Zambia players celebrate during the Round of 16 match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between Zambia and Germany at the Jeju World Cup Stadium in Jeju Island, South Korea, 31 May 2017. EPA/WALLACE WOON
Wednesday May 31, 2017. 15:32
Zambia have beaten Germany 4-3 after extra time in a thrilling U-20 World Cup round of 16 match in Jeju on Wednesday.
The Young Chipolopolo have advanced into the quarterfinals for the first time in their history and they will face either France or Italy in Suwon on Monday, June 5.
Yet Beston Chambeshi’s side very nearly threw the match away, having come from a goal down to lead 3-1 before conceding two goals at the death to send the clash to an extra 30 minutes.
Though Zambia looked lively in attack, it was Germany who created most of the chances through the first half and the African side needed goalkeeper Mangani Banda to make a couple of fine saves to deny Fabian Reese and Philipp Ochs inside the first 15 minutes.
Germany claimed a deserved lead in the 37th minute when Ochs scored with a superb left-footed shot direct from a free kick. The effort travelled in via the underside of the crossbar and gave Banda no chance.
The Young Chipolopolo almost came up with an immediate reply through Patson Daka, who controlled a long ball and looked for a looping header over goalkeeper Svend Brodersen, but the ball travelled harmlessly over the crossbar to leave Germany 1-0 up at the break.
Zambia hit back just five minutes into the second stanza, with Emmanuel Banda cracking home a left-footed half-volley after the ball fell kindly for him in the penalty area, 1-1.
And midway through the second half the Young Chipolopolo claimed the lead for the first time, with Fashion Sakala’s powerful effort from the right side of the penalty getting the better of Brodersen to put Zambia 2-1 up.
Germany threw men forward in the dying stages of normal time in an attempt to get back into contention and Zambia punished them with a goal on the counter attack in the 85th minute. Enock Mwepu coolly dispatched a shot past the ‘keeper to make it 3-1.
Mwepu’s goal looked to have put Zambia through to the quarterfinals, but Chambeshi’s side showed a lack of experience and composure to concede late goals to Suat Serdar and Jonas Arweiler to draw 3-3 after the 90 minutes.
The first clear chance of extra time arrived just before the end of the first 15 minute period, with Daka getting on the end of a fine cross and powering a header goal-wards, only for Brodersen to make a fine save.
Yet the German glovesman could do nothing to stop Shemmy Mayembe driving a low shot into the bottom corner in the 107th minute to put Zambia back in front at 4-3.
This time there was no comeback for the Europeans, with the Young Chipolopolo able to hold on to their lead and advance into the last eight of the U-20 World Cup.