Africa Cup of Nations - Group A
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Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso

Thierry Bifouma (L) challenges Burkina Faso's defender Steeve Yago and Burkina Faso's defender Mohamed Koffi
Thierry Bifouma (left) scored two goals in six games for West Bromwich Albion

Congo reached the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1992 by topping Group A.

Congo needed a draw to progress and went ahead when Thierry Bifouma swept home Ferebory Dore's cross.

Burkina Faso required a win and offered little until the last 10 minutes when Aristide Bance scored at the far post.

Congo won it in the 87th minute when goalkeeper Germain Sanou punched the ball on to the shoulder of Fabrice Ondama and it trickled into the net.

Congo's qualification added to the remarkable record of manager Claude LeRoy, who has now achieved seven quarter-finals in eight appearances at the tournament with five different countries.

Congo had the best chance of a very disappointing first half in the 21st minute when Delvin N'Dinga played in Bifouma on the left-hand side of the penalty area, but the striker dragged the ball wide of the far post.

Burkina Faso, who reached the final of the last tournament in 2013, finally woke up as the match approached half-time.

First Jonathan Pitroipa set up Prejuce Nakoulma, who could not control the ball and Congo goalkeeper Christoffer Mafoumbi rushed out to clear.

Then Pitroipa received a pass inside the area, chested it down but sent his shot high over the bar.

The second half started in a much more eventful way with Dore heading a good chance past the near post from a 47th-minute corner.

Burkina Faso almost took the lead in remarkable fashion three minutes later.

Goalkeeper Sanou cleared the ball downfield from well inside his own penalty area and it reached the opposite area where it bounced over his counterpart Mafoumbi and rolled just past the post.

Claude LeRoy
Claude LeRoy took charge of Congo in December 2013
Burkina Faso's midfielder Djakaridja Kone (R) heads the ball with Congo's midfielder Prince Oniangue
Congo midfielder Prince Oniangue challenges Burkina Faso's Djakaridja Kone

Bifouma put Congo in front a minute later from close range from a right-wing cross by Dore, who seemed to be clearly offside when he received the ball.

Burkina Faso needed to score twice to have a hope of going into the last eight but rarely looked likely to do that.

Congo nearly added to their lead with a 72nd-minute free-kick, but N'Dinga's powerful shot was saved by Sanou.

Burkina Faso finally found the net in the 81st minute when Mafoumbi spilled an Alain Traore free-kick, but substitute Issiaka Ouedraogo's finish was ruled out for offside.

Bance gave Burkina Faso's fans fleeting hope when he scored from Ouedraogo's cross, but 90 seconds later it was all over when the ball went in off Ondama as Congo secured victory.

Congo coach Claude LeRoy:

"It's incredible. I feel a lot of emotion and incredible happiness.

"We conceded a goal that shouldn't have stood because there was a foul on Bissiki at the start of the move, but although a 1-1 draw would have been enough, we hit back right away.

"We have come from nowhere. We knocked out Nigeria, the reigning champions, and now we have beaten Burkina Faso, who were runners-up last time. Anything that happens from now on is a bonus."

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put:

"The luck was not on our side."

Line-ups

Congo

  • 1Mafoumbi
  • 18Baudry
  • 21Babélé
  • 2N'Ganga
  • 6Bissiki
  • 8N'Dinga
  • 12LitsingiSubstituted forGandzéat 89'minutes
  • 5Bouka Moutou
  • 7Oniangué
  • 10DoreSubstituted forOndamaat 75'minutes
  • 13Bifouma KoulossaSubstituted forDouniamaat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3N'Ganga
  • 9M'boussy
  • 11Ondama
  • 14Gandzé
  • 15Douniama
  • 16Massa
  • 17Malonga
  • 19Malonga
  • 20Binguila
  • 22Ndzila
  • 23Mavoungou

Burkina Faso

  • 23Sanou
  • 5Koffi
  • 2Yago
  • 4Koné
  • 9GouoSubstituted forBancéat 59'minutes
  • 22NakoulmaSubstituted forTraoreat 58'minutes
  • 6Kone
  • 18Kabore
  • 21TraoreSubstituted forOuédraogoat 73'minutes
  • 10Traore
  • 11Pitroipa

Substitutes

  • 1Fofana
  • 3Yedan
  • 7Rouamba
  • 8Koulibaly
  • 12Guira
  • 13Bambara
  • 14Balima
  • 15Bancé
  • 16Soulama
  • 19Traore
  • 20Ouédraogo
Referee:
Joseph Lamptey

Match Stats

Home TeamCongoAway TeamBurkina Faso
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Congo 2, Burkina Faso 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Congo 2, Burkina Faso 1.

  3. Post update

    Steeve Yago (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ladislas Douniama (Congo).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Congo. Conceded by Germain Sanou.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Césaire Gandzé (Congo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabrice N'Guessi.

  7. Post update

    Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Césaire Gandzé (Congo).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Congo. Césaire Gandzé replaces Francis Litsingi.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Djakaridja Koné (Burkina Faso).

  11. Post update

    Delvin N'Dinga (Congo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Congo 2, Burkina Faso 1. Fabrice N'Guessi (Congo) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Koffi (Burkina Faso).

  14. Post update

    Marvin Baudry (Congo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Congo 1, Burkina Faso 1. Aristide Bancé (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Issiaka Ouédraogo with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabrice N'Guessi (Congo) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marvin Baudry.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Charles Kaboré (Burkina Faso).

  18. Post update

    Prince Oniangué (Congo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Burkina Faso. Charles Kaboré tries a through ball, but Aristide Bancé is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Burkina Faso. Conceded by Sagesse Babélé.

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