Ivory Coast fight back to draw against Congo – Africa Cup of Nations 2017
Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo
Pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast came from behind twice to grab a vital point against DR Congo and keep their hopes in the Africa Cup of Nations alive.
The fixture has produced eight goals in the last two AFCON encounters and it delivered again – Neeskens Kebano rifling DR Congo ahead in the opening ten minutes before Wilfried Bony levelled with a sharp header direct from the corner having missed a more simple earlier chance.
It looked as if Ivory Coast would then take charge, but DR Congo continued to impress following their opening victory over Togo and Junior Kabananga headed them back in front from Ndombe Mubele’s cross.
Ivory Coast upped the tempo in the second half and had their chances to level before substitute Serey Die’s deflected effort wrong-footed Vumi Matampi. And they even thought they’d snatched it right at the death, only for Salomon Kalou’s finish to be ruled out for offside.
A vital point for Ivory Coast? One point from two games could have spelled the end of their hopes in the tournament, but few would bet against them progressing now – with their final fixture against struggling Togo.