Africa Cup of Nations match report: Ghana draw with DR Congo
Posted: 20 January 2013 Time: 19:41
Ghana let their two-goal lead slip on Sunday, playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw with DR Congo in Port Elizabeth in their Group B Africa Cup of Nations opener.
The Black Stars took a 2-0 lead before the 50th minute mark, but a second half charge from the Leopards handed Claude LeRoy's troops a share of the spoils thanks to goals from captain Tresor Mputu Mabi and Dieudonne ‘Dieumerci’ Mbokani.
It was Ghana who made the first move of the match when Christian Atsu's incisive cross was cleared by Larrys Mabiala for a corner-kick, but the Congolese managed to deal with it.
At the other end, midfielder Derek Boateng intervened to deny Mputu Mabu who was on the break.
DR Congo fired the first warning shot when experienced striker Lualua Lomana smashed the woodwork after Mputu's excellent run from the right.
Mputu missed the match's first real chance when he shockingly shot wide after being teed up from 12 metres inside the box by striker Mbokani.
Ghana responded seven minutes later with a goal threatening strike from 20 metres courtesy of Albert Adomah, but it was off target.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan was put through on a one-on-one situation but disappointingly shot wide on the half-hour mark.
Nine minutes later Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu opened the scoring, for the match and for the tournament, and Ghana went into the break with a 1-0 lead, despite chasing shadows.
Juventus star Kwadwo Asamoah grabbed the second for Ghana four minutes after the break when he headed in from a corner-kick which rattled the inside of the crossbar.
Captain Mputu pulled one back when he finished off a nice move which carved the Ghana defence open in the 53rd minute to make it 2-1.
Then, debutant Akaminko pulled the shirt of striker striker Mbokani inside the box and the Anderlecht danger-man converted from the penalty spot to draw the Leopards level on 68 minutes.
Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda pulled of a great save to deny Youssouf Mulumbu the third goal after a brilliant move from the wings kept the scores level.
DR Congo keeper Kidibia twice had to deny Gyan by parrying away his efforts.
Ghana's next match is against Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Thursday while DR Congo face Niger.
AWAY: DR Congo
- 1 Robert Kidiaba
- 0 Larrys Mabiala Destin
- 2 Issama Mpeko Djos
- 3 Jean Kasusula Kilichio
- 17 Cedric Mongongu
- 0 Tresor Mputu Mabi
- 6 Cédric Makiadi
74 mins - Gabriel Zakwani
- 7 Youssouf Mulumbu
- 0 Patou Kabangu Mulota
67 mins - Alain Kaluyituka Dioko
- 0 Tresor Lualua Lomana
73 mins - Deogracias Kanda a Mukok
- 9 Dieudonne Mbokani Bezua