The first day of the 2023 Women’s World Cup continued this Saturday morning, with the entry of a new African nation. The lowest ranked country by FIFA in this competition, Zambia was swept aside by Japan (0-5) in Group C.
The Japanese largely dominated the entire game, taking advantage of the defensive flaws of the Zambian rearguard. Hinata Miyazawa was the main actress, scoring two goals (43′, 62′), to which were added the achievements of Mina Tanaka (55′) and Jun Endo (71′). At the very end of the match, the Zambian goalkeeper was penalized with a red card for a dangerous exit (90+7′). Her replacement initially managed to stop the penalty taken, but it was canceled and Riko Ueki finally scored on the second try.
A big victory for Japan, which takes the lead in Group C, ahead of Spain which beat Costa Rica (3-0) for its first match. For its part, Zambia occupies last place in this group with already a goal difference of minus 5. Qualification for the next round is already very compromised for the Zambians.
Note that during the night from Friday to Saturday, the United States, arch favorites for the final coronation, largely beat Vietnam for their entry into the competition (3-0), with a double from attacker Sophia Smith. The United States, who are aiming for a third World Cup title in a row, take the lead in Group E.