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1 vs 1
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January 29, 2013 1:00 AM MYT
Moses Mabhida Stadium — Durban
Referee:‬ D. Haïmoudi‎
Attendance:‬ 8000‎
 
3′ (PG) Mbokani
Top of the Match
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Mamadou Samassa
Mamadou Samassa
Mali
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DR Congo 1-1 Mali: Eagles earn Afcon quarter-final ticket following stalemate

The Malians and Congolese shared the spoils in their final Group B encounter, sending the Eagles through to the next round of the competition

By Peter Pedroncelli

Afcon 2013 : Youssouf Mulumbu vs Samba Sow (RD Congo vs Mali)
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Mali drew 1-1 with DR Congo in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash on Monday night in Durban, South Africa, guaranteeing the Malians a ticket to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Goals from Dieumerci Mbokani for the country formerly known as Zaire, and Mamadou Samassa for the Eagles produced the stalemate.

A number these Afcon matches have been slow at the start, with the action peaking in the second half, and often only in the dying minutes of the encounters have goals been scored. This match was a completely different story, with DR Congo's Lomana LuaLua hitting the post in the first minute of the game, before Mali conceded a third minute penalty. Dieumerci Mbokani converted the spot kick, giving the Congolese the lead very early on. 

The Eagles of Mali would soon respond to that strike, however, and in the 15th minute Adama Tamboura sent in a tight angle cross to a confident Mamadou Samassa, who equalised for his side.

The Congolese found themselves on the back foot at that stage, with Mali growing in confidence after their poor defensive start. Mali continued to push forward, but despite their hold on possession, they were only able to create a handful of decent chances, which were not converted.

In the 38th minute DR Congo wasted an opportunity from a free kick, with LuaLua curling his effort straight into the wall. The half ended with the score level at 1-1.

At the start of the second half Tresor Mputu came on for LuaLua, in an effort to inject life into the Congolese attack.

Patrice Carteron's Mali side struggled to impose their dominance in the early stages of the second half, with DR Congo looking the more dangerous side.

Both teams were aware that the winner would advance to the quarter-finals of the competition, but neither of the two squads seemed capable of outdoing the other, and in contrast to a frantic and entertaining first few minutes, the last section of the game was scrappy.

With 10 minutes to go it seemed as though captain Seydou Keita had found a winner for Mali, but his header fell just wide of the target. In the dying minutes DR Congo had a penalty appeal, but the referee waved play on.

The match ended in a 1-1 stalemate, while the other game in the group produced a 3-0 victory for Ghana over Niger.

Those results see Ghana top and Mali second in Group B, with the Black Stars set to play the Cape Verde, while the Eagles will clash with hosts South Africa, as Bafana Bafana topped Group A.


RD Congo

1
Muteba Kidiaba
Goalkeeper
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M. Issama
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
21
Cedric Mongongu
Defender
 - 
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Gabriel Zakuani
Defender
 - 
21
Youssouf Mulumbu
Midfielder
21′
 - 
6
Cedrick Makiadi
Midfielder
77′
 - 
25
Mbokani
Striker
3′
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Y. Diba
Striker
86′
 - 
15
A. Kaluyituka
Striker
79′
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LuaLua
Striker
46′
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Mali

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30
 - 
22
 - 
-
 - 
6
 - 
4
Molla Wague
Defender
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-
 - 
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Seydou Keita
Midfielder
32′
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Samba Sow
Midfielder
33′
 - 
21
Samba Diakité
Midfielder
87′
 - 
10
 - 
27

Substitutes

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Landu Bakala
Goalkeeper
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-
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-
 - 
-
C. Mbemba
Defender
 - 
8
 - 
10
Z. Matumona
Midfielder
 - 
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N. Luvumbu
Striker
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-
 - 
11
P. Kabangu
Striker
86′
 - 
-
 - 
6
D. Kanda
Striker
79′
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Substitutes

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-
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22
Aly Yirango
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
30
 - 
27
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
14

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 3
Times In MYT
 
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