Young Shepolopolo exit World Cup after Venezuela bashing

By IAfrica
In Zambia
Mar 19th, 2014

Time Posted: March 19, 2014 6:38 am

Zambia has been knocked out of the 2014 FIFA U17 World Cup in Costa Rica after losing to Venezuela 4-0 in their second Group A match in San Jose on Wednesday morning.

The Shepolopolo missed a number of chances in the first half through Grace Chanda and Ireen Lungu before they were punished by Venezuela.

Zambia had the earliest clear-cut chance in the match after just seven minutes as Chanda found herself inside the box but directed her shot at the keeper.

Venezuela took a 14th minute lead through Deyna Castellanos who beat Zambia keeper Hezel Nali with a low shot from inside the box.

The South Americans went to the half time break leading 1-0 before a Gabriela Garcia second half hattrick condemned Zambia to their second defeat after Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Italy in their opening match.

Garcia inked her hattrick with goals in the 47th, 59th and 86th minutes.

The Albert Kachinga side is now waiting to play their last group match against Costa Rica on Saturday before heading back home.

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