Italy came through their group stages in 2nd spot but still managed to qualify after securing 4 points from the opening stage. Their games were entertaining with 7 goals in the 3 games. While they lost 1-0 to Uruguay; they drew 2-2 with Japan and beat South Africa by a score of 2-0. They played an exciting game ousting France by a score of 2-1 in the first knockout stage. Overall; they have shown they have the ability to score and find the back of the net. Riccardo Orsolini leads the way for Italy knocking down 3 goals for the team so far while Giuseppe Panico managed to hit 2 goals. They have shown to be vulnerable at the back conceding 3 goals in their last 3 games.
Zambia have been one of the surprise packages of the tournament; topping their group by winning the first 2 games beating Portugal 2-1 and Iran 4-2 before being relaxed in their last game losing 1-0 to Costa Rica. They then got their shooting boots back on as they played an exciting 3-3 game against Germany before stealing it in Extra time by a score of 4-3. Their attacking instinct has been extremely clear to see netting 10 goals in 4 games in the tournament so far. Fashion Sakala has been the leader of the scoring pack with 3 goals so far while Emmanuel Banda and Enock Mwepu knocked down another 2 goals each.
This game should be an entertaining one as both teams will be looking for the early lead in order to push their teams case to move to the quarter finals, which should see the other team look to push for the equalizer and potentially concede on the counter. Over 2 Asian Goal Line in this encounter between Italy and Zambia.