MATCH CENTRE

SAT 11 OCTOBER 2014, 16:30, KINSHASA

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Elephants trample Leopards in Kinshasa

by Bertin Basson

Sat October 11, 20:42

Ivory Coast held on to secure a 2-1 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in a 2015 African Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa on Saturday.


The win moves the Elephants up to second spot in Group D behind Cameroon who were held to goalless draw in Sierra Leone.


Herve Renard's men suffered a surprising 4-1 defeat in Yaoundé last month and were eager on returning to winning ways and did so thanks to goals from Wilfried Bony and Max Gradel who struck the winner seven minutes from time.



Cedric Mongungu scored for the hosts.



Bony opened the scoring for the visitors in the 23rd minute, finishing off from Serge Aurier's cross, six minutes after failing to convert from the penalty spot after Yaya Toure was brought down inside the area.


The hosts pushed forward towards the end of the opening stanza, but were unable to find a way past a inspired Boubacar Barry.


The Leopards finally gave their supporters something to cheer about in the 71st minute, Mongungu finishing off from the spot.


Gradel secured all three points for the Elephants in the 83rd minute with a right-footed finish.


Ivory Coast next welcome the Leopards in Abidjan on Wednesday

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
DR CONGO COTE D'IVOIRE
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
0
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
13
Defender
0
Defender
4
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
17
12
Midfielder
0
Defender
5
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
15
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
12
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