The Leopards tamed by Iraq

The Leopards tamed by Iraq
DR Congo's midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu

by Stephane DeSaintsalvy

Saturday Mar 28, 2015. 20:06

DR Congo suffered a 2-1 defeat to Iraq in a friendly in Sharjah on Saturday, in the first leg of their double-header against the Mesopotamia Lions.

Defender Ahmad Ibrahim Khalaf put Iraq ahead after only five minutes of play with a powerful header from point-blank range, completely unmarked on a corner kick.

However, Belgium-Congolese winger Paul-José Mpoku levelled from the penalty spot twenty minutes later, to celebrate his international debut with DR Congo and send the two sides into the break on equal footing.

But the Mesopotamia Lions had ultimately the last word in the second half, with 19-year-old attacking midfielder Humam Tariq making his way through the Leopards’ defence before sending the ball past Anderlecht keeper Mulopo Kudimbana in the 71st minute.

Florent Ibenge’s men will now be looking to take revenge against the Iraqis on the same ground of the Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium on Tuesday.

 

DR CONGO STARTING LINE-UP:

Kudimbana - Oualembo, Zakuani, Mavinga, Nsakala - Mulumbu, Ndongala, Mpoku, Lukoki - Kebano, Diba



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