Zambia look to wrap up top spot in Group C

Zambia look to wrap up top spot in Group C
epa05978020 Emmanuel Banda (C) of Zambia in action against Pepe (L) and Diogo Dalot (R), both of Portugal during the group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between Zambia and Portugal at the Jeju World Cup Stadium in Jeju Island, South Korea, 21 May 2017. EPA/WALLACE WOON

by Graeme Jackson

Friday May 26, 2017. 08:30

Zambia will look to wrap up top spot in Group C when they face Costa Rica in the U-20 World Cup on Saturday. The Southern Africans will face the Central American side at the Cheonan Stadium, kick-off at 10h00 CAT.

Zambia have already secured qualification for the knockout stages thanks to back-to-back wins over Portugal and Iran.

The latter victory arrived on Wednesday in Seogwipo and saw the Young Chipolopolo come from two goals down to take the game 4-2, with Fashion Sakala, Enock Mwepu, Emmanuel Banda and Patson Daka finding the back of the net.

The Ticos, meanwhile, held Portugal to a 1-1 draw to keep alive their hopes of advancing.

They are placed at the bottom of the standings with just one point, but a win over Zambia may be enough to secure either second or third place, depending on the result of the simultaneous match between Portugal and Iran in Incheon.

Beston Chambeshi’s side will be keen on maintaining first place in the group (and need only draw the game to do so), which will ensure they play one of the four third-place teams advancing to the round of 16.

New Zealand referee Matt Conger will take charge of the match at Cheonan Stadium.

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