Zambia Inflict Defeat On Germany With Late Goal In FIFA Women’s World Cup Warm-Up

In an inspiring encounter, Zambia, a bronze winner of the last WAFCON, secured a morale-boosting 3-2 over world number 2, Germany in a pre-Women’s World Cup friendly on Friday night.

Coming off a 3-3 draw with Switzerland a week ago, the Copper Queens wrapped up their preparation on a high as the Africans pulled a shock win against the two-time world champions thanks to Barbra Banda’s remarkable brace in Furth, Germany.

Both Women’s World Cup bound nations put up strong performances in the opening stages but could not find the back of the net as the first half ended in a drab draw.

After the restart, it was Bruce Mwape’s side that showed great intent and they were rewarded with the shock lead when Rachel Kundananji set up Banda to break the deadlock in the 48th minute.

Before the Germans could know what hit them, Kundananji doubled the advantage for the Zambians through her brilliance six minutes later.

Despite the intense pressure from the hosts, the Copper Queens held on firmly until Lea Schuller headed in Carolin Simon cross to pull one back on the brink of regulation time.

Inside the additional time, Martina Tecklenburg’s saw their intense pressure pay off when Alexander Popp headed home a fine cross from Svenja Huth to level matters and erupt wide celebration from the home fans.

However, Zambia fought back late for a comeback when Ireen Lungu teed up Banda to lob a long ball over on-rushing Merle Frohms for the remarkable matchwinner.

The victory sees the debutants heading to the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in high spirits.

Zambia at will at the group stage battle former world champions, Japan, Spain and Costa Rica.

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