MATCH CENTRE

SUN 30 JUNE 2019, 21:00, 30 JUNE STADIUM, CAIRO

0
VS
4

DR Congo hammer Zimbabwe

by Staff Reporter

Sun June 30, 23:05

DR Congo hammered Zimbabwe 4-0 in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group A match at the 30 June Stadium in Egypt on Sunday night.

The result saw the Leopards and Warriors finish their group stage campaign third, and fourth respectively.

The Leopards got off to a flying start as they broke the deadlock as early as the fourth minute through their targetman Jonathan Bolingi.

The Belgium-based striker pounced and scored with a header from close range to make it 1-0 to DR Congo after Zimbabwe goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze failed to hold Cedric Bakambu's free-kick.

The Warriors grew in confidence as the match progressed, but Sunday Chidzambwa's men were struggling to create clear-cut chances for their strikers Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat.

DR Congo, who have won two AFCON titles, looked dangerous every time they pushed forward and they managed to double their lead five minutes after the half-hour mark.

China-based striker Bakambu raced clear and fired past Baroka FC shot-stopper Chipezeze to make it 2-0 to DR Congo with the Zimbabwe defence exposed.

Bolingi, who had opened the scoring, picked up an injury and he was replaced by Middlesbrough FC frontman Britt Assombalonga on the stroke of half-time.

DR Congo were deservedly leading 2-0 at the interval after taking their chances in the first-half.

Chidzambwa introduced Nyasha Mushekwi, who is a striker by trade, seven minutes after the restart as Zimbabwe looked to pull one back.

However, the Leopards continued to attack in search of more goals and they were awarded a penalty after Bakambu was fouled by Chipezeze in the box.

Bakambu then stepped up and fired past Chipezeze, who had replaced injured George Chigova in the starting line-up, to make it 3-1 to DR Congo five minutes after the hour-mark.

It was 4-0 to DR Congo following a mistake by Chipezeze as the goal-minder fumbled the ball and Assombalonga hit the back of the net with 12 minutes left.

Zimbabwe pushed for a late consolation goal, but Tino Kadewere was brilliantly denied by goalkeeper Ley Matampi to ensure that DR Congo recorded a 4-0 victory on the night.

Zimbabwe (0) 0
DR Congo (2) 4 (Bolingi 4, Bakambu 35', 65', Assombalonga 78')

Zimbabwe: Chipezeze, Darikwa, Mhlanga, Hadebe, Pfumbidzal, Munetsi (Kadewere 70'), Phiri, Karuru, Chawapiwa (Mushekwi 52'), Musona (Mahachi 80'), Billiat.

DR Congo: Matampi, Issama, Mbemba, Tisserand, Ngonda, Akolo (Luyindama 83'), Mulumbu (Elia 76'), Moke, Maghoma, Bakambu, Bolingi (Assombalonga 45').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH 30 JUNE STADIUM, CAIRO
ZIMBABWE GOALS DR CONGO GOALS
17. Cedric Bakambu (35')
9. Jonathan Bolingi (4')
17. Cedric Bakambu (65')
19. Britt Assombalonga (78')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
ZIMBABWE STARTING LINEUP DR CONGO STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
13
4
Defender
2
Defender
15
Defender
5
Defender
2
Defender
3
Midfielder
3
12
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
83'
6
Midfielder
70'
8
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
76'
7
Midfielder
45 + 7'
52'
7
Forward/Striker
35'
65'
17
Forward/Striker
80'
17
Forward/Striker
4'
45'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Nyasha Mushekwi
Forward/Striker
45 + 7'
23
Britt Assombalonga
Forward/Striker
45'
19
Nyasha Mushekwi
Forward/Striker
52'
23
Elia Meschak
Forward/Striker
76'
13
Marshall Munetsi
Midfielder
70'
8
Christian Luyindama
Defender
83'
15
Kudakwashe Mahachi
Midfielder
80'
20
CARDS
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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