Zambia under 20 players
The African Champions went down to the Italians by 3 goals to Two in a thrilling encounter that had to be decided in extra time.
The two teams settled for a 2 all after 90 minutes and the game went into extra time.
In extra time the Italians scored their third game and sealed off the game.
The Under 20 FIFA World Cup quarter final played at Suwon World Cup stadium saw the African Champions take an early lead through Patson Daka in the 4th.
In the second half the Italians equalized but in the 84th minute Fashion Sakala fashioned a second goal for the young Chipolopolo to put Zambia ahead.
However, Zambia’s lead was erased 3 minutes before close of the 90 minutes through a well taken free kick by Italy.
Earlier in the match, Zambia lost their instrumental midfielder Enock Mwepu in the 24th minute after he took a knock.
After Mwepu tearfully left the pitch the Young Italians took control of the game and the young Chipolopolo had to do a lot of defending relaying on counter attacks.
Zambia’s counter attack led to Edward Chilufya being fouled outside the box and at first the Referee pointed at the penalty sport but the decision was changed to a free kick and an Italian defender was given a red card.
Zambia now returns home as Italy proceeds to the Semi-finals.