Jan 22, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Polokwane
Congo DR
Ndikumana (15')
Hakizimana (19'), Moussa (79')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Mundele (25', 38')
Miala Nkulukuta (61')

Live Commentary: Burundi 1-2 Congo DR - as it happened

Sports Mole brings you live coverage of the match between Burundi and Congo DR in the African Nations Championship.

Congo DR are through to the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship after they recorded a 2-1 victory over Burundi.

Selemani Ndikumana gave Burundi an early lead, but after missing a penalty, Jean-Marc Mundele struck twice before half time to earn his side a vital win.

Congo DR will now face Ghana on Sunday for a place in the semi-finals.

Read below to see how the action unfolded in Polokwane.

4.32pmHello, and welcome to Sports Mole's coverage of the African Nations Championship match between Burundi and Congo DR.

4.35pmIt's the final day of group games in the African Nations Championship, and we should have an intriguing match ahead of us. Burundi can qualify for the last eight with a point this evening, but Congo DR could eliminate them if they can record a victory in Polokwane.

4.36pmFancy some team news? I thought that you might. Full details to follow...

4.38pmBURUNDI XI: Arakaza; Leon, Hassan, Frederic, Issa; Gael, Christophe, Yussuf; Ndarusanze, Fiston, Selemani

4.41pmCONGO DR XI: Muteba; Mpela, Kilitsho, Miala, Muselenge, Simbi; Madibi, Ndombe, Basisila, Mavuanga; Mundele

4.44pmIn the other game in this group, Gabon face Mauritania. Gabon require just a point to move through to the quarter-finals, while Mauritania are playing for pride after losing their opening two games. You can follow all of the action by clicking here.

4.48pmPREDICTION! Burundi could perhaps count themselves fortunate to get past Mauritania in their last fixture after Selemani struck in the third minute of added-on time. Congo have shown that they have a mean defence, with the only goal that they have conceded coming right at the start of their encounter with Gabon. It has all the makings of a tight match, but I think Gabon might just edge it by the odd goal in three.

4.52pmWe are less than 10 minutes away from kickoff at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. The attendances have varied between 2,000 and 6,000 for the previous games at this ground, and I would expect today's attendance to be somewhere in the middle. Nevertheless, there has been a party atmosphere at the majority of the group games in this tournament, and I would imagine that it will be no different here.

4.57pmThe two teams have made their way out in South Africa. We should be underway shortly.

4.59pmThere are a few nervous-looking faces in Polokwane. There certainly doesn't look anywhere near between 2,000 and 6,000 inside the stadium.

1 minWe are underway in this final group game of Group D.

3 minA long ball over the top nearly gets Mundele in on goal, but Arakaza was quick off his line to deal with the potential danger.

5 minCongo look quick on the break, and they put a fantastic move together, before a cross from the left is cleared for a corner.

6 minDISALLOWED GOAL! We have only had six minutes, and there is already controversy in Polokwane. Mundele reacts fastest after Arakaza spills a long-range effort, but the referee rules that he kicked the ball out of the goalkeeper's hands. I don't know about that one!

8 minWOODWORK! What an effort from Kilitsho! The left-back is over a free-kick to the right-hand side of the penalty area, but he unleashes a driven effort that hits the underside of the bar and bounces clear!

12 minThere has already been two goals in the match between Mauritania and Gabon. Mauritania took a surprise lead, but they were pegged back within a couple of minutes, so we are as you were in that.

15 minGOAL! Burundi 1-0 Congo DR (S.Ndikumana)

15 minI was just about to comment that Congo DR had bossed the opening 15 minutes, but Burundi have raced up the pitch to score! It was a wonderful move which eventually found Selemani all on his own on the left. The Burundi captain appeared to have taken too much time, but he got his shot away in the nick of time to find the bottom corner from 12 yards.



19 minWhat a chance for Congo DR. Ndome was scythed down by Issa after a super run from the left, which resulted in the Burundi defender being booked. However, Arakaza guessed right to save from Mundele, but in truth, it was a poor spot-kick.

25 minGOAL! Burundi 1-1 Congo DR (Mundele)

25 minFinally, Congo DR get the goal that their play deserved. The ball fell to Mundele around 30 yards out, and after evading the attentions of the defender, he volleyed the ball into the roof of the net from 16 yards.

29 minMaybe things will calm back down after that frantic 10 minutes! Congo DR should be a couple of goals ahead, with Mundele arguably having a hat-trick, but it hasn't gone for them.

30 minWe are still level in the other game too. There wasn't much point in the opening half-hour of either match, was there?

