Margao: Substitute Musakanya Bruce Bwalya scored a hat-trick as Zambia gave India a footballing lesson, thrashing the hosts 5-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday.
India found the Zambians too hot to handle as the visitors, who led 1-0 at half time, pumped in five goals through Mulilo Jimmy Chisamba (14th), Sitali Joseph Mushumba (55th) and Bwalya (69th, 72nd, 90th).
The African team's pace, power and silken touch mesmerised the Indians, as the visitors moved the ball with short passes and held possession throughout the match.
The hosts were forced on to the backfoot with their midfield falling down as the Zambians raided the rival goal with ease.
After initial resistance, Zambia opened their account in the 14th minute.
A quick move on the right saw Chisamba with the ball outside the box. Chisamba dribbled past defender Syed Rahim Nabi and made inroads into the box taking defender Gouramangi Singh in his stride before unleashing an angular drive to find the back of the net.
India resorted to long passes to break the rival defense and had two chances to find the equaliser but a Sushil Singh header off a flag kick taken by Steven Dias from the right was saved by defender Sitali Joseph Mushumba in the 18th minute.
Later in the 42nd minute, Dias drove the ball over from inside the box off a back pass from Mahesh Gawli.