Ghana Football FULL TIME: Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo By sports5050 - 22.01.15 There’s a brief stoppage in play, as another player is stretched from the field, with Macedo the man who appears to be in a bit of discomfort. 90′ + 1′ We’re into the first of three minutes of stoppage time. 90′ DR Congo get a chance to whip a free kick in from the left-hand side, but the ball is sent sailing directly out of play – rather disappointingly. Another through ball nearly bobbles through to Heldon, but Mongongu makes the interception. 88′ BIG SAVE FROM KIDIABA! The veteran goalkeeper makes another fantastic intervention to keep the scores level! He isn’t fooled by some fancy footwork from Heldon, with the Cape Verde striker denied by a smart save indeed! 87′ We’re into the dying stages now, with this contest incredibly finely balanced. Neither side have been able to string any passages of play together during the last 20 minutes, with any big chances coming from set pieces. 86′ SubstitutionLema MabidiN. Mubele 85′ OFF THE LINE! Good goalkeeping from Kidiaba and then a vital last-ditch clearance saves DR Congo! The Cape Verde players can’t believe it! A corner is whipped into the back post, with Platini denied by a good stop! That’s as close as we’ve come! 83′ Platini drives down the left-hand side, but is faced up and robbed of the ball by Issama! Both teams are leaving plenty of defenders back in the hope of at least keeping a clean sheet. Dias isn’t even in a rush to take his goal kicks. 81′ Ten minutes are left for a breakthrough goal, which would surely place the more daring side in a brilliant position for progression into the knock-out stages. DR Congo loop a long ball into the box, but Gege hooks away. 79′ SubstitutionJulio TavaresPlatini 79′ Cape Verde opt to make another change, with Julio Tavares replaced by Luis Carlos Soares, as Aguas looks to make a difference in the final ten minutes with his substitutions. 77′ This is an incredibly cagey match now. As we head into the dying stages, both sides are very conscious of conceding the first goal, as defeat would ultimately dump them out of the competition, barring a big final match win over their next opponent. 75′ Kidiaba has to be quick off his line to deny Odair Fortes, with the forward racing towards a speculative through ball. DR Congo break upfield, but a cross from the left is just about dealt with despite Dias looking nervy once again. 73′ Mbokani does his best to connect with a Mabwati cross from the right-hand side, but can only loop a terrible effort over the crossbar! DR Congo are looking the more likely to break the deadlock at the minute. 71′ SubstitutionRyan MendesOdaïr Fortes 71′ Good work from Mbokani! The striker holds the ball up well, before setting it back to the onrushing Omba, who blasts a first-time effort high and wide! DR Congo need to keep finding the feet of the Dynamo Kiev man. 69′ Narrowly over 20 minutes remains, with the atmosphere reflecting what is happening on the pitch. Subdued is definitely the word. This group has been notorious for games of fine margins and this evening looks no different. 67′ Offensive quality is most definite thin on the ground this evening. No substitutes have had much of a say in proceedings quite yet, with even Bolasie failing to impress after having a storming opening game. Zambia might just get the result they desire from this one. 65′ Kilichio falls heavily and requires a spot of treatment, but the DR Congo defender is quickly back to his feet on the sideline and ready to continue. After a strong start from their opponents, Cape Verde are creeping back into this one, Aguas will hope that Heldon can have a positive effect. 63′ SubstitutionYannick BolasieLoteteka Bokila 63′ Kidiaba comes out to claim a cross ahead of Mongongu, with DR Congo now opting to make a change. Bolasie is withdrawn, after a very disappointing outing, with Bokila replacing him. Cape Verde break next, however, with Julio Tavares forcing a save from the goalkeeper. 61′ Less than half an hour remains for either side to grab a much-needed three points, which would put the winner in a very strong position regarding qualification. As it stands, Tunisia are top on four points, with Zambia still stuck on merely one. 59′ SubstitutionKucaHéldon Ramos 59′ A corner is floated in from the right-hand side by Heldon, who has just taken to the field, but the substitute curls the ball straight onto the roof of the net. Not the best introduction. 57′ Mbemba tries to open up some space for a shot 25 yards from goal, but is promptly robbed of possession. Mbokani then drifts out to the left-hand side, but continues to be frustrated. Bolasie is playing much more central this evening. Dias is then forced to punch a cross away from the left flank. 