FULL TIME: Congo 2-4 DR Congo

  • FULL TIME! DR CONGO HEAD INTO THE AFCON SEMI FINALS! Kidiaba is celebrating once again, with the Leopards’ bench emptying at the final whistle! Goals from Mbokani, Bokila and Kimwaki were enough to overturn a 2-0 lead given to Congo through Dore and Bifouma. A late comeback to go down in history! That’s all we have time for from Bata.
  • 90′ + 3′
    D. Malonga fires wide! The substitute is able to take a good touch beyond Kidiaba, but the ball is at too wide of an angle for the Congo forward to apply a finish! There was a man on the line anyhow.
  • 90′ + 2′
    That should be that, with the DR Congo bench absolutely ecstatic now! Congo have fallen away after their second goal, with Le Roy’s side looking fatigued and ready to head back to their dressing room.
  • 90′
    Goal Mbokani
    GOOOOOOOAL! MBOKANI WRAPS UP THE WIN! The former Anderlecht striker bustles his way through the opposition defence, before placing a finish straight at Mafoumbi! The rebound is kind, however, with the DR Congo man poking home the rebound!
  • 90′
    There are four minutes of stoppage time.
  • 89′
    SubstitutionCedrick MakiadiNelson Omba Munganga
  • 88′
    DR Congo are happy to run down the clock wherever possible now. Kimwaki shoots from 30 yards out, but the substitute can only zip a poor effort straight at the goalkeeper.
  • 86′
    Moments after Bolasie could have put the match to bed, Ondama sees a deflected effort loop across the face of goal! We’re into the dying embers of this game and Congo are desperately pushing on.
  • 85′
    Ondama is thrown into the fray for the remaining five minutes for Congo, with the substitute having previously found an important late goal in this tournament. It’s DR Congo who are threatening on the break, however, with Bolasie firing an effort straight at Mafoumbi!
  • 84′
    SubstitutionArnold Bouka MoutouFabrice Nguessi Ondama
  • 84′
    SubstitutionFrancis LitsinguCésaire Gandzé
  • 84′
    Yellow Card Delvin Ndinga
  • 83′
    The first half was absolutely awful, but this second half has been brilliant! Oniangue is set a square ball by D. Malonga, but the Congo captain can’t find a good first touch to tee himself up! This has been hectic indeed!
  • 81′
    Assist Neeskens Kebano
  • 81′
    Goal Joel Kimwaki
  • 81′
    GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! KIMWAKI MAKES IT 3-2! KIDIABA DOES HIS CELEBRATION! The substitute manages to flick a dangerous free-kick delivery into the bottom corner and DR Congo are now ahead against their rivals!
  • 79′
    At this point in proceedings, Congo just might take extra time! Litsingi whips a back-post cross towards D. Malonga, but the substitute can only loop a poor header over the bar!
  • 77′
    Congo have completely imploded, with DR Congo now looking likely to grab a winner! Le Roy needs to steady his ship, with red shirts all over the place. Their shape has disappeared and Bokila and Bolasie are running amok.
  • 75′
    SubstitutionFérébory DoreD. Malonga
  • 75′
    Assist Cedrick Makiadi
  • 75′
    Goal Loteteka Bokila
    GOOOOOOOOOOAL! BOKILA CONVERTS AT THE SECOND ATTEMPT! After being denied by a good save from Mafoumbi, possession is kept alive by DR Congo! The striker keeps his nerve to fire a finish into the top right-hand corner with some aid from the gloves of the goalkeeper!
  • 74′
    Dore goes down for Congo, with the physios and the stretcher required for the big striker. D. Malonga is the man being readied for Le Roy’s men, with it appearing to be cramp that the goalscorer is suffering from. A substitution will be made regardless.
  • 72′
    Bokila heads wide again! Bolasie breaks down the right with some wonderful footwork, but his near-post cross can’t be turned towards the target! It was tough for the DR Congo striker to meet, but one of these chances need to be taken.
