Congo DR secured third place in the 2015 Afcon

The Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo DR) secured a third place finish at the 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations on Saturday afternoon February 7, 2015 at Estadio de Malabo, Malabo in Equatorial Guinea following a victory over the host nation (Equatorial Guinea). Google+

Congo DR win third place play off matchCongo DR gracefully bowed out of the African Cup of Nations title following a semi-final 3-1 defeat by a star-studded Ivory Coast side on Wednesday February 4, 2015 at Estadio de Bata, Bata in Equatorial Guinea.

While the host nation, Equatorial Guinea, went out in a rather spectacular in an emotionally charged and highly controversial 3-0 trouncing by Ghana on Thursday February 5, 2015 at Estadio de Malabo in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

In the wake of an eminent departure from the tournament they were hosting, the fans of the host nation resorted to tantrums and violence which forced the match to be briefly halted and for the fans of Ghana to enter the pitch-side to avoid the objects being thrown at them by the fans of Equatorial Guinea.

Ahead of the third place play-off match there were fears of violence as the Democratic Republic of Congo is viewed as a much stronger team that Equatorial Guinea who were making only their second appearance in the tournament; furthermore, they have never qualified for the tournament through competition – on both occasions they qualified as hosts.

The match was played to a goalless draw with both teams squandering scoring chances.

After 90 minutes of play and no winner, the match was not sent to extra-time but instead it went straight to spot-kicks.

Equatorial Guinea took the first spot-kick and missed while Congo DR scored theirs; the second spot-kick for the host nation was saved by Robert Kidiaba.

In the end Congo DR emerged victorious after they scored all four spot-kicks they took while Equatorial Guinea only netted two.

The final scored was 0-0 after 90 minutes and 4-2 to Congo DR after spot-kicks.


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