MATCH CENTRE

FRI 20 JANUARY 2017, 18:00, STADE D'OYEM

2
VS
2

Serey Die saves Ivory Coast' blushes

by Staff Reporter

Fri January 20, 20:45

Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) drew 2-2 in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match which was played on Friday evening.

DR Congo remain at the top of Group C standings, while defending champions Ivory Coast move up to second following the game which took place at the Stade d'Oyem.

It took only 10 minutes for Neeskens Kebano to fire DR Congo into the lead with a wonderful strike making it 1-0 to the Leopards.

Wilfried Bony, who was making his first start in the tournament, levelled matters for the Ivory Coast with a decent header in the 26th minute.

However, Junior Kabananga had other ideas as he restored DR Congo's lead in the 29th minute and the Leopards were leading 2-1 during the half-time break.

It was nearly 3-1 to DR Congo twenty minutes after the restart, but Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbouhouo snatched the ball before Dieumerci Mbokani could pounce.

But the Elephants did find the equalizing goal they had been looking for in the 67th minute as Serey Die scored with a deflected shot to make it 2-2.

Salomon Kalou thought he had scored the winning goal in stoppage time, but he was ruled offside and ultimately, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Ivory Coast (1) 2 (Bony 26', Die 67')
DR Congo (2) 2 (Kebano 10', Kabananga 29')

Ivory Coast: Gbohouo; Aurier, Kanon, Bailly, Traore (Del 46'); Doukoure, Kessie, Serey Die; Zaha, Bony, Gradel (Kalou 77')

DR Congo: Matampi; Ikoko (Mulumbu 72'), Tisserand, Mbemba, Issama; Maghoma (Mulumba 72'), Bope; Mubele, Kebano, Kage; Mbokani

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE STADE D'OYEM
COTE D'IVOIRE GOALS DR CONGO GOALS
12. Wilfried Bony (26') 10. Neeskens Kebano (10')
20. Geoffroy Serey Die (67') 6. Junior Kabananga (29')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
COTE D'IVOIRE STARTING LINEUP DR CONGO STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
46'
18
Defender
21
Defender
72'
4
Defender
17
Defender
5
Defender
2
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
72'
20
Midfielder
65'
11
18
Midfielder
67'
20
Midfielder
10'
10
Midfielder
77'
15
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
9
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
26'
12
Forward/Striker
29'
79'
6
SUBSTITUTIONS
Simon Deli
Defender
46'
19
Remi Mulumba
Midfielder
72'
15
Salomon Kalou
Forward/Striker
77'
8
Youssouf Mulumbu
Midfielder
72'
7
Jonathan Bolingi
Forward/Striker
79'
12
CARDS
Franck Kessié
Midfielder
65'
11
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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