  • 71′
    Ndinga finds Bifouma racing down the right channel with a free-kick delivery, but Congo are happy to keep possession rather than search for a third goal. They need to settle things down and discourage DR Congo momentum.
  • 69′
    Suddenly, a comeback looks rather likely in Bata. DR Congo have been arguably the better side in terms of creating chances, while Congo were opportunistic. Around 20 minutes are left for the Leopards to work their way towards parity. Mbokani and Bolasie will be key.
  • 67′
    SubstitutionCedricNeeskens Kebano
  • 67′
    WHAT A MISS FROM BOKILA! Mbokani uses his physical presence to cause problems, with a square header bobbling loose in the penalty box! The DR Congo striker steams in at the back post, before skewing a low drive inches wide of the upright! So close! Congo then go close, with Dore failing to make contact with a great delivery from the right!
  • 65′
    Assist Yannick Bolasie
  • 65′
    Goal Mbokani
    GOOOOOOOOOAL! MBOKANI MAKES IT 2-1! Bolasie drives down the left-hand side, before cutting back a great ball from the byline. The former Anderlecht striker is left to stroke home a simple finish from a few yards out! Game on!
  • 64′
    DR Congo are looking to be on their way out of this competition, with their small neighbours having a two-goal lead to throw away. Bokila’s earlier miss is looking very, very costly now.
  • 62′
    Goal Thievy Bifoum
    GOOOOOOOOOOAL! BIFOUMA MAKES IT 2-0! Awful defending from DR Congo! Kasusula gives the ball away cheaply, forcing his goalkeeper to make a save from Dore! The rebound falls to the Almeria striker, who blasts into the back of the net through Kasusula on the line!
  • 61′
    Less than half an hour remains for DR Congo to drag themselves back into this game by restoring parity. Le Roy’s men are holding on and looking fairly comfortable at the minute, with Bifouma able to provide an outlet on the break.
  • 59′
    Madness in the Congo penalty area! A free kick is thundered towards goal by Makiadi, with Mafoumbi only able to parry the ball back out into the box! After pinball, the Diables Rouges manage to hack a hurried clearance away!
  • 58′
    DR Congo win themselves a free-kick opportunity around 30 yards from goal, with Makiadi looking as though he wants to try his luck. They deserve a chance to get back into this contest.
  • 56′
    The referee turns down a penalty appeal from DR Congo once again! Bolasie breaks into the box before going down under a physical challenge from Marvin! He appears to charge the Crystal Palace man in the back, but instead the official penalises the attacker! Crazy decision.
  • 55′
    Assist Delvin Ndinga
  • 55′
    Goal Férébory Dore
    GOOOOOOOOAL! DORE OPENS THE SCORING FOR CONGO! Ndinga floats in a free-kick delivery, before the physical striker stabs home a poacher’s effort from five yards out! That was a nice finish, with Kidiaba unable to come and claim the cross!
  • 53′
    BOKILA STRIKES THE UNDERSIDE OF THE CROSSBAR! The DR Congo forward receives a headed pass from Mbokani, before thundering a brilliant effort onto the woodwork! Mafoumbi has absolutely no chance, but the ball cannons off the bar and bounces clear of the danger zone! The first goal is proving elusive.
  • 52′
    The resulting free kick is cleared with consummate ease, before Congo attempt to break. Issama comes across well to stave off the opposition, before Kidiaba is forced into action moments later to kick away a dangerous loose ball.
  • 50′
    SubstitutionGabriel ZakuaniJoel Kimwaki
  • 50′
    Kimwake is the man chosen to replace Zakuani, with the Peterborough defender looking desperately unhappy at being unable to continue. Moments later, Makiadi collides with an opponent in the centre of the park and the physios are needed once again.
  • 48′
    Good work from Bolasie! The winger drives down the left, before dropping a shoulder and carving out enough space to deliver a cross. It floats across the six-yard line with Bokila unable to make contact. Zakuani goes down injured again, still feeling the effects of his first-half knock – he’ll be replaced.
