Afriyie Acquah of Ghana challenged by Chancel Mbemba of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Quarter Final football match between DR Congo and Ghana at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 29 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Sunday Jan 29, 2017. 19:52
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal clash between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana, from the Stade d'Oyem in the Gabonese city Oyem on Sunday, 29 January 2017.
Matampi; Lomalisa, Tisserand, Bope, Mpeko - Kabananga, Mbemba, Mulumba (Bolingi 85'), Mubele (Bokila 83') - M'Poku (Bakambu 83'), Mbokani
Razak; Acheampong, Boye, Amartey, Afful - Wakaso, Acquah, Partey - Atsu, A.Ayew, J.Ayew
90+5' - Full-Time: DR Congo 1-2 Ghana (The Black Stars join Burkina Faso and Cameroon in the final four)
Four minutes added
Double chance for Bakambu
! First he misses a sitter before Razak
makes a good save to deny the Spanish based forward.
Into the final five minutes and Ghana look to be on their way to yet another final four showing as Ibenge
throws on all three his substitutes.
78' - GOAL! Andre Ayew
keeps his cool from 12 yards as he fires past Matampi
! Referee left with little choice, but to point to the spot following a foul on Atsu by Lomalisa
who is lucky not to receive his marching orders.
74' - Amartey (Ghana)
the latest to go into the book as tension boils over in Oyem.
68' - GOAL! STUNNER!
DR Congo alert as they take a free-kick quickly - catching Ghana off guard - before M'Poku
unleashes a right-footed rocket past Razak
63' - GOAL! Brilliant
by Jordan Ayew! Wakaso
wins back possession - feeds the Aston Villa man who brushes off Bope
before curling the ball into the back of the net.
61' - Tisserand (DR Congo)
the next to go into the referees book following a silly challenge on Partey
59' - Wakaso (Ghana) and Lomalisa (DR Congo)
go into the referees book.
Exciting start to the second with Ghana growing into the game - Avram Grant's men look a different team in the second-half.
50' - SAVE! Matampi
saves with his feat to keep out Wakaso's
dipping free-kick. Really positive start to the half by the Black Stars.
Better by Ghana as Andre Ayew
makes some space for himself before directing his rasping effort on goal. Easy, though, for Matampi
Second-half is underway in Oyem
45+1' - Half-Time:
DR Congo 0-0 Ghana
Ball whipped into the far post, Mbemba
gets up well but he is unable to direct his header attempt on goal.
39' - SHOT! Mbokani
tries his luck on the half-volley, Razak
parries, but recovers well to gather with the Leopards ready to pounce.
Set-piece wide left whipped into the area by M'poku
, but the Black Stars not really troubled as the ball is cleared by the first man at the near post.
Ghana just about clear their lines as The Leopards enjoy a spell of pressure. Some respite as Razak lines the ball up for a goal-kick.
26' - SHOT! Mbokani s
ets up Kabananga
on the break, but the in-form forward blasts well over.
Successive corner-kicks for Ghana as they get into their rhythm. Kabananga
with a good tackle to stop a flying Acheampong
in his tracks.
Neither defensive line really tested with much of the action in the middle of the park. Pitch is also holding up nicely with the rain having thankfully stayed away.
Nothing to write home about since that glaring miss by Mbokani
who will be kicking himself if DR Congo fail to advance.
16' - Mulumba
booked (DR Congo)
9' - M'Poku
looks up and fires a shot at goal from the edge of the area, Razak
with an easy save as the attempt lacks any real power.
7' - POST!
Defensive blunder by Afful lets in Mbokani
who rounds Razak
, but the burly forward can only succeed in striking the woodwork! Golden chance squandered.
First shot in anger falls to Italian-based Acquah
; his audacious volley attempt was always going wide.
- Teams about to enter the pitch, national anthems will be followed by kick-off. Game is set to get underway at 18h00 CAT.
- No real surprises with Asamoah Gyan the most notable absentee. The Black Stars captain starts on the bench having injured his groin in defeat to Egypt. Gyan, though, could well rise from the bench if needed - in so making his 100th appearance for country.