DR Congo qualified despite lossing 2-1Equatorial Guinea
The Democratic Republic of Congo qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of nations despite losing 2-1 to Equatorial Guinea in their second leg qualifier played the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo on Sunday night.
Javier Balboa and Ben Konate scored for the Nzalang Nacional, while Youssouf Mulumbu pulled one goal back for the visitors.
However, the slender win was not enough for the country which co-hosted the tournament earlier this year as DR Congo won the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
The Leopards went into the clash with a comfortable lead following their convincing 4-0 win in the first leg which was played in Kinshasa last month, and there was a bit of complacency in the way they started the first half.
The first wake-up call came in the 23rd minute when the former Real Madrid and Benfica winger gave the hosts the lead, but the goal left them needing at least three more just to draw level.
Then Gilson Paulo’s men managed to double their lead in the 35th minute through midfielder Ben Konate, which brought some joy to the home fans as they started to believe the big comeback was possible.
However, their hopes were further reduced just eight minutes later when Youssouf Mulumbu struck back for the visitors.
That goal seemed proved to be the last of the match as the second half saw Claude Le Roy’s side playing more sensibly and keeping things tight at the back.
DR Congo will be returning to the Nation’s Cup for the first time since their quarterfinal exit in 2006.