MATCH CENTRE

MON 26 JANUARY 2015, 20:00, ESTADIO DE BATA

1
VS
1

DR Congo and Tunisia advance

by Staff Reporter

Mon January 26, 21:54

DR Congo and Tunisia both go into the quarterfinals of the 2015 Africa Nations Cup after they drew 1-1 in Bata in Group B.

Zambia and Cape Verde drew 0-0 in the other game, which sends Tunisia and DR Congo into the quarterfinals.

The Carthage Eagles netted first through Ahmed Akaichi before substitute Jeremie Bokila eqaulised.

In a match that started with so much tension and promised to bring plenty of goals, it was not the case as there were only two goals scored in a game with plenty of opportunities.

Playing on a rainy pitch, it was Tunisia that started the match stronger but even so they could not make their early advantage count.

The first chance for Tunisia came in the 9th minute but Ferjani Sassi wasted the opportunity inside the box as Joel Kimwaki did enough to stop the danger.

Then TP Mazembe player Jean Kasusula came close to opening the scoring for Congo and gave Tunisia goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi his first test of the match from a set piece.

In the 31 minute Tunisia finally broke the deadlock through a header from Ahmed Akaichi who received a ball from Yassine Chikhaoui to put Tunisia ahead.

DR Congo pushed hard to equalize before the end of the first half but Tunisia’s defence was too solid at the back and did not give them any chance.

In the second half Dieumerci Mbokani had a one on one with Tunisia goalkeeper Mathlouthi but failed to beat him and in the 60th minute DR Congo brought on Loteka Bokila, which made a big impact.

He came close into finding the back of the net right away when his header went over the cross bar. And then four minutes later captain Chikhaoui wasted a great opportunity to put his team into a 2-0 lead as his shot whistled over the top.

But then Bokila struck as he took his goal very well at close range following Mbokani's header in the 66th minute.

In the 74 minute Tunisia substitute Hamza Younes had a chance to score but DRC goalkeeper Kidiaba made a great save.

This match ended 1-1 and both teams qualified for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ESTADIO DE BATA
DR CONGO GOALS TUNISIA GOALS
19. Jeremie Bokila (66') 19. Ahmed Akaichi (31')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
DR CONGO STARTING LINEUP TUNISIA STARTING LINEUP
Defender
87'
17
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
12
Defender
3
Defender
3
Defender
15
Defender
17
Defender
2
Defender
8'
20
Midfielder
6
Defender
2
Forward/Striker
60'
18
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
87'
6
Forward/Striker
78'
21
Midfielder
77'
18
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
31'
74'
19
Forward/Striker
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Jeremie Bokila
Forward/Striker
60'
19
Hamza Younes
Forward/Striker
74'
10
Junior Kabananga
Forward/Striker
78'
13
Mohamed Ali Moncer
Midfielder
77'
15
Gabriel Zakwani
Defender
87'
14
Stephane Nater
Midfielder
87'
14
CARDS
Mohamed Ali Yaakoubi
Defender
8'
20
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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