New army Zambia finished their last game in the 2023 Women’s World Cup with a consolation prize as they beat Costa Rica 3-1 in a dead rubber in Hamilton, New Zealand, on Monday.
Zambia and Costa Rica had already been eliminated after two rounds, with Zambia suffering back-to-back 5-0 defeats.
However, Zambia’s first goal in the campaign came just three minutes into the game when a corner kick found Lushomo Mweemba, who cushioned it into the net.
The African side doubled the lead when they earned a penalty in the 31st minute. Barbra Banda kept her cool to convert it.
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Costa Rica breathed life back straight after the break when Zambia’s goalkeeper Catherine Musonda’s howler allowed Valeria Del Campo to assist for Melissa Herrera to turn in from a close range.
But Zambia dented their opposite number’s hopes in stoppage time as Racheal Kundananji beat the goalkeeper one-on-one.
Zambia capped off their first World Cup trip with a third-group finish, while Costa Rica placed at the bottom. (Xinhua)
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