DR Congo advance to Cup of Nations last-16 after Tanzania draw



The Democratic Republic of Congo have set up a round-of-16 clash with record seven-time winners Egypt after playing to a 0-0 draw with Tanzania in their final Africa Cup of Nations Group F fixture on Wednesday.

The Congolese finish second in the pool with three points following a trio of draws and advance along with group winners Morocco, who take on South Africa in the next round.

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It was a game of very few chances for the 12,847 crowd at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium but they could at least celebrate that Ivory Coast had secured a place in the last-16 as one of the best third-place finishers.

Congo DR are seeking a first continental title since the last of their two previous triumphs in 1974, while Tanzania still await their first win at a Cup of Nations finals and finish bottom of their pool with two points. 

Congo DR will travel to San Pedro to face Egypt on Sunday having not beaten the Pharaohs since a 3-2 semifinal victory on their way to lifting the title 50 years ago.

They will have to sharpen up in attack as it was another limp display in front of goal against the Tanzanians, who themselves offered virtually nothing going forward and did not manage a shot on target through the 90 minutes.

Congo DR forward Fiston Mayele saw his thunderous shot in the first half saved by goalkepeer Aishi Manula, while team mate Meschack Elia blazed over when the loose ball fell to him in the box.

Brentford forward Yoane Wissa forced an excellent finger-tip save from Manual and then fizzed another shot just over the top from 18-yards as the Congolese pushed for a goal late on, one that never materialised.

Keywords: Ivory Coast AFCON Africa Cup of Nations

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