Wednesday’s action-packed encounter also made it the most impactful game in women’s football at the Olympics since making its debut at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema stole the show four times in Group F at the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, before being substituted in the second half.
Many Dutch players are plying their trade at the top of women’s football and their quality and experience was just too much for Zambia.
However, despite being at the end of an outright defeat, the Zambian players kept pushing and scored twice in the last 10 minutes.
Zambia had reason to be happy as captain Barbra Banda scored her country’s first-ever women’s goal at the Olympics.
The 21-year-old striker went on to achieve a memorable hat-trick, becoming the first African player to score three goals in a Games.
The Netherlands face Brazil next Saturday, who started their campaign off on the right foot on Wednesday with a complete 5-0 victory over China.
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