Africa Cup of Nations - Group C
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DR Congo 1-0 Morocco

DR Congo celebrate
DR Congo finished with 10 men in Gabon and spent several minutes with nine, prompting wild celebrations when the match finished

DR Congo put their difficult Africa Cup of Nations build-up behind them to beat Morocco in their Group C opening fixture, despite finishing with 10 men.

Florent Ibenge's side, who went on strike over unpaid bonuses on Friday, almost trailed early on at Stade d'Oyem when Mbark Boussoufa struck the bar.

Junior Kabananga put them ahead before substitute Lomalisa Mutambala was booked twice in 16 minutes.

Morocco's Youssef El-Arabi missed with two headed chances late on.

The substitute glanced wide from a set-piece delivery and then met a cross cleanly to force a parry from DR Congo keeper Ley Matampi.

The Leopards were down to nine men for several minutes in the closing stages when they lost defender Gabriel Zakuani to injury having made all of their substitutions.

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BBC Sport's John Bennett is covering the tournament in Gabon and saw Zakuani return DR Congo to 10 men

The Northampton Town player returned for six minutes of injury time, as Ibenge's side saw out pressure to ensure Kabananga's guided finish from 10 yards put them top of their group.

Morocco - managed by two-time Cup of Nations winner Herve Renard - are bottom of the group after the first round of fixtures, as defending champions Ivory Coast and Togo drew 0-0 earlier in the day.

Renard, who guided Zambia to the title in 2012 and Ivory Coast in 2015, has been told by the country's FA that reaching the quarter-finals is a minimum requirement.

But despite managing 62% of possession and 15 shots against a side eight places above them in Fifa's rankings, they were unable to turn their numerical advantage into a positive start.

Line-ups

DR Congo

  • 1Matampi
  • 2Issama Mpeko
  • 14Zakuani
  • 5Tisserand
  • 3N'SakalaBooked at 48minsSubstituted forLomalisa Mutambalaat 65'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 15Mulumba
  • 18Bokadi
  • 22Mbemba
  • 6KabanangaSubstituted forMaghomaat 71'minutes
  • 17BakambuSubstituted forMbokaniat 77'minutes
  • 21Mubele

Substitutes

  • 4Ikoko
  • 7Mulumbu
  • 8M'Poku
  • 9Mbokani
  • 10Kebano
  • 11Botaka
  • 12Bolingi
  • 13Lomalisa Mutambala
  • 16Kudimbana
  • 19Bokila
  • 20Maghoma
  • 23Kiassumbua

Morocco

  • 12Mohan Mohamedi
  • 17Dirar
  • 5Benatia
  • 4da CostaBooked at 68mins
  • 6SaissSubstituted forFajrat 73'minutes
  • 2Mendyl
  • 8El Ahmadi
  • 14Boussoufa
  • 16El KaddouriSubstituted forEn-Nesyriat 61'minutes
  • 21Carcela-GonzálezSubstituted forEl-Arabiat 78'minutes
  • 20Bouhaddouz

Substitutes

  • 1Bounou
  • 3Chafik
  • 7En-Nesyri
  • 9El-Arabi
  • 10Rherras
  • 11Fajr
  • 13Boutaib
  • 15Ait Bennasser
  • 18Atouchi
  • 19Obbadi
  • 22El Kharroubi
  • 23Alioui
Referee:
Hamada Nampiandraza

Match Stats

Home TeamDR CongoAway TeamMorocco
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home4
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home26
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Congo DR 1, Morocco 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Congo DR 1, Morocco 0.

Attempt missed. Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Morocco. Conceded by Merveille Bope Bokadi.

Corner, Morocco. Conceded by Marcel Tisserand.

Offside, Congo DR. Firmin Ndombe Mubele tries a through ball, but Dieumerci Mbokani is caught offside.

Foul by Nabil Dirar (Morocco).

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

Foul by Mbark Boussoufa (Morocco).

Jacques Maghoma (Congo DR) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Manuel da Costa (Morocco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR).

Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Firmin Ndombe Mubele (Congo DR).

Offside, Morocco. Hamza Mendyl tries a through ball, but Mbark Boussoufa is caught offside.

Corner, Morocco. Conceded by Issama Mpeko.

Attempt saved. Youssef El-Arabi (Morocco) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mbark Boussoufa.

Manuel da Costa (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani (Congo DR).

Foul by Medhi Benatia (Morocco).

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

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Morocco).

Firmin Ndombe Mubele (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gabriel Zakuani (Congo DR) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Morocco) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Faycal Fajr with a cross following a set piece situation.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Joyce Lomalisa Mutambala (Congo DR) for a bad foul.

Faycal Fajr (Morocco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joyce Lomalisa Mutambala (Congo DR).

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Youssef El-Arabi replaces Mehdi Carcela-González.

Offside, Morocco. Mbark Boussoufa tries a through ball, but Manuel da Costa is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Congo DR. Dieumerci Mbokani replaces Cédric Bakambu.

Mbark Boussoufa (Morocco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Merveille Bope Bokadi (Congo DR).

Attempt blocked. Manuel da Costa (Morocco) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Faycal Fajr.

Aziz Bouhaddouz (Morocco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Congo DR).

Booking

Joyce Lomalisa Mutambala (Congo DR) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Faycal Fajr replaces Romain Saiss.

Medhi Benatia (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burkina Faso10101101
2Cameroon10101101
3Gabon10101101
4Guinea-Bissau10101101

B

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1Senegal11002023
2Algeria10102201
3Zimbabwe10102201
4Tunisia100102-20

C

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1DR Congo11001013
2Ivory Coast10100001
3Togo10100001
4Morocco100101-10

D

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1Egypt00000000
2Ghana00000000
3Mali00000000
4Uganda00000000
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