MATCH CENTRE

WED 03 FEBRUARY 2016, 16:00, KIGALI

1(5)
VS
1(4)

DRC beat resilient Guinea on penalties

by BackPageTXT

Wed February 03, 19:24

Democratic Republic of Congo beat Guinea 5-4 on penalties to book their place in the final of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) - the game was deadlocked at 1-1 after extra-time.

The Leopards will face either the Ivory Coast or Mali in the final this Sunday, 7 February.

Both goals came in extra-time with Jonathan Bolingi opening the scoring in the 102nd minute before Ibrahima Sory Sankhon netted the equaliser in extra-time stoppage time at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Wednesday.

Sankhon had the best chance of the first-half, his rasping free-kick from 35 yards forcing DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi into a smart save.

The Horoya midfielder was Guinea's main protagonist and should've opened the scoring on 57th minutes, his header attempt straight at Matampi who parried the ball onto the post before diving on the rebound.

DR Congo's best chance of regulation time came on 87 minutes. Doxa Gikanji unlucky to see a trademark drive from distance canon of the crossbar.

Bolingi latched onto a Guy Lusadisu cross to open the scoring in the 102nd minute of extra-time, his diving header from close range leaving Abdoul Aziz Keita with little chance.

Florent Ibenge's troops looked home and dry, but up popped Sankhon who leveled matters in the 121st minute of the game.

Keita kept Guinea in the game, the Syli Nationale captain with crucial saves in the penalty shoot-out - like in the win over Zambia, but his opposite number emerged the hero - saving Mohamed Youla's attempt from 12 yards.

DR Congo 1 (Bolingi 102')

Guinea 1 (Sory Sankhon 121+1')

DR Congo win 5-4 on penalites

DR Congo: Matampi; Lomalisa, Bompunga, Kimwaki, Bangala, Gikanji, Munganga (Miche Mika 97'), Bopé (Lusadisu 67'), Meschack, Bolingi, Ngudikama (Tulenge 65')

Guinea: Keita; Youla, Sory Bangoura, A.Bangoura, Leo Camara, Thiam, Sankhon, Sory Soumah, Diawara (Daouda Camara 69'), Mouste (Sylla 54'), Alseny Camara (Aboubacar Bangoura 95')

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
DR CONGO GUINEA
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
12
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
17
Defender
13
Defender
20
23
Defender
14
Defender
4
Defender
3
Defender
5
Defender
15
9
Defender
2
Defender
3
Midfielder
6
Defender
6
Midfielder
20
Defender
21
Midfielder
8
Defender
15
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
18
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
18
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
2
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