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2 vs 2
Played
January 20, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium — Port Elizabeth
Referee:‬ D. Bennett‎
Attendance:‬ 7000‎
 
40′ Badu
Mbokani 69′ (PG)

Ghana 2-2 DR Congo: Leopards fight back from two down to stun the Black Stars

Claude Le Roy's side came from back from a two-goal deficit to draw with tournament favorite Ghana.

By Joshua Ansah

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Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Kwadwo Asamoah gave favored Ghana a two-goal edge, but goals from Tresor Mputu and Mbokani drew DR Congo level and forced a 2-2 draw in the African Cup of Nations group stage on Sunday.

The Ghanaians first solid chance came though Asamoah Gyan, who was played through on-goal with pinpoint accuracy by Derek Boateng, but the Al-Ain forward dallied too much and sliced the ball wide.

Congo responded with a sustained period of pressure, but the Leopards were stung in the 40th minute as Agyemang-Badu scored the first goal of the tournament after a wonderful bit of play from Asamoah, who played a quick one-two with Gyan before setting up Agyemang-Badu for the tap-in.

The Ghanaians came out well in the second half carving out another good opening, and Asamoah was on hand to head in from a corner taken by Mubarak Wakaso to give the Ghanaians a two-goal cushion four minutes after the restart.

Congo responded to the goal like it had responded to all Ghana’s chances in the game with another period of pressure, but this time it made good use of it as Mputu did well to pull one back with a smooth finish.

The Ghanaians responded again, but Gyan failed to get his effort on goal past the first defender despite being in a very good position. Congo made the Black Stars pay in the 67th minute after a smooth finish from the spot by Dieumerci Mbokani, who won the penalty off Jeremiah Akaminko.

Both sides tried to find the winner, but neither managed it, with Congo having a scare late into injury time as Muteba Kidiaba almost carried a save from Gyan’s header into his own net. The 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is still yet to see any team win a game, and both sides will will be looking to build on this Group B result against the other group members, Mali and Niger, who have yet to play.

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Ghana

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F. Dauda
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
John Pantsil
Defender
 - 
-
Jerry Akaminko
Defender
 - 
25
John Boye
Defender
 - 
7
Badu
Midfielder
40′
 - 
23
Derek Boateng
Midfielder
73′
 - 
27
Albert Adomah
Midfielder
42′ 82′
 - 
22
Kwadwo Asamoah
Midfielder
40′ 49′
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Wakaso
Midfielder
49′ 54′
 - 
3
Asamoah Gyan
Striker
 - 
-
 - 

RD Congo

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1
Muteba Kidiaba
Goalkeeper
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M. Issama
Defender
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3
 - 
-
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21
 - 
21
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8
 - 
6
 - 
11
P. Kabangu
Striker
68′
 - 
25
Mbokani
Striker
69′
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LuaLua
Striker
66′

Substitutes

1
Daniel Agyei
Goalkeeper
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12
 - 
26
 - 
-
 - 
25
 - 
25
 - 
26
 - 
40
Anthony Annan
Midfielder
73′
 - 
21
Mohammed Rabiu
Midfielder
56′
 - 
-
S. Asante
Midfielder
 - 
29
 - 
9
R. Boakye
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

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-
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Landu Bakala
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
C. Mbemba
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
10
Z. Matumona
Midfielder
 - 
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N. Luvumbu
Striker
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
6
D. Kanda
Striker
66′
 - 
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Y. Diba
Striker
 - 
15

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In EST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Didier Drogba Didier Drogba
Striker
Galatasaray
6 3
Mbokani Mbokani
Striker
Dynamo Kiev
5 2
Alain Traoré Alain Traoré
Midfielder
Lorient
5 0
Wakaso Wakaso
Midfielder
Rubin
4 3
Victor Moses Victor Moses
Midfielder
Liverpool
4 2