In a thrilling turn of events, the Democratic Republic of Congo managed to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after overcoming a one-goal deficit against Guinea. The match, held at the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium, ended with a 3-1 victory for the Congolese team on Friday, placing them alongside Nigeria in the last four.
Despite conceding an early penalty, with Mohamed Bayo converting for Guinea after 20 minutes, Congo displayed remarkable resilience. Captain Chancel Mbemba, who had given away the penalty, redeemed himself with a skillful left-footed finish just seven minutes later.
In the 65th minute, Congo was awarded a penalty of its own, expertly converted by Yoane Wissa. The triumphant moment came when Arthur Masuaku sealed the victory by scoring directly from a free kick near the touchline, eight minutes before the final whistle. This significant win marks Congo’s return to the semi-finals for the first time since 2015.