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Leopards ensure Group A goes to the final round

by Graeme Jackson

Sat October 07, 21:17

DR Congo defeated Libya 2-1 at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in Monastir on Saturday evening to ensure their 2018 World Cup qualifying pool will not be decided until the final round.

The victory sees the Leopards remain three points behind Group A leaders Tunisia, who beat Guinea in Conakry in a simultaneous match to stay on course to qualify for Russia 2018.

In the final round next month, DRC will need to beat Guinea and hope that Tunisia lose at home to Libya in order to leapfrog into first place and advance into the tournament finals.

After a goalless first half in Monastir, DRC claimed the lead in the 50th minute through Cedric Bakambu, who beat goalkeeper Ahmed Azzaqa to make it 1-0.

However, the Mediterranean Knights struck back in the 69th minute to make it 1-1, with Al Motasim Al Musrati’s goal giving Tunisia hope that they could seal qualification with a game to spare.

However, the Leopards reclaimed the lead and ensured the group will only be decided in the final round when Ndombe Mubele struck home in the 75th minute to seal a 2-1 away win.

Libya (0) 1 (Al Musrati 69’)
DR Congo (0) 2 (Bakambu 50’, Mubele 75’)

Libya: A. Azzaqa, A. Alzawi (M. Ghanudi 74’), M. Abboud, B. Ahmed, T. Al Gamal, A. Almaghassi, M. Ayad, H. Elhouni, M. Ellafi, A. Mohamed, M. Sabbou (M. Madeen 55’ [S. Shafshuf 87’])

DRC: L. Matampi, C. Bakambu (C. Luyindama 83’), J. Bokata (J. Kabanga 64’), D. Mpeko, N. Kebano (J. Bolingi 72’), L. Mabidi, C. Mbemba, W. Moke, N. Mubele, G. Ngonda, M. Tisserand

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