|Libya 0-0 DR Congo
Libya and DR Congo ended Friday’s World Cup qualifier in a goalless draw at the jam-packed Tripoli Stadium, a repeat of their previous outcome last Match in the reverse fixture.
Libya were hosting their first international match since the end of the civil war that rocked the North African country two years ago.
The evening did not augur well for the host team, who fluffed countless goal chances to put the meeting to bed during both halves, as the visitors toiled to fend off assaults all through the encounter.
Ahmed Saad’s 14th minute spot kick was stopped by the Leopards’ veteran goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba, who singlehandedly thwarted a number of strikes to keep the score board blank till the break.
The Mediterranean Knights kept control of proceedings early into the second half, missing three clear cut chances to break the deadlock, as finishing was slow, poor and aimless.
The Central Africans scared the Libyan post a few times as well near the end of the game through counterattacks, but crashing their efforts each time against the crossbar.
The final goal opportunity of the cracker fell to the hosts in the 93rd minute, when a striker found himself facing an onrushing Kidiaba in the penalty area, but was too in hurry to unleash his effort that blew wide to the side of the left post.
Libya are still second in Group I with 6 points while DR Congo remain third with 5 points, ahead of group leaders Cameroon’s faceoff against Togo on Sunday.