55′ Cape Verde are really struggling to find the tempo and momentum they maintained in the first half, with Bolasie now having an opportunity for DR Congo. This is really a game of two halves, that’s for sure! 53′ Mabwati goes close! The Osasuna man picks up the ball on the left, before dancing inside and rocketing an effort into the side netting! The goalkeeper was worried there! 52′ Mendes is stopped in his tracks by Issama on the left flank, with the DR Congo defender hoofing the ball into touch and forcing Cape Verde to alter their plans. Ibenge’s men are looking much improved from the half-time break, their coach must have had some fiery words. 50′ Cape Verde struggle to clear their lines for a minute, with both Mabwati and Bolasie failing to deliver anything in the way of end product from the periphery of the box. DR Congo have been positive from the start, however, looking for direct balls into their pacey attacking options. 48′ Mbemba fires wide! The Anderlecht man takes aim with his right foot from 25 yards out, but can only guide the ball some way beyond the far upright! 46′ We are back underway in the second half in Ebebiyin! Neither side could grab a goal in the opening 45 minutes, but there’s plenty more football to be played yet! Group B remains wide open! HALF TIME! The two sides go in without a goal between them at the break, in what has been a competitive first half without anything in the way of end product. Cape Verde have seen more of the ball and threatened from set pieces, with DR Congo breaking dangerously, but neither team have the cutting edge required to break the deadlock. Be sure to return in ten minutes for all of the second-half action. 45′ + 1′ Bolasie can’t quite convert! The Crystal Palace goes on a good run and cuts inside, but his eventual effort is too close to Dias, who smothers with relative ease! DR Congo need to keep testing this goalkeeper. 45′ There are two minutes of stoppage time in light of Mulumbu’s injury. 44′ Good defending from Mpela! After Kuca breaks down the right and centres a cross, the TP Mazembe man is on hand at the back post to make an acrobatic clearance to deny Mendes! 43′ Ryan Mendes goes down holding his head after clashing during an aerial duel, but the Lille man will be okay to continue. Only a few minutes remain for either side to take a lead ahead of half time! 41′ Wide from Julio Tavares with the aid of a deflection! A corner is teasingly floated towards the far post once again, with the Cape Verde forward only able to strike a defensive body. Macedo delivers the second, but DR Congo get it away at the near post! 40′ Good defending from Kilichio! The DR Congo man steams in at the back post to head a dangerous cross behind for another corner, as Cape Verde continue to pile on the pressure. 38′ Varela now has half a chance! The defender is also found by a back-post cross, but rather risky goalkeeping from Kidiaba spooks the Cape Verde man, meaning that he doesn’t make contact with the delivery. This game certainly isn’t full of textbook goalkeeping, that’s for sure. 36′ Kuca goes close! The Estoril forward breaks down the left, before dancing into the box and unleashing a right-footed effort! The Cape Verde number nine is denied by a last-ditch block! 35′ There are ten minutes remaining until the half-time interval, with Cape Verde presumably keen to see some fruits for their strong start to this contest. One thing which they might be missing, however, is striker Heldon Ramos, who was arguably their best performer last time out. 33′ Dias shows some nerves, flapping at a couple more corner deliveries, with it clear where DR Congo can hurt their opposition. If their balls into the box are teasing, the Cape Verde goalkeeper could be at fault for some rather eccentric and unorthodox work. 31′ Big chance for Cape Verde! A cross is clipped in towards the back post brilliantly, but a great opportunity to net the opener leads to a powerful header heading straight for Kidiaba’s clutches. 30′ The opening half hour has looked very promising for Cape Verde, as they retain possession and control proceedings. A cross from deep is flighted into the box in search of Julio Tavares, but a good defensive header denies the forward. 28′ Kidiaba is forced to scramble over to his left post, after another shot from range from Cape Verde, with Rocha letting fly this time. The DR Congo goalkeeper has had much more to do, but Aguas’ men are lacking a final ball or end product. 