Goals galore as Dutch rout Zambian upstarts 10-3 in women’s football 

RIFU, MIYAGI, JAPAN - JULY 21: Victoria Pelova #13 of Team Netherlands celebrates with teammate Renate Jansen #19 after scoring their side's tenth goal during the Women's First Round Group F match between Zambia and Netherlands during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Miyagi Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Rifu, Miyagi, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)
RIFU, MIYAGI, JAPAN - JULY 21: Victoria Pelova #13 of Team Netherlands celebrates with teammate Renate Jansen #19 after scoring their side's tenth goal during the Women's First Round Group F match between Zambia and Netherlands during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Miyagi Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Rifu, Miyagi, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

Vivianne Miedema hit four at Miyagi Stadium as the Netherlands - runners-up at the 2019 Women's World Cup in France - hammered African side Zambia 10-3 in the Group F opener of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

The Group F opener between European powers the Netherlands and Zambia proved to be a barnstormer on 21 July at Miyagi Stadium as Zambia’s Barbra Banda scored a hat-trick for the losing side – while the Dutch scored no fewer than ten goals in an astonishing 10-3 rout.

Vivianne Miedema hit the net four times for the Dutch, shooting her to the top of the scoring charts for the Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) Women’s Football tournament after the first matchday.

The Arsenal striker is the all-time leading scorer in the Women’s Super League, as well as the top-scorer in Dutch history. Her goals came in the ninth, 15th, 29th and 59th minutes of a game that simply oozed all-out attack.

Lieke Martens added two more for the Netherlands, who finished second to the United States in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. The Tokyo Games are the Netherlands' first trip to the Olympic Games for women’s football.

Barbra Banda – Zambia’s top player – scored all three goals for her side, the lowest ranked team in the field at No. 104 in the world rankings. The Zambians are also Olympic debutants.

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Next up for the Dutch is a date with Brazil – who hammered China in their opener – at Miyagi Stadium on 24 July. The Zambians will hope to rebound against the Chinese on the same day and in the same stadium.

RIFU, MIYAGI, JAPAN - JULY 21: Lineth Beerensteyn #18 of Team Netherlands scores their side's ninth goal past Hazel Nali #16 of Team Zambia during the Women's First Round Group F match between Zambia and Netherlands during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Miyagi Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Rifu, Miyagi, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)
RIFU, MIYAGI, JAPAN - JULY 21: Lineth Beerensteyn #18 of Team Netherlands scores their side's ninth goal past Hazel Nali #16 of Team Zambia during the Women's First Round Group F match between Zambia and Netherlands during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Miyagi Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Rifu, Miyagi, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)
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