33 minThat could be the end of Yussuf Ndikumana's game. He falls in a heap on the ground after passing a ball, appearing to tear his groin muscle. He has been stretchered off.

36 minCongo DR have had a massive 62% of possession in this match. To be honest, it seems like more than that.

38 minGOAL! Burundi 1-2 Congo DR (Mundele)

38 minCongo finally take the lead in this football match, and of course, it's thanks to Mundele. The striker has been involved in everything that Congo have put together, and after the ball arrived in the box from the right, he made no mistake in directing the ball into the bottom corner.

42 minCongo are continuing to try to get the ball to Mundele, but Burundi are doing all that they can to starve off that threat. A third Congo goal before half time would all but kill this match off.

45 minThere will be three minutes of added-on time.

45+3 minHALF TIME: Burundi 1-2 Congo DR

5.51pmThe referee brings an end to an exciting 45 minutes in Polokwane. Despite being second best, Burundi took an early lead, but a couple of goals from Mundele have deservedly given Congo DR the advantage.

5.56pmIt remains 1-1 in the game between Mauritania and Gabon. So then, as it stands, Gabon are going through as group winners on seven points, with Congo DR qualifying as runners-up on six points. That would mean that Burundi, who began the day at the top of the group, would miss out.

6.01pmIf Congo continue to play the way they are, Burundi will lose this match, so they need to change things up. If they can stop Mundele playing so effectively, they would have solved half the problem, so maybe they could man-mark the Bel Or attacker? It's certainly an option.

46 minBurundi gets us underway in the second half.

48 minCongo start the second half like they finished the first, but the final ball is lacking a killer touch.

51 minSHOT! Mundele looks a class above anyone else on the pitch, but when he goes in search of his hat-trick, he fires the ball over from 20 yards. Remarkably, he has only featured in 18 minutes of the other two group fixtures.

54 minPembele, who has just been introduced from the bench, is taken out on the left-hand side to earn a free kick, but it's an abysmal delivery, with Arakaza easily claiming the ball.

59 minEFFORT! Pembele has looked impressive since his introduction, but after cutting inside and drifting past a couple of Burundi players, he scuffed his shot straight at the goalkeeper.

62 minBOOKING! I don't think that they come much more cynical than that! Selemani is racing down the left-hand side, but he is blatantly pulled back by Congo's Eric Nkulukuta Miala

67 minBurundi are still struggling to create anything worthwhile on the Congo goal. However, there is goal news from Mauritania and Gabon...

70 minMauritania have the lead! That's great news for Burundi. If Gabon don't equalise, then they are heading through to the quarter-finals.

73 minOUCH! Congo goalkeeper Muteba and Burundi winger Selemani have just clashed after they both dived in to claim a ball in the penalty area. The goalkeeper has come out of it with a blow to his arm and groin, while the winger is currently off the pitch with a kick to the face and a leg injury.

74 minThe Burundi player was booked for that incident. That's very harsh!

77 minCongo make progress up the other end of the pitch to earn a corner, but it's easily cleared by Burundi. They haven't maintained the cutting edge of the first half, probably because Mundele has drifted out of the game.

80 minBOOKED! Burundi's Moussa has flown through the back of Mavuanga, and he is rightly booked for the challenge.

83 minBurundi have less than 10 minutes to earn something from this game, but Mauritania still lead against Gabon so they will be competing in the last eight. However, it only takes one goal from Gabon to change everything.

87 minIt's Congo who are providing all of the late pressure in Polokwane, but they can't do anything meaningful with the ball. There's been a goal in the other match in this group...

88 minGabon have equalised! That's going to move them into second position, leaving Burundi out of the last eight. Burundi need a goal!

90 minThere will be three minutes of added-on time.

90+2 minThat's incredibly greedy from Mavuanga, who shoots from all of 35 yards when he has a man over in support. As you would expect, the ball never threatened the goal.

90+4 minFULL-TIME: Burundi 1-2 Congo DR

6.53pmThe referee blows the full-time whistle, and Congo have defeated Burundi to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament. As for Burundi, it looks as though they are heading home.

6.54pmThere's even more drama in the other game. Gabon have netted a dramatic winner, and that goal will see them qualify as group winners, just 10 minutes after it had appeared as though they were going out!

6.55pmIn the last eight, it will be Libya versus Gabon, while Congo DR will be up against Ghana. Those games will take place at the weekend.

6.56pmThat will be all from Sports Mole for this match. Thank you for joining us. It's goodbye for now.

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