26′ Mendes breaks down the right-hand side once again, before cutting back a cross, but it is intercepted at the near post and DR Congo break. Bolasie streaks down the left flank at a tremendous pace, but can’t create an opportunity for his side. 25′ Mbokani and Bolasie continue to have a minimal effect on this match, as DR Congo try to spark some intensity despite losing Mulumbu. Cape Verde have asked all of the questions, with Kuca causing a few problems while milling around the edge of the box. 23′ SubstitutionYoussouf MulumbuNelson Omba Munganga 23′ The poor challenges keep flowing, as Cape Verde try to stamp their authority in this game. Mulumbu is replaced by Omba, with the DR Congo captain strapping himself up on the bench immediately. Ibenge will hope that his anchorman won’t be out for too long. 21′ There’s a short stoppage in play, as Mulumbu requires some treatment on the field of play. The West Bromwich Albion midfielder has already been in the wars this evening and is transferred onto a stretcher immediately. First signs aren’t good for the DR Congo captain! 19′ DR Congo have a couple of set pieces in quick succession, but some nervy goalkeeping from Dias is just enough to allow the Cape Verde shot-stopper to command his area. This hasn’t been a very good start from Ibenge’s men, who were slow out of the traps against Zambia too. 17′ Mendes drives down the right-hand side before clipping back a cross from the byline, but it loops safely away from the danger zone with Kidiaba flapping. Cape Verde continue to look on top, with Bolasie yet to get into the game. 16′ Ianique Tavares brings down Mbokani this time, with the DR Congo number nine being given some rather rough treatment from his opponents. Mulumbu took a knock moments ago too, with Aguas’ side certainly out to ruffle some feathers. 14′ Mabwati tries to clip a cross in towards Mbokani at the back post, but the Osasuna attacking midfielder’s pass is too heavily weighted. DR Congo are threatening on the break, but Cape Verde look much more in control while in possession, despite Kuca losing possession needlessly on a couple of occasions. 12′ Macedo forces a save from Kidiaba! The free kick is taken short by Kuca, finding his captain on the edge of the box, but the first-time strike is placed too close to the goalkeeper! Cape Verde continue to threaten. 11′ Cape Verde earn another free kick on the edge of the penalty area, due to a push from an opposition defender on Kuca. Aguas’ men are really pushing forward and looking to find this game’s opening goal. 9′ Mabwati heads wide! The DR Congo man is picked out at the back post by a cross, but can only send a glancing header beyond the far upright! Close from the man drafted in for his first start of the tournament. 8′ Kuca earns his side a free kick 30 yards from goal, allowing Cape Verde to push men forward into the box. It’s close from Macedo, with the captain’s effort dipping over the top-right corner with Kidiaba at full stretch! 6′ Nervy moment for Dias! The Cape Verde goalkeeper is nearly caught out by a defensive header cushioned back in his direction. The Progresso Sambizanga shot-stopper has to scamper back to his line to spare his own embarrassment. 5′ Cynical tackles continue to be the order of the evening, but the referee is keen to keep his yellow cards in his pocket for the time being. Mendes spreads play to the right-hand side well, before the chance is wasted by J. Tavares opting to shoot rather than cross. 3′ Macedo is felled by a late challenge early on, with Cape Verde attempting to keep the ball. DR Congo do manage to break through Mbokani, however, but a cynical tackle from Ryan Mendes stops the Dynamo Kiev man in his tracks. Scrappy thus far. 1′ We are underway in the first half at Ebebiyin! Congo are wearing their customary white and pale blue, while Cape Verde don all dark blue. This could be a key game for shaping Group B! Both teams are out on the field of play and the national anthems are underway! We’re close to kick off now! DR Congo substitutes: Oualembo, Omba, Makiadi, Kage, Kebano, Bawaka, Kalonji, Zakuani, Kudimbana, Bokila, Ndombe, Mandanda. DR Congo starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Kidiaba; Issama, Mongongu, Mpela, Kilichio; Mulumbu, Mbemba; Mabidi, Mabwati, Bolasie; Mbokani. Cape Verde substitutes: Graca, Semedo, Fortes, Monteiro, Ramos, Rodrigues, Sousa, Soares, Rosario, Santos, J. Semedo, J. Fortes. Cape Verde starting line-up (4-4-2): Dias; C. Tavares, Varela, I. Tavares, Barros; Miranda, Lima, Macedo, Nuno Rocha; Mendes, J. Tavares. TEAM NEWS: Jean Ibenge, meanwhile, keeps things rather consistent in terms of selection. Cedrick Mabwati gets a start after impressing from off the bench last time out, with Chikito Mabidi comes in after playing no part in the draw against Zambia. Yannick Bolasie, DR Congo’s dangerman, starts in a free role on the left-hand side. TEAM NEWS: Jose Aguas opts to make a few changes to his starting line-up, with Julio Tavares and Ryan Mendes brought in to inject some additional quality and pace. Despite netting his nation’s only goal of the previous game, Heldon Ramos takes a seat on the bench, with Jorge Semedo another man dropped.