Netherlands thrashes Zambia 10-3 in women’s football tournament to set new Olympics record

Wednesday’s action-packed encounter also made it the highest-scoring match in Olympic women’s football since it debuted at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema scored four goals in the Group F match at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, before being substituted in the second half.

Many Dutch players play in the top women’s football league and their quality and experience is just too much compared to Zambia.

However, despite conceding a heavy goal, the Zambian players continued to work hard and scored twice in the last 10 minutes of the match.

Vivianne Miedema celebrates after scoring her third goal of the game.

Zambia had reason to celebrate when captain Barbra Banda scored her country’s first women’s goal at an Olympics.

The 21-year-old forward went on to score a memorable hat-trick, becoming the first African female player to score three goals at an Olympics.

The Netherlands face Brazil next Saturday, which got off to a good start earlier on Wednesday with a 5-0 all-out win over China.

It was a game that saw Brazilian football legends Marta and Formiga make Olympic history, with Marta becoming the first player to score in 5 consecutive Olympics and Formiga playing in her 7th Olympics. | Netherlands thrashes Zambia 10-3 in women’s football tournament to set new Olympics record


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