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Tokyo Olympics: Zambia exit tournament after Brazil defeat

Africa’s only representative Zambia at the women’s football in the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games has exited the competition.

A 10-member Copper Queens lost 1-0 to Brazil in their final Group F match at the Saitama Stadium Tuesday.

The Zambians were reduced to 10 in the 13th minute after defender Lushomo Mweemba was sent off by referee Yoshimi Yamashita for a foul on Brazil forward Ludmila.

The Copper Queens were also forced to replace number one goalkeeper Hazel Nali after coming into contact with Ludmila in the same challenge that led to Mweemba’s red card.

Alves da Silva Andressa scored the only goal of the game from a set-piece in the 19th minute after a long break in play because of Nali’s injury.

Zambia regrouped and defended resolutely to limit Brazil’s penetration of their goal area despite enjoying a chunk of possession as the game ended 1-0 in favour of Brazil.

The Copper Queens finished third in Group F on goal difference from China, both sides eliminated after they finished on a single point each.

The Netherlands and Brazil progress to the quarter-finals from the group.

The Netherlands will face the USA while Brazil will come up against Canada in the quarter-finals.

Other quarter-finals fixtures will see Great Britain battle Australia while Sweden faces host country Japan, who qualified as one of the best third-placed teams along with Australia.