Costa Rica 1-2 Zambia: Barbra Banda nets the tournament’s 1,000th goal as Zambia pick up their first ever World Cup victory with both teams knocked out
- Zambia had neither scored or won a Women’s World Cup game before the match
- They took the lead early on when Lushomo Mweemba volleyed high into the net
- Captain Banda then made history as jubilant scenes followed each Zambia goal
Barbra Banda netted the 1,000th goal in Women’s World Cup history as Zambia ensured they didn’t end the tournament pointless as they beat Costa Rica 2-1 in both sides’ final game.
The teams are out of the tournament after both losing their first two games to Japan and Spain, but played for pride in their final match of Group C.
Zambia weren’t willing to wait and took the lead after just three minutes when Lushomo Mweemba volleyed home from the edge of the box to net her country’s first ever World Cup goal.
But Zambia, whose first two games ended in 5-0 hammerings, weren’t hanging around for the celebrations. They were awarded a penalty after half an hour when Banda hit the deck inside the six yard box under pressure from Katherine Alvardo.
The Costa Rica players protested what was a close call, but the Zambia captain scored from the spot to double her side’s lead with what was the 1,000th goal in the tournament’s history.
Barbra Banda (right) score the 1,000th goal in Women’s World Cup history as Zambia beat Costa Rica
The Zambia captain was on hand to score from the penalty spot as her side secured their first ever World Cup win
Zambia and Costa Rica are both out of the tournament but Zambia will leave with pride
Melissa Herrera pulled a goal back just after half time after some indecision from Zambia goalkeeper Melissa Herrera, and it was expected that her side would kick on in the second 45.
But that didn’t really happen, with Zambia able to hold on for the rest of the game to earn their first World Cup victory.
They even added a third deep into stoppage time to secure the victory, with Banda involved again and Rachael Kundananji slotting past Daniela Solera to secure history for her side.
Both teams will now exit the tournament but Zambia will leave with a sense of pride after achieving their first ever goal and win in a World Cup.