise through ball set up the forward perfectly, and Kundananji made no mistake in finding the back of the net.

Zambia’s historic win concluded their Women’s World Cup campaign on a triumphant note, finishing third in Group C with three points. The team displayed great promise and left a lasting impression with their impressive performance on the world stage.

As for Costa Rica, they continue to seek their first-ever Women’s World Cup win, having made their second appearance in the prestigious tournament. The Las Ticas will take this experience and motivation back home, striving to make their mark in future tournaments.

Looking ahead, Zambia will be eager to build on their success and continue their journey towards greatness. Their next match is scheduled for October 23 against Mali in the second round of Olympic qualifiers.

The Women’s World Cup continues to be a stage for outstanding performances, thrilling moments, and historic achievements. Zambia’s maiden victory stands as a testament to the global growth of women’s football, inspiring fans around the world and leaving a legacy for future generations of talented footballers.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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