African Nations Cup

January 28, 2013

Full-time

Congo DR

1 - 1

Mali

Group B

17:00 +00:00, January 28, 2013

Durban Stadium

Referee: Djamel Haimoudi

Mali to meet hosts after draw

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Mahamadou Samassa's early leveller ensured Mali progressed to the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup at the expense of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Durban.

Knowing nothing short of a win today would see them through to the knockout stages, DR Congo came flying out of the traps and took the lead through Dieumerci Mbokani's penalty.

But Samassa, starting in place of Cheick Diabate, equalised in the 13th minute and while both sides had chances to win the match, they had to settle for a draw as Mali sealed their passage from Group B alongside Ghana, who beat Niger 3-0.

But that looked a long way off when DR Congo attacked from the first whistle, with former Newcastle and Portsmouth striker Lomana LuaLua striking against the base of the post inside the first 30 seconds.

DR Congo continued to attack and they were awarded a penalty in the third minute when midfielder Yves Ilunga was tripped by Mohamed Sissoko in the area, with Mbokani hammering into the top corner from the spot.

It was just the start Claude Le Roy had wanted, with the coach bemoaning their goalless draw against Niger last time out.

But the goal spurred Mali into action and they equalised with their first opportunity of the match. Adama Tamboura's cross from the left side of the penalty area was slotted home from close range by Samassa in the 14th minute.

They then had an excellent opportunity to take the lead midway through the half but Adama Coulibaly headed wide from an inswinging corner by Seydou Keita, whose cross to West Ham striker Modibo Maiga shortly before the interval was nodded over.

It had been a real battle and with both teams capable of qualification, no one from either side wanted to make a costly mistake.

But Mali were holding firm, with Samba Diakite, Keita and Sissoko excelling in midfield to snuff out any openings DR Congo had.

Mbokani headed meekly wide just after the hour mark but at the other end, Robert Kidiaba's weak parry from Samassa's 20-yard effort only just went wide of the goal and spared DR Congo's blushes.

Mali goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa made a fantastic save from Youssouf Mulumbu's effort from just outside the area to keep the scores level.

But Mali showed they were not content to hang on for a draw, with substitute Diabate running through on goal and rounding Kidiaba but seeing his strike from a narrow angle hit the outside of a post.

It mattered little, however, as Les Aigles hung on in the closing stages to send DR Congo, who had drawn all three group matches, crashing out.

Scoring Summary

Congo DR Mali
Deiudonne Mbokani (pen 3')Mamadou Samassa (14')

Teams

Congo DR Mali
Muteba Kidiaba1 Mamadou Samassa
21 Gabriel ZakuaniAdama Tamboura
17 Cedric MongonguFousseni Diawara
3 Kiritsho KasusulaAdama Coulibaly
2 Mpeko Issama13 Molla Wague
18 Cedric Makiadi12 Seydou Keita
Youssuf MulumbuMohamed Sissoko
12 Yves-Diba Ilunga18 Samba Sow
15 Lomana Tresor LuaLua20 Samba Diakité
Deiudonne Mbokani15 Mamadou Samassa
13 Alain Kaluyituka Dioko10 Modibo Maíga
Substitutes
16 Parfait MandandaSoumaila Diakite 16
23 Landu BakalaAli Yirango 22
Larrys MabialaOusmane Coulibaly 23
14 Landry MulemoMahamadou N'Diaye 21
19 Chancel MbembaIdrissa Coulibaly 5
10 Zola MatumonaSalif Coulibaly 19
22 Makuntima KisombeSigamary Diarra 11
Tresor Mputu MabiMahamane Traore 17
Mulota KabanguSambou Yatabaré 14
11 Deo KandaKalilou Traore 8
6 Budge ManziaCheick Diabate 9
20 Nzinga LuvumbuCheick Mady Diarra 7
Substitutions
Tresor Mputu Mabi for Lomana Tresor LuaLua (46)
Kalilou Traore for Mohamed Sissoko (73)
Deo Kanda for Alain Kaluyituka Dioko (79)
Cheick Diabate for Mamadou Samassa (78)
Mulota Kabangu for Yves-Diba Ilunga (86)
Sigamary Diarra for Samba Diakité (87)
Yellow Cards
Youssuf Mulumbu (20)
Seydou Keita (32)
Cedric Makiadi (77)
Samba Sow (33)
 Adama Tamboura (52)
 Mamadou Samassa (64)
 Kalilou Traore (85)
· Squads: Congo DR | Mali