DR Congo Triumphs Over Egypt in Africa Cup Shoot-out; Advances
In a thrilling encounter at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, DR Congo clinched a dramatic victory against Egypt, securing a spot in the quarterfinals after a tense 1-1 draw followed by a gripping penalty shoot-out.
DR Congo took the lead for the first time in the tournament when Meschack Elia connected with Yoane Wissa’s cross. However, Mostafa Mohamed levelled the score for Egypt from the penalty spot just before halftime. The intensity heightened as Mohamed Hamdy received a second yellow card, reducing Egypt to 10 men in extra time.
The climax came during the dramatic penalty shoot-out, with goalkeeper Lionel Mpasi sealing DR Congo’s triumph with the 18th spot-kick, winning 8-7 against Egypt. The absence of injured captain Mohamed Salah added to Egypt’s challenges, leaving them without a victory in the tournament.
DR Congo’s victory sets the stage for a quarter-final showdown with Guinea, slated at Abidjan’s Alassane Ouattara Stadium. Despite Egypt’s resilient efforts, DR Congo’s determined performance, ranked 67th globally, marked another upset in a tournament defined by underdog success.
The match witnessed missed opportunities on both sides, with Egypt’s Hegazi heading over early and DR Congo’s Elia and Bakambu narrowly missing chances. Despite Egypt’s numerical disadvantage, both teams exhibited tenacity throughout the game.
As penalties loomed, tension escalated. Mpasi’s decisive penalty secured DR Congo’s progression, while Egypt’s Gabaski, previously renowned for his penalty-saving abilities, could only watch as his shot struck the crossbar.
The thrilling encounter underscores the unpredictability of the Africa Cup of Nations, with DR Congo emerging as a formidable contender in the competition. As the tournament unfolds, the stage is set for more captivating battles and unexpected outcomes in the pursuit of continental glory.