Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will square off at the Stade de la Paix stadium on February 2 in a knockout round match for the Africa Cup of Nations.
DR Congo advanced to the final 8 of the continental extravaganza after overcoming Egypt, who also lost in regulation time and were eliminated on penalties. The DRC has not won a game in Cote d’Ivoire. In the sudden-death rounds, Pharaohs goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal struck the woodwork, giving Sebastien Desabre’s team a lucky break that allowed Lionel M’Pasi to score easily from the spot. The Leopards’ victory over Rui Vitoria’s team is the result of their first Cup of Nations knockout match since 2015, when they advanced to the semi-finals and finished 3rd. After tying all 6 of their group stage matches in the 2013 and 2015 AFCONs, DR Congo has now drawn 5 of the past 6 matches, which is their second-longest run in the competition.
As for Guinea, their lengthy streak without a knockout stage victory at the finals came to an end with a last-gasp header by Mohamed Bayo. Emilio Nsue’s botched penalty kick and Federico Bikoro’s 55th-minute ejection for the Ecuatoguineana sealed the victory, denying Kaba Diawara’s soldiers extra time. Intriguingly, Guinea advanced to the knockout stages as the top-seeded team in the competition. They now enter the quarterfinals as the lone team from Group C standing, as Senegal and Cameroon were knocked out by Nigeria and Ivory Coast, respectively. Now that they have broken their knockout curse, Diawara’s team aims to advance to the AFCON 2023 semifinals, where they may play either Mali or the tournament hosts. Guinea could achieve the feat of winning 3 games in a single AFCON for the 3rd time, having previously done so in 2006 (they had also won three in 1976).
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DR Congo vs Guinea Match Information
- Date: 02/02/2024
- Time: 03:00 PM ET
- Location: Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara, Abidjan
- Live Stream: beIN Sports USA
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