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AFCON 2015 Quarter-Finals: DR Congo blitz to semis in thrilling come-back

dr congo advanced to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after beating Brazzavile 4-2 on Saturday.

Florent Ibenge’s DR Congo side staged arguably one of the greatest come-backs in Africa Cup of Nations history after beating neighbours Congo Brazzavile 4-2 in a courageous display after trailing 2-0.

Congo XI: Mafoumbi, Bissiki, Babele, Moubihbo, Baudry, N’Dinga, Oniangue, Litsingi, Moutou, Dore, Thievy

DR Congo XI: Kidiaba, Issama, Mongongu, Zakuani, Kasusula, Mabwati, Makiadi, Mbemba, Bokila, Mbokani, Bolasie

First Half

The first half saw a rather dull encounter from the two Congo sides, with DR Congo having a handful of clear-cut chances, with the best one coming from Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie under the first 10 minutes.

DR Congo striker Jeremy Bokila also had a glaring chance just before the half-time whistle with a tame effort.

Second Half

The second half was in need of a serious boost from both coaches; Claude Le Roy and his Congo Brazzavile men were the first to respond after Delvin Ndinga’s delivery found Febebory Dore at the back post, who capitalized on DR Congo’s poor defending to hook his foot onto the incoming ball and into the net.

Congo Brazzavile doubled their lead just 8 minutes later after some more poor defending from DR Congo’s men saw Theivy Bifouma pouncing onto a rebound after Dore’s attempt was saved by DR Congo veteran Robert Kidiaba.

Whilst DR Congo’s defensive woes continued, Bolasie’s magic which has seen him light up the Premier League with Palace showed as he set up Dynamo Kiev’s Dermerci Mbokani to reduce the deficit.

Bokila equalised moments later after his liveliness throughout the game pulled off with a well-taken drive into the roof of the net.

Ibenge soon decided to unleash Joel Kimwaki from the bench after momentum shifted towards his teams side.

The substitution had an immediate effect after Kimwaki headed home from a glaring free-kick in the 82nd minute.

Congo Brazzavile soon started to tire and had no answer to DR Congo’s swift play on the wings. Mbokani put the icing on the cake for his side in the last few minutes of the game when he increased DR Congo’s tally to four goals to wrap up a famous win which will be remembered in AFCON history for years to come.

The jubilation was evident after the final whistle after DR Congo’s efforts saw them reach their first semi-final since 1998 in Burkina Faso, which saw them lose 2-1 to South Africa after a Benni McCarthy goal in extra time. The tournament was eventually won by Egypt.

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