Tokyo 2020: Banda scores hat-trick again as Zambia draw 4-4 with China - Punch Newspapers
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24 July 2021The Copper Queens of Zambia on Saturday drew 4-4 with China in their Group F match of the Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football Event at the Miyagi Stadium.But the match was more eye-catching not in the eight goals scored, but in the Zambian side’s captain scoring her second hat-trick of the competition after playing two games.
She had scored three goals against the Netherlands in their opening game, which they lost 10-3, and she now has six goals from two games.Wang Shuang of China also made a name for herself by scoring all her side’s four goals, to stay at par with Vivianne Miedema of the Netherlands who scored four against the Zambians.
In this match, the Zambian girls were actually on their way to victory before conceding a late penalty kick which ensured they shared the points.The Chinese had a flying start when Wang Xiaoxue played a pass through to Zhang Yin in the opening minute but the midfielder was caught offside. headtopics.com
Zambia responded two minutes later when the impressive Barbara Banda, who plays her club football in China, broke through to fire her effort wide, while Avell Chitundu’s tame effort was saved by goalkeeper Peng Shimeng.The Chinese hit back by opening the scoring in the sixth minute when Zhang Xin found an unmarked Wang Shuang, who slotted home from inside the box.
Zambia came back fighting, drawing level by the quarter of an hour mark when Racheal Kundananji noded home Esther Siamfuko’s cross.As the match opened up, the Chinese restored their advantage in the 22nd minute through Wang Shuang, who connected beautifully to Wang Shanshan’s header.
Wang Shuang completed her hat-trick a minute later when she converted another Wang Shanshan pass with a clinical finish to give China a two-goal cushion.However, Zambia pulled one back deep into first half added time when they earned a penalty kick after a foul on Kundananji with Banda making no mistake from the spot.Read more: The Punch Newspapers »
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