Result: Congo DR fight back for draw with Ghana

Congo DR fight from two goals down to take a 2-2 draw with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Congo DR came from two goals down to earn a draw with Ghana in their opening match in the Africa Cup of Nations this afternoon.

Congo DR's Tresor Mputu scores the equaliser against Ghana on January 20, 2013© PA Photos

Both sides had opportunities early in the game, Asamoah Gyan causing problems for the Congo defence, while Dieumerci Mbokani helped set up a good chance for Tresor Mputu.

Ghana took the lead just before half time, Kwadwo Asamoah teaming up with Gyan to set Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu up for a tap in from close range for the first goal of the tournament.

Ghana's Emmanuel Badu celebrates scoring the opening goal against Congo DR on January 20, 2013© PA Photos

The four-time champions doubled their advantage just after the break, Asamoah heading in another close-range effort.

The goal triggered an immediate response from Congo, with Mputu clinically firing the ball in to get his side back in the match.

Congo were given a chance to equalise when Mbokani had his shirt tugged in the penalty box, resulting in the referee awarding a spot kick. The Anderlecht striker duly sent the Ghana keeper the wrong way to level the scores.

Congo DR's Dieudonne Mbokani celebrates after converting a penalty to level the score against Ghana on January 20, 2013© PA Photos

The goalkeepers were called on to make crucial saves towards the end of the game as both sides looked for a winning goal.

However, neither were able to take a lead, resulting in the third draw from three matches in the competition so far.

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