Wednesday’s action-packed encounter made it the highest-scoring game in women’s Olympic football since it made its debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Arsenal striker Vivian Miedema stole the show by scoring four times in a Group F encounter at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu before being replaced in the second half.
Many players from the Netherlands make their trade at the top of women’s football and their quality and experience was immense for Zambia.
However, despite being on the receiving end of an emphatic defeat, the Zambian players kept up the effort and scored twice in the final 10 minutes.
Zambia had reason to celebrate as captain Barbara Banda scored her country’s first women’s goal at the Olympics.
The 21-year-old striker scored a memorable hat-trick, becoming the first female African to score three goals in one game.
Next Saturday the Netherlands will face Brazil, which began their campaign on Wednesday with a comprehensive 5-0 win over China.