CAN 2024: the DRC intractable against Guinea qualifies for the semi-finals, Jeune Afrique
CAN 2024: the DRC intractable against Guinea qualifies for the semi-finals
Published on February 2, 2024
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Trailing by the score but more enterprising than its evening opponent, the Democratic Republic of Congo brilliantly validated its ticket for the African Cup semi-finals, Friday à Abidjan, after its victory against Guinea (3-1).
The Leopards had no longer integrated the final four of the competition since 2015, the year they were beaten by the future winners, Ivory Coast (3-1), which they could find on their way in the semi-finals, in the event of victory against Mali on Saturday.
Despite a rather messy match, the result is however consistent with a certain logic.
Still deprived of its playing master Gaël Kakuta, Guinea was far too passive after opening the scoring and did not know how to launch a reaction when elle found herself led.
A jewel signed Masuaku
The match still seemed to catch fire in the first period with two goals in seven minutes, in which the Congolese captain, Chancel Mbemba, played a big role.
He first caused a penalty by pushing Mohamed Bayo in the back just before he took a cross in front of goal, and the attacker did himself justice himself (0-1, 21th).
However, six minutes later, the Congolese defender inherited a ball from a corner at the far post, where he scored from a tight angle, and what's more consist of bad foot (1-1, 27th).
The match calmed down quickly, but the coaching of Sébastien Desabre, with the entry into play of Silas in the 59th, turned it around, since he got a penalty three minutes later, transformed by Yoane Wissa (2-1, 65th).
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The jewel of the evening (and perhaps even of the competition) is to be attributed to Arthur Masuaku, who deceived the Guinean goalkeeper with a superb eccentric free kick on the left side, which found the left corner, when everyone thought he had been hit in the package (3-1, 82e).
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