The Red Devils humbled the Walias of Ethiopia 1-0 in a Group C second match of the day at the Free State Stadium in Mangaung
Congo defeated Ethiopia 1-0 at the Free State Stadium in Mangaung in a Group C second match of the ongoing African Nations Championship on Friday. They remain competitive in the group ahead of the final match day next Tuesday.
Both teams lost their opening matches, coming into this encounter determined to claim some points needed to keep their campaign alive.
The two teams spent long minutes observing each other and that made the early exchanges slow and uninteresting. However, the Red Devils looked more dangerous in their breakout actions, and they grabbed the first goal chance when Hardy Binguila, with just the goalkeeper to beat in the box dragged his effort beyond the left post.
Omod Omod would respond for the Walias after 15 minutes when a cross from the right wing picked him out on the edge of Congo box, but a hard tackle from the central African defence thwarted the effort.
Ethiopia seized control of the session thereafter with the Congolese staging good defending, though with Rudy Ndey paying the price with a yellow card, the first and only before the break.
Congo began the second half in a brighter fashion, winning most of the balls and breaking the opposing side’s movement upfield. However, it looked like one of those strategies of the Red Devils to suck the pressure.
Behailu Gobeze tried to bend an effort from a corner kick but he was stopped by Gildas Mouyaki right inside the Congo box.
After the hour mark, the Red Devils retook domination but kept displaying sloppy finishing like their counterparts in front of goal.
However, a long cross from midfield allowed Rudy Ndey to beat the offside trap before adjusting himself to slot the ball to the side of onrushing Ethiopia goalkeeper Jemal Bushra to break the deadlock in the 78th minute.
Congo would put up strong defending to conserve their lead until the end of the encounter, with Bersyl Obassi and Dimitri Bissiki picking yellow cards in the process.
Ethiopia have now crashed out of the competition following a second loss, while Congo keep their chances alive to progress from the group stage.