Africa Cup of Nations - 3rd and 4th Place Play-Offs
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DR Congo win 4-2 on penalties

Afcon 2015: DR Congo 0-0 Equatorial Guinea (4-2 on pens)

Robert Kidiaba
DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba saved the second penalty as his side beat Equatorial Guinea 4-2 in the shootout

DR Congo beat Equatorial Guinea 4-2 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations third-place play-off as the match passed without any crowd trouble.

The hosts' semi-final against Ghana on Thursday was halted after missiles were thrown at players and supporters.

Only a small crowd turned out at Malabo stadium, the scene of Thursday's violence, to see the sides draw 0-0 in normal time.

Defender Cedric Mongongu struck the winning penalty for DR Congo.

Equatorial Guinea were fined £65,000 for the violence following the semi-final, which saw 36 fans injured.

DR Congo defender Gabriel Zakuani had called for his country to pull out of the play-off match following the trouble.

Nick Cavell, commentating for BBC World Service at the play-off on Saturday, said there was an increased police presence around the stadium before kick-off.

DR Congo
DR Congo have won the Africa Cup of Nations twice - this was their best finish in the tournament since 1998

Between 3,000 to 4,000 fans attended the 15,200-seater stadium.

"The game passed off without any sign of a repeat of the problems that marred Thursday's semi-final at the same venue," said Cavell.

"Those fans who did come were vociferous in their support of an Equatorial Guinea side who seemed calmer and more composed on the pitch and created more chances.

"And even in losing the crowd didn't show the same anger as on Thursday and instead showed massive appreciation for their heroes who have defied the odds to finish fourth."

DR Congo's Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie had the best chance of the first-half but he sliced his shot wide.

Dieumerci Mbokani, the tournament's joint top goal scorer on three goals, had a golden opportunity to put DR Congo ahead eights minutes into the second-half.

But the striker's tame shot was straight at Felipe Ovono after a jinking run by Cedric had set him up.

Equatorial Guinea's best chance fell to Emilio Nsue Lopez on 58 minutes, but veteran goalkeeper Kidiaba was quickly out of his area to close down the Middlesbrough striker.

Kidiaba, 38, whose 'bouncing bottom' celebration became one of the talking points of the tournament, performed a backwards standing somersault in his goalmouth before Javier Balboa took and missed the first penalty.

Raul Fabiani missed Equatorial Guinea's second penalty while DR Congo's players held their nerve in the shootout as they achieved their country's best finish in the tournament since 1998.

Line-ups

DR Congo

  • 1Muteba
  • 2Issama Mpeko
  • 14Zakuani
  • 17Mongongu
  • 3Kasusula
  • 22Mbemba Mangulu
  • 6MakiadiBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMabidiat 72'minutes
  • 18CedrickBooked at 87mins
  • 8KageSubstituted forMbokaniat 46'minutes
  • 11Bolasie
  • 19BokilaSubstituted forKabanangaat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Oualembo
  • 5Munganga
  • 7Mulumbu
  • 9Mbokani
  • 10Kebano
  • 12Mabele
  • 13Kabananga
  • 15Kimwaki
  • 16Kudimbana
  • 20Mabidi
  • 21Mubele
  • 23Mandanda

Equatorial Guinea

  • 1Ovono
  • 8Iyanga Travieso
  • 2Vázquez Evuy
  • 4Da Gracia Gomes
  • 16Bohale Aqueriaco
  • 14SenobuaSubstituted forMayeat 45'minutes
  • 6Edjogo-Owono Montalbán
  • 21Zarandona EsonoSubstituted forEllongat 45'minutes
  • 7BelimaSubstituted forFabiani Bosioat 85'minutes
  • 11Balboa
  • 10Nsue

Substitutes

  • 3Engonga
  • 5Mbele
  • 9Fabiani Bosio
  • 12Bolado
  • 13Embela
  • 18Ellong
  • 19Briones
  • 20Maye
  • 22Ganet
Referee:
Ghead Grisha

Match Stats

Home TeamDR CongoAway TeamEquatorial Guinea
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home22
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Congo DR 0(4), Equatorial Guinea 0(2).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Congo DR 0(4), Equatorial Guinea 0(2).

Goal!

Goal! Congo DR 0(4), Equatorial Guinea 0(2). Cédric Mongongu (Congo DR) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Congo DR 0(3), Equatorial Guinea 0(2). Viera Ellong (Equatorial Guinea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Congo DR 0(3), Equatorial Guinea 0(1). Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Congo DR) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Congo DR 0(2), Equatorial Guinea 0(1). Juvenal (Equatorial Guinea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Congo DR 0(2), Equatorial Guinea 0. Lema Mabidi (Congo DR) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Fabiani (Equatorial Guinea) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Congo DR 0(1), Equatorial Guinea 0. Cedrick (Congo DR) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot is high and wide to the right. Javier Balboa should be disappointed.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Congo DR 0, Equatorial Guinea 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Congo DR 0, Equatorial Guinea 0.

Attempt missed. Lema Mabidi (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dieumerci Mbokani.

Attempt missed. Emilio Nsue Lopez (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Juvenal.

Attempt saved. Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Congo DR).

Emilio Nsue Lopez (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Congo DR).

Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Congo DR. Junior Kabananga tries a through ball, but Dieumerci Mbokani is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Viera Ellong (Equatorial Guinea) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Juvenal following a set piece situation.

Booking

Cedrick (Congo DR) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cedrick (Congo DR).

Miguel Angel (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Fabiani (Equatorial Guinea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Javier Balboa.

Substitution

Substitution, Equatorial Guinea. Fabiani replaces Rubén Belima.

Hand ball by Juvenal (Equatorial Guinea).

Issama Mpeko (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea).

Attempt missed. Rubén Belima (Equatorial Guinea) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Javier Balboa.

Attempt saved. Junior Kabananga (Congo DR) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dieumerci Mbokani.

Foul by Lema Mabidi (Congo DR).

Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Randy (Equatorial Guinea).

Substitution

Substitution, Congo DR. Junior Kabananga replaces Jeremy Bokila.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR).

Randy (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Congo32104227
2Equatorial Guinea31203125
3Gabon310223-13
4Burkina Faso301214-31

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tunisia31204315
2DR Congo30302203
3Cape Verde30301103
4Zambia302123-12

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana32014316
2Algeria32015236
3Senegal311134-14
4South Africa301236-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast31203215
2Guinea30303303
3Mali30303303
4Cameroon302123-12
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