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FIFAWWC: Spain knock Zambia out as Japan ease past Costa Rica

ZAMBIA became the first African team to crash out of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after a 5-0 defeat to Spain today, while Japan also cruised to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

Women’s Africa Cup of Nations bronze medallists in 2022, Zambia have now lost their first two games at their maiden World Cup with a combined 10-0 scoreline, having fallen 5-0 to Japan on Saturday.

With today’s results, both Zambia and Costa Rica have been eliminated, as Spain and Japan advance to the round of 16 with six points each.

Spain and Japan will meet on Monday to determine Group C’s winners, with the Europeans currently ahead on goal difference.

Jennifer Hermoso and substitute Alba Redondo each netted twice in the rout of Zambia, with Teresa Abilleira Duenas adding the other goal as the African side crumbled at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

In the other match at the Dunedin Stadium also in New Zealand, Hikaru Naomoto and Aoba Fujino struck in the first half for Japan to send Costa Rica home.

Zambia, who stunned Nigeria’s Super Falcons to win the third-place match in the WAFCON in Morocco last year, can still salvage some pride at the World Cup.

The Southern Africans will play Costa Rica at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand on Monday with a chance to claim their first-ever World Cup victory.

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