Tokyo 2020: Zambia goalkeeper Hazel Nali makes huge blunder in loss to Netherlands in Olympic Games opener
Netherlands are among the favourites to secure Olympic gold, meaning it was a tough opening test for Zambia. The European side were much too good for their opponents, but they were given a helping hand as goalkeeper Hazel Nali was guilty of a couple of blunders, the first of which she will want to forget.
Zambia keeper Nali's howler allows Miedema to score for Netherlands
There did not appear to be any danger as a ball was lofted over the top of the Zambia defence, more in hope than expectation.
Nali raced from her area, which proved to be a huge error as she completely misjudged the flight of the ball.
Realising she was out of her box, Nali attempted to head the ball to safety but only succeeded in diverting it into the path of Vivianne Miedema.
The Netherlands forward gleefully accepted the chance and stabbed the ball into the unguarded net as Nali attempted to get back and clear.
Lieke Martens puts Netherlands 2-0 up after another Hazel Nali error for Zambia
Nali went some way to atoning by making two brave saves at the feet of Netherlands attackers, but she erred again on 15 minutes - leaving her area and failing to clear. Lieke Martens was the beneficiary as she stroked the ball into an empty net from the edge of the area.
Netherlands went on to win the match at a canter, with Miedema proving to be the star turn with four goals in the 10-3 win.
Zambia’s next match is against China on Saturday, while Netherlands will lock horns with Brazil in a heavyweight Group F encounter on the same day.
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