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DR Congo beat Burundi

Posted: 22 January 2014 Time: 21:03

DR Congo beat Burundi 2-1 to finish second in Group D at the African Nations Championship and qualify for the quarter-finals.

A first-half brace from Makusu Mundele was enough to seal DR Congo 's last eight place to become the first side to reach the competition’s knockout phase a third successive time after earlier feats in 2009 and 2011.

However, it was Burundi who took the lead in a drama-filled first half through captain Selemani Ndikumana, who slotted in a through ball from Fiston Abdoul in the 11th minute.

Six minutes later, DR Congo were handed a lifeline from the penalty spot after Issa Hakizimana fouled Ndimbe Mubele inside the box.

Mundele stepped up to take the resultant penalty but found Arthur Arakaza in inspired form to save the spot kick.

Mundele later made no mistake in the 24th minute after slotting in a long punt from Joel Kimwaki to finally beat Arakaza.

The Bell'Or striker added his second in the 38th minute after pouncing on a poor clearance by Hassan Hakizimana, who failed to clear an Eric Nkulukuta cross to confidentially send DR Congo 2-1 into the break.

Meanwhile, the second half was an evenly poised affair, but devoid of the goal mouth drama that characterised the first half.

Despite that, DR Congo were the better side and Mundele was denied a hat trick with 10 minutes left when he headed wide a cross from Kimwaki.

DR Congo finish second in Group D on six points, one less than Gabon, who beat Mauritania 4-2 in the other game in Bloemfontein.

Congo take on Ghana for a place in the semifinals on January 26 in Bloemfontein in a repeat of the two sides’ 2009 Final meeting that the Black Stars lost 2-0.

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