Democratic Republic of Congo were held to a 2-2 draw by Burundi at Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa on Sunday, but the result was still enough to see them progress to the next phase of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
The Leopards, who won the first leg I Bujumbura 3-2 on Thursday, twice took the lead in the return match to ensure they were always in control, though the Swallows deserved credit for their fighting spirit. In the end, DRC advanced 5-4 on aggregate.
The hosts opened the scoring 17 minutes in when Jordan Nkololo netted, but an own goal from Dieumerci Mbokani just over 10 minutes later left the score at 1-1 heading into the interval.
The score remained unchanged for most of the second stanza until the Leopards moved ahead through a penalty from Yannick Bolasie in the 78th minute.
However, in injury time, Burundi levelled the match at 2-2 with a penalty of their own, converted by Fiston Abdul Razak.
DRC will join 19 other teams in the draw for the third and final phase of qualifying for Russia 2018.