Zambia made a flying start at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 with a deserved 2-1 win over two time former champions PORTUGAL to ensure that they collected maximum points in Group C.

Edward CHILUFYA pounced on a powerful ENOCK MWEPU rebound in the 50th minute to open the scores for the African champions.

Spartak Moscow striker FASHION SAKALA called on his predatory instincts to round up the Portugal backline marshalled by skipper RUBEN DIAS to rifle home a delightful shot that took the tally to 2-0.

Portugal got their consolation through HELDER late in added time after Zambia staved them off for most of the match.

ZAMBIA suffered a setback when top rated striker PATSON DAKA was withdrawn towards the end of the first half due to a knock on his mouth during a corner tuzzle and was replaced with EMMANUEL BANDA.

ZAMBIA will now face IRAN on Wednesday in their second Group C match. IRAN beat COSTA RICA by a goal to nil in the other group match.

Top two teams automatically qualify to the round of 16 while there will be places for three third best placed sides.

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