Dangerous Zambia shocked Uruguay 2-0 in Victoria on Saturday to claim second place in Group B on four points and a spot in the second round of Canada 2007. Despite their second lacklustre performance on the trot, Uruguay will also advance as one of the best third-place teams.
The Copper Bullets opened the scoring in the 19th minute from a penalty after Uruguay goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea's clearance came back off of Emmanuel Mayuka, and the netminder was forced to haul him down. With the starting keeper sent off in tears, Zambia's Clifford Mulenga made no mistake by sending his replacement the wrong way from the spot. However, the teams were back to even numbers five minutes before half-time when Henry Nyambe was shown red for a bone-clattering challenge on Mauricio Prieto. Nonetheless, the sprightly Africans doubled their advantage six minutes on the other side of the break when Stophira Sunzu split the Uruguayan defence to find Mayuka, whose shot was saved only for Rodgers Kola to tap in the rebound.
It was a promising performance for the Zambians, who had previously taken a point from Jordan and lost to Spain. They will now face the second-place team from Group F, the loser of the later Nigeria-Japan match, in Ottawa on 12 July. The Uruguayans limp into the Round of 16 needing to improve their form against the winner of either Group C or D to be determined by results later.