  • 47′
    Almost straight from kick off, Bokila manages to break into the penalty area and gets the wrong side of his man! He appears to have his legs clipped together, due to an accidental coming together, but the referee doesn’t award a penalty.
  • 46′
    We are back underway in the second half! No goals were forthcoming in the first half, but there is plenty of time left for a decisive opener! If things stay as they are, we’ll be heading into extra time, however.
  • HALF TIME! It has been a drab and dreary affair thus far, with Congo and DR Congo heading into their respective dressing rooms without a goal between them. There have been a few half chances in the latter stages of the first half, but this contest needs a catalyst! Rejoin us in ten minutes to see who can muster up a goal to progress.
  • 45′
    There’s one minute of stoppage time. Zakuani is helped off the field after taking a knock.
  • 44′
    Litsingi forces a save from Kidiaba! The wide man tries to pull back a cross, but instead it takes a deflection off Kasusula and rebounds into the arms of the goalkeeper! DR Congo break upfield themselves, before Bokila sends a wickedly swerving effort just wide.
  • 42′
    Just over from Dore! The physical striker blasts an absolute thunderbolt into the stands, with Kidiaba happy to let it pass beyond his crossbar without any help. That was really travelling, it might have made a hole in the net had it gone in!
  • 41′
    Yellow Card Cedrick Makiadi
  • 41′
    Makiadi picks up the first yellow card of the game, with the Werder Bremen midfielder sliding in cynically to stop Bifouma from breaking into the penalty area. Probably a wise decision from the DR Congo man, but he’ll have to watch his step now.
  • 39′
    DR Congo earn themselves a free kick around 25 yards from goal, but Kasusula fires a left-footed attempt horrendously high and wide of the target. That was utterly abysmal.
  • 37′
    Less than ten minutes remain in the first half, with Congo continuing to look very reserved in their support of Bifouma. A long throw from Diables Rouges is cleared upfield, with Makiadi breaking down the right, but the DR Congo midfielder is stopped by a great sliding tackle.
  • 35′
    Bokila fires a tame effort straight at the goalkeeper! Bolasie breaks down the left before delivering a teasing cross, but the DR Congo striker can only sweep a trickling attempt into the path of the goalkeeper at the near post! That really deserved better.
  • 33′
    Bokila is nearly found by another long ball forward, but Babele is able to shepherd it back to Mafoumbi. Stout defending has been the only impressive part of this game thus far, with both back fours so deep that it’s hard to get them turned at all.
  • 31′
    The opening half an hour has been incredibly frustrating for both sides, with no end product showing itself. Congo win themselves a corner, but Makiadi heads clear at the near post simply. Hopefully this contest will becoming a little less rigid in the second half.
  • 29′
    Direct football continues to be the chosen plan of action for both sides, with midfield being almost entirely bypassed. Mabwati and Bolasie need to see more of the ball out wide for DR Congo, while Bifouma has barely touched the ball for Congo.
  • 27′
    Bokila and Mbokani attempt to combine at the edge of the penalty area, but yet another clearance halts DR Congo’s latest attack in its tracks. This game has been fairly open, but there’s a distinct lack of offensive quality or end product. This space needs to be capitalised upon.
  • 25′
    Bolasie streaks down the left-hand side after DR Congo clear their lines from a corner, but the Crystal Palace man sees an eventual cross blocked. Mbokani really hasn’t had great service thus far. This has been an incredibly scrappy start.
  • 23′
    Neither defence is taking any chances at the moment, with aimless clearances downfield an obvious theme of the match thus far. Possession is being exchanged freely, with Congo really needing to get hold of the ball so that they can settle into this contest. Moutou sees a powerful effort blocked brilliantly by Zakuani.
  • 21′
    Mabwati manages to hang a cross up to the back post, but Litsingi takes no chances and puts the ball behind for a corner. It is taken short and then swung into the box, but fails to beat the first men rather disappointingly. DR Congo are starting to have some joy in wide areas.
