The Democratic Republic of Congo came from a two goal down to crush the Republic of Congo 4-2 at the Estadio de Bata on Saturday night. Both nations came to this match looking to progress to the semi-finals. In the ninth minute an attempt at goal was missed by Yannick Bolasie as his shot was a bit too high.
The DRC kept pushing forward Jeremy Bokila’s right footed shot was saved in the bottom right corner in the 14th minute. After the 30th minute it was still 0-0 with neither side creating clear cut chances before an attempt from Bokila in the 35th minute was saved in the bottom corner as the Leopards started to threaten. Congo had a free kick but Ferebory Dore’s shot went over the bar in the 42nd minute as the sides remained deadlocked at half-time.
In the second half the Red Devils started brightly as Dore opened the scoring for his side in the 55th minute. Again the larger Congolese country was caught napping at the back when Thievy Bifouma the smaller republic a second goal. Claude Le Roy was on his way to the semi-finals but there was a twist in the tale yet.
The DRC hit back in the 65th minute as Dieudonne Mbokani tapped in from a great low cross from the left hand side to put his side back in the game. In the 75th minute Bokila levelled matters for his side. The momentum was now firmly with the Leopards, and from a free kick in the 81st minute took the lead after a flick on from Joel Kimwaki Mpela went into the back of the net.
However the DRC were not done with their neighbours yet. Bokila scored his second goal of the match to wrap up a stunning comeback and set up a semi-final victory thanks to a 4-2 victory.
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