Dieudonne Bezua of DR Congo challenged by Serge Kanon of Ivory Coast during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ivory Coast and DR Congo at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 20 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Friday Jan 20, 2017. 19:40
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group C game between Cote d’Ivoire and DR Congo at the Stade d’Oyem, Oyem on Friday January 20.
Ivory Coast XI: Gbohouo; Aurier, Kanon, Bailly, A.Traoré; Doukouré, Kessiè, Serey Dié; Zaha, Bony, Gradel
DR Congo XI: Matampi; Ikoko, Tisserand, Mbemba, Issama; Maghoma, Bope; Mubele, Kebano, Kabanda; Mbokani
80′ – Less than 10 minutes left on the clock. Both teams now looking for the winning goal.
79′ DR Congo sub: Bolingi comes on for Kabananga, who was impressive for the Leopards today.
77′ – Ivory Coast sub: Kalou replaces Gradel.
75′ – It seems like Ivory Coast veteran Kalou will be coming on as the Elephants push for the winning goal.
72′ – DR Congo sub: Mulumbu and Mulumba replace Ikoko and Maghoma respectively. Double substitution by the Leopards coach Florent Ibenge.
70′ – The Ivory Coast captain tried his luck from range, and fortunately, his shot deflected off DR Congo defender Tisserand and went into the back of the net.
67′ – GOAL! Die’s restores parity for the Elephants with a deflected shot. Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo.
65′ – CAUTION: Ivorian Kessie is booked following a foul on Congolese star Mbemba.
60′ DR Congo are still leading 2-1 as we reach the hour-kick.
55′ – CLOSE! DR Congo forward Mubele beats two Ivorian defenders, before firing inches wide of the target.
50′ – Gradel plays a good cross for Deli, who heads wide of the target as the Elephants search for the equalizing goal.
46′ – Ivory Coast sub: Deli replaces Traore. A defender a for a defender.
46′ – The second-half is underway.
HALF-TIME! Ivory Coast 1-2 DR Congo
40′ – Five minutes left for the Elephants to equalize before the break. But the Leopards are looking solid at the back.
37′ – Gradel sends in another good cross into the DR Congo box, but this time it is cleared away.
35′ – Ivory Coast are looking to level matters again with the half-time break fast approaching.
30′ – This is Kabananga’s second goal of the tournament. He netted the only goal of the match against Morocco.
29′ – GOAL! Kabananga restores DR Congo’s lead with a decent header. End-to-end stuff. Ivory Coast 1-2 Dr Congo.
26′ – GOAL! Bony heads home Gradel’s corner-kick. Ivory Coast 1-1 DR Congo.
25′ – The Elephants are now pushing for the equalizing goal. Attacking in numbers.
22′ – The ball finds Ivory Coast striker Bony in the DR Congo, but he heads wide of the target. A rare chance for the Elephants.
20′ – The Leopards are dominating possession and looking confident while in possession of the ball.
15′ – DR Congo are awarded a free-kick in a promising area, but Kebano fires wide of the target.
13′ – Kabananga controlled the ball very well inside the Ivory Coast box, before flicking it to Kebano, who then beat goalkeeper Gbohoua with a beautiful volley. The defending champions are 1-0 down.
10′ – GOAL! Kebano fires DR Congo into the lead with a great strike. Ivory Coast 0-1 DR Congo.
10′ – Zaha is looking lively for the Elephants in the opening stages of this encounter, but his crosses have been cleared away by the Leopards defence thus far.
5′ – Ivory Coast winger Zaha plays a good cross into the Congo box and it causes panic in the area, but in the end Leopards clear their lines through Ikoko.
1′ – The match is underway here at the Stade d’Oyem.
Both teams are on the pitch as kick-off approaches.
The defending champions Ivory Coast were held to a goalless draw by Togo in their first Group C game at the Stade d’Oyem on Monday, while DR Congo stunned Morocco 1-0 at the same venue.
The last time the two sides clashed was during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals. The Elephants of Ivory Coast beat DR Congo’s Leopards 3-1 in the semi-final encounter in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.