Afcon 2019: DR Congo thump eliminated Zimbabwe

DR Congo thumped Zimbabwe 4-0 in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group A match at the 30 June Stadium in Egypt Sunday night.

The victory saw the Leopards finish third on the group standings and they could advance to the Round of 16 if the results in other groups go their way, while the Warriors crashed out of the tournament after finishing fourth.

The Leopards got off to a flying start as they broke the deadlock as early as the fourth minute through their target man Jonathan Bolingi.

The Belgium-based striker pounced and scored with a header from close range to make it 1-0 to DR Congo after Zimbabwe goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze failed to hold Cedric Bakambu’s free-kick.

The Warriors grew in confidence as the match progressed, but Sunday Chidzambwa’s men were struggling to create clear-cut chances for their strikers Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat.

DR Congo, who have won two Afcon titles, looked dangerous every time they pushed forward and they managed to double their lead five minutes after the half-hour mark.

China-based striker Bakambu raced clear and fired past Baroka FC shot-stopper Chipezeze to make it 2-0 to DR Congo with the Zimbabwe defence exposed.

Bolingi, who had opened the scoring, picked up an injury and he was replaced by Middlesbrough FC frontman Britt Assombalonga on the stroke of halftime.

DR Congo were deservedly leading 2-0 at the interval after taking their chances in the first half.

Chidzambwa introduced Nyasha Mushekwi, who is a striker by trade, seven minutes after the restart as Zimbabwe looked to pull one back.

However, the Leopards continued to attack in search of more goals and they were awarded a penalty after Bakambu was fouled by Chipezeze in the box.

Bakambu then stepped up and fired past Chipezeze, who had replaced injured George Chigova in the starting line-up, to make it 3-1 to DR Congo five minutes after the hour-mark.

It was 4-0 to DR Congo following a mistake by Chipezeze as the goal-minder fumbled the ball and Assombalonga hit the back of the net with 12 minutes left.

Zimbabwe pushed for a late consolation goal, but Tino Kadewere was brilliantly denied by goalkeeper Ley Matampi to ensure that DR Congo recorded a 4-0 victory on the night.




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