But Zambia had to dig deep to earn their quarterfinal spot against the 1981 winners thanks an extra-time goal from Zesco United defender Shemmy Mayembe after the two sides finished 3-3 at full-time.
It was Mayembe’s first international goal for both club and country for the right back who got his big break under George Lwandamina at Zesco Last season.
But Zambia have had to rally twice to stay in the game and later to clinch their historic last 8 spot.
Germany took the lead in the 37th minute through Philipp Ochs who whipped in a breathtaking free kick to give them a 1-0 halftime lead.
Emmanuel Banda crushed in one of his trademark volleys in the 50th minute before Fashion Sakala hammered Zambia into the lead from an acute angle in the 68th minute.
Sakala’s goal finally saw him break Bernard Makufi’s 17 year old two goal record set at the 1999 tournament in Nigeria where Zambia made its debut but exited at the group stage.
Enock Mwepu poked in the third in the 86th minute before Zambia lost it at the back.
Suat Serder sneak in one in the 89th minute to narrow Zambians lead before Jonas Arweiler equalised four minutes deep into stoppage time.
However, Mayembe made sure of Zambia’s Passage in the 107th minute after a well-worked move involving Mwepu,Fashion and Daka
Zambia now await winner of Thursdays last 16 date between France and Italy whom they face on June 5 in Suwon.
Meanwhile, Zambia have gone one better than in their second appearance at Canada 2007 where they made a last 16 exit at the hands of Nigeria.