10-man Italy broke Zambia’s semifinal dreams at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup on Monday after an 3-2 extra-time win in Suwon.
The match brought down the curtain on the Zambia U20’s fairy tale run in South Korea where they team was hoping to reach another milestone following their our debut quarterfinal qualification.
It started off well with Patson Daka giving Zambia a story book lead the 3rd minute.
12 minutes later, Emmanuel Banda saw his superb free kick parried by the outstanding Andrea Zaccagno.
Italy then had Giuseppe Pezzella sent off in the 43rd minute for a tag on Edward Chilufya who had his gun sights locked on the Europeans’ goal.
However that did not break Italy’s resolve and they equalised in the 50th minute through Riccardo Orsolini.
Then, the spotlight fell on the outstanding Zaccagno who denied Fashion Sakala twice in the 56th and 66th minutes.
In-between,Zaccagno also shut-out Boyd Musonda’s volley in the 64th minutes as Zambia threw everything at Gli Azzurri.
Sakala calmed Zambians nerves with a fine second goal in the 84th minute to netting what was seemingly the teams semifinal ticket.
However,Zambia’s inability to deal with set pieces returned to haunt them and Federico Dimarco leveled in the 88th minute via a stunning free kick to force the tie into 30 minutes extra time.
Luca Vido put the final nail in the contest with a head-in goal, Dimarco was the architect from the corner, to see Zambia exit the tournament.