By Ikenna Agu

afcon 2013

Mali came from behind against DR Congo to earn a point and progress to the Africa Cup of Nations last eight.
Leopards playmaker Dieumerci Mbokani opened the scoring from the penalty spot after just three minutes.
Mali levelled 11 minutes later as Mahamadou Samassa tapped home from Adama Tamboura’s neat pull-back.
Claude LeRoy’s side chased a winner but were unable to find a way through the solid Malian defence, as the Eagles joined Ghana in the quarter-finals .
It marks the Malians’ second successive progression to the knockout stage, as they seek to better last year’s third-place finish in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
It was DR Congo, however, who burst out of the blocks in Durban, chasing a win to progress.
Mali move on
The Eagles progress to their second successive quarter-finals appearance, as they aim to better their third-place finish last year
Striker Lomana LuaLua broke into the box and drove against the post from his team’s first attack. Congolese forward Yves Diba followed up by darting into the area, before being tripped by Mali midfielder Momo Sissoko and winning an early penalty.
Mbokani coolly stepped up and fired the spot-kick high into the top right-hand corner past the diving Mamadou Samassa.
Sissoko responded with a snatched shot from the edge of the area, which was gathered by Robert Kidiaba in the Congolese goal.
The Malians managed to find their rhythm after the early shock and they were level on 14 minutes, after good work from Adama Tamboura, who forced his way through the Congolese defence on the left and squared for striker Samassa to finish from six yards.
The Eagles began to increase their hold on possession, with Seydou Keita delivering several threatening balls in the box, but his team-mates were unable to get on the end of them.
Youssouf Mulumbu attempted to restrict Keita’s influence by grabbing hold of the Mali captain, earning the West Bromwich Albion midfielder a booking.
Keita then returned the favour, as he rugby tackled the DR Congo midfielder and was handed a yellow card.


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