AFCON: DR Congo beat Guinea to enter semi-finals

DR Congo came from behind to beat Guinea 3-1 on Friday night, securing semi-finals spot in the 2023 African Cup Nations in Cote D’ivoire.

The Leopards of DR Congo are within two games of a first Africa Cup of Nations title since 1974 after a 3-1 win over Guinea.

Mohamed Bayo followed up his 98th minute winner against Equatorial Guinea with a well-taken penalty to open the scoring, but Chancel Mbemba levelled the scores soon after.

A Yoane Wissa spot-kick then gave the Leopards a second-half lead before Arthur Masuaku’s speculative free-kick secured the victory.

Fresh off their first win at this tournament, DR Congo now advance to face Nigeria in the semi-finals.

Having had an appeal waved away in the opening minutes, Guinea were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute when Mbemba brought down Bayo, who then converted from 12 yards with a suberb finish high into the Congolese net.

However, The Leopards levelled the scores on 27 minutes as Mbemba made up for his earlier error.

The centre-back could easily have been mistaken for a seasoned striker as he pounced on a loose ball and angled his effort into the roof of the net.

A cagey remainder of the half followed, and the subdued tone continued into the second-half until DR Congo brought on Silas Wamangituka in the 59th minute.

Silas reinvigorated the power of the DRC attack by making his impact felt just three minutes after his introduction, carrying the ball into the Guinean box and winning a penalty.

Wissa then did make a mistake with the penalty, smashing the ball confidently into the bottom-left corner for a 65th minute lead.

A set-piece of a less routine variety then put the game beyond doubt.

Standing over a free-kick on the left-flank, Masuaku took aim at Ibrahim Koné’s goal instead of the Congolese crowd in the middle and beat the Guinean keeper at his near post.

The Leopards now progress to face Nigeria in the semi-finals on the 7th February.

The Super Eagles had earlier beat Angola 1-0 thanks to Ademola Lookman strike, claiming a fourth consecutive clean sheet.


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