Zambia gets to first ever U-20 World Cup quarterfinals

Defeats Germany in a high-scoring affair in extra time

While Germany was already underplaying their chances prior to the match, viewers were still caught offguard when Zambia pulled off a 4-3 victory against the German sin the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Wednesday. German Philipp Ochs scored off of a free kick in the 37th minute to put the lone goal on the board in a sloppy first half. But the scoring picked up in the second half, beginning with a 50th minute goal by Emmanuel Banda, who salvaged a bad bicycle kick attempt by his teammate Enock Mwepu. In the 68th minute, Fashion Sakala scored the go-ahead goal, marking his third of the tournament so far. Mwepu seemingly sealed the game with Zambia’s third goal of the contest in the 86th minute.

Then, a mad dash by Germany to make it a game began when Suat Serdar just barely got his shot in the goal posts to get Germany’s second goal of the game. The game got even more heated when Jonas Arweiler, a substitute, scored the equalizer four minutes into injury time. The game all tied up, both teams went into extra time. Finally, Zambia could seal the victory with a goal by Shemmy Mayembe 17 minutes into the extra period.

For Germany, it is the second tournament in a row that they have fallen to an African team in the Under-20 World Cup, after losing to Mali in the quarterfinals in the last tournament. Meanwhile, Zambia will prepare to face either France or Italy in the quarterfinals on Monday. This is the first time in the nation’s history that they have reached the quarterfinal of an Under-20 World Cup, capitalizing on their first chance since they lost to Canada in the second round of the 1999 tournament.. The only other African team in the tournament this year, Senegal, will face Mexico on Thursday in a second round match.

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