Junior Kalonji of DR Congo challenged by Ghana Saiss of Morocco during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between DR Congo and Morocco at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 16 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Monday Jan 16, 2017. 22:20
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco from the Stade d'Oyem in Oyem.
Matampi; N'Sakala (Lomalisa 65'), Zakuani, Tisserand, Mpeko - Mubele, Mulumba, Bope, Mbemba, Kabananga (Maghoma 72') - Bakambu (Mbokani 77')
El Kajoui; Mendyl, Da Costa, Benatia, Dirar - El Kaddouri (En Nesyri 61'), Saiss (Fajr 73'), El Ahmadi, Boussoufa, Carcela (El Arabi 79')- Bouhaddouz
90+6' - Full-Time: DR Congo 1-0 Morocco
Six minutes added.
87' - Ley Matampi
with an excellent save to deny Youssef El-Arabi
at the far post.
81' - RED CARD! Joyce Lomalisa Mutambala
sent off following a second bookable offence - that makes things interesting.
Succession of chances for Morocco ends with Youssef En Nesyri
sending a powerful shot over the crossbar from an acute angle.
Hour played in Oyem and DR Congo hold a slender lead. Renard set to make the first change of the game with En Nesyri
55' - GOAL! Junior Kabananga
opens the scoring for the Leopards. A mistake by the Moroccan goalkeeper punished by the Astana striker who hammers home a left-footed finish.
Very scrappy start to the second half with both teams struggling to find any sort of rhythm.
Second-half is underway.
Half-Time: DR Congo 0-0 Morocco
Cagey passage of play with no threat on goal at either end of the park as the first half enters its final 10 minutes.
28' - Chancel Mbemba
finds himself way up field before unleashing a shot at goal - his attempt goes narrowly wide.
20' - Bouhaddouz
gets himself into a good position, but is unable to connect sufficiently with his back-heel attempt.
15' - Benatia and Mendyl
stand their ground impressively as the former clears from danger. Nothing to write home about since the early chance that fell the way of Boussoufa
Opening exchanges have belonged to Morocco with the North African nation unlucky not to be a goal ahead. Herve Renard's men have also dominated come set-piece time with a succession of corner-kicks.
DR Congo in blue and red attacking the goal to the right in the first-half of the clash, Morocco in predominantly green colours playing from right to left.
2' - POST! Mbark Boussoufa
so close to opening the scoring with the first chance of the match. Loose ball falls at the midfielder's feet, with his curling shot cannoning off the crossbar.