  • 19′
    Kidiaba tries to release Bokila with a very quick kick from his hands, but Babele keeps stride with his man and puts the ball into touch. DR Congo continue to look the more threatening of the two sides, but Mafoumbi really hasn’t had to do all too much.
  • 17′
    The atmosphere is matching the action on the field at the moment: decidedly drab! Both outfits are prepared to sit deep and absorb pressure, before trying to find their star strikers. Bolasie is yet to have too much influence from his wide position.
  • 15′
    Big chance for DR Congo! Bokila drops off his man in anticipation of Mabwati cutting back a cross from the byline, but can only turn a tame effort towards the near post! He strikes it first time, but Mafoumbi predicts exactly where his opponent is going to place his attempt!
  • 13′
    DR Congo manage to win themselves a corner, but the referee is forced to have a word with around five players who were attempting to impede the goalkeeper. Mbokani and then Mbemba both fail to turn the ball goalwards with powerful headers!
  • 11′
    Bifouma tries to cut a cross back from the right byline, but Mbemba intercepts and bursts upfield before being fouled. This game has been very slow paced, with no clear cut chances for either side as of yet.
  • 9′
    JUST OVER FROM BOLASIE! The Crystal Palace winger cuts inside from the left flank, before dipping a powerful effort just over the crossbar! Mafoumbi is fortunate to see the ball flash above the target, as he hadn’t anticipated the movement of the shot whatsoever!
  • 7′
    DR Congo have seen more of the ball in the opening stages, but have thus far been unable to do anything with it. Mbokani is released down the left-hand side, but Babele covers in behind his central defensive partner to dispossess the opposition striker.
  • 5′
    The opening stages are fairly cagey, which can be expected with such high reward at stake this afternoon. Mbokani tries to race down the right-hand side and into the box, but is marshalled back out towards his own goal.
  • 3′
    Mbokani heads wide! The Dynamo Kyiv striker can only turn an effort beyond the far post, following a free-kick delivery towards the back post. Mafoumbi had his angles easily covered and was content to watch the ball behind.
  • 2′
    DR Congo are in their usual white and pale blue, while Diables Rouges are predictably in all red. There isn’t much of an attendance for this one, with the stadium sparsely populated by spectators. Plenty of empty seats, despite the occasion! Moutou blasts way over the crossbar from 25 yards out.
  • 1′
    We are underway in the first half in Bata! A semi-final place is at stake for these two rivals, with Congo in particular aiming for their first appearance at such a late stage of the competition since 1998. Le Roy has been in similar positions before, however!
  • DR Congo substitutes: Oualembo, Munganga, Mulumbu, Kage, Kebano, Mabele, Kabananga, Kimwaki, Kudimbana, Mabidi, Mubele, Mandanda.
  • DR Congo starting line-up (4-4-2): Kidiaba; Issama, Mongongu, Zakuani, Kasusula; Mabwati, Mbemba, Makiadi, Bolasie; Mbokani, Bokila.
  • Congo substitutes: F. N’Ganga, I. N’Ganga, Ganvoula, Ondama, Gandze, Douniama, Massa, C. Malonga, D. Malonga, Binguila, Ndzila, Mavoungou.
  • Congo starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Mafoumbi; Ngounga, Babele, Marvin, Bissiki; Oniangue, Ndinga; Bifouma, Litsingi, Bouka Moutou; Dore.
  • TEAM NEWS: Gabriel Zakuani comes in at centre-half for DR Congo, partnering the ever-present Cedric Mongongu. Cedric Makiadi slots into midfield alongside Chancel Mbemba due to captain Youssouf Mulumbu’s thigh injury. The West Bromwich Albion midfielder is fit enough only for the bench. Yannick Bolasie is given a role on the left-hand side in a 4-4-2, with Dieumerci Mbokani and Jeremy Bokila up top.
  • TEAM NEWS: Thievy Bifouma leads the line for Congo once again, with the Almeria striker providing the only obvious outlet of creativity and raw pace. Dore partners him, adding some height and power to the forward line. Magnokele continues in defence for Le Roy’s side, while Litsingi is gifted only his second appearance of the competition.