Thursday January 24, 2013 Group Stage: Group B Finished Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Niger 0 - 0 Congo DR

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  1. African Cup of Nations - Niger collect first point with draw against DR Congo

    African Cup of Nations - Niger collect first point with draw against DR Congo

    Niger earned a first point at the African Cup of Nations to keep slim hopes of progress with a 0-0 draw against DR Congo. More

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    • Niger
    • Congo DR
    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! A 0-0 draw. Niger earn their first point in this tournament. Both teams still in the finals. But DR Congo need to beat Mali to progress.
    • 90+3' Talatou fires the shot at goal from 22 yards out, but Kidiaba springs to his left to prevent the ball from hitting the net. Real chance to play in a team-mate. Should have perhaps have looked for a companion rather than trying to hit the net.
    • 90+2' DR coach Claude Le Roy not looking too displeased deep into stoppage time.
    • 89' We are into five minutes of time added on in Port Elizabeth.
    • 88' Time ticking down now as Niger throw the ball long.
    • 87' Issa Modibo Sidibé departs to be replaced by Alhassane Issoufou for Niger.
    • 86' Kassaly down on the deck in his own area needing a spot of treatment.
    • 85' Dan Kowa has escaped with some late challenges this evening. Mbokani the latest to feel his attentions.
    • 84' Kassaly comes off his line to shove the ball out of his area. Wasn't the most convincing piece of handling, but gets the ball out of his box.
    • 83' A booking here for Mbokani. Assume that must be for dissent.
    • 82' Niger needing this goal more than DR Congo, who would go through with a win over Mali in their final game. Unless there is a goal here.
    • 81' Mbokani caught by a perfect sliding challenge from Dan Kowa. Took a huge risk making that challenge.
    • 80' Anderlecht's Mbokani could well be the match-winner here if DR Congo can engineer a path to goal.
    • 78' An offside flag is raised against Mbokani. This game well and truly in the melting pot.
    • 77' Tonji has been booked for a late tug on Makiadi as he threatened to race clear. I think that is called taking one for the team.
    • 76' Mbokani just fails to connect with a one-two moving forward. Much better movement from the DR Congo side, who have been disappointing in this second period.
    • 75' Tonji takes over from Koudize for Niger. Little surprise. His tackling is a liability.
    • 74' Issiaka Koudize on the ground again after he throws in another poor, poor tackle.
    • 73' DR Congo on the attack again, but a move breaks down 30 yards from the Niger goal. Seems to have been the story of most of the night.
    • 72' Koudize is down on the deck and requiring some attention after over extending his leg in a challenge.
    • 71' Plenty of vibrant colours and noise in the stands, but no nearer to finding an opening goal.
    • 69' Lancina with a long throw into the DR Congo box, but Maazou is unable to get on the end of it.
    • 68' Matumonab arrives to replace Mputu for DR Congo.
    • 67' Kasusula delivers a free-kick, but all too easy for Niger to clear before Mbokani's cutback is given similar treatment. Neither side yet to open the door.
    • 66' Makiadi smashes a long range shot over the bar. That effort was certainly travelling.
    • 65' Kasusula watching the dangerous Maazou, who needs no encouragement to go on a run and get his shooting boots on out there.
    • 64' Mputu sees a rare glimpse of that Niger goal in this second period, but the shot is flashed across the goal and wide.
    • 63' Kassaly with the ball in the Niger box before he thumps it long down the park. Will Niger's fitness levels hold up? Have worked so hard to close space.
    • 62' One goal might well be enough to win this contest. Niger getting more bodies up the park.
    • 61' Niger have taken off the gloves here. Claude Le Roy looking slightly concerned about this.
    • 60' Maazou with a fine header from Soumaila's cross. Lovely play. Decent diving save by Kidiaba.
    • 59' Patou Kabangu departs for DR Congo to be replaced by striker Dioko Kaluyituka.
    • 58' Issiaka Koudize with a late challenge on Mulumbu. Some bad challenges going in off the ball.
    • 57' Niger certainly giving this a right good go in the second half.
    • 56' Maazou takes up another excellent position in the DR Congo box, but some frantic defending prevents him from getting a clear sight at goal. Ball deflects behind.
    • 55' Kidiaba quick to halt a shot by Soumaila seconds later. Hit with some force, but no real direction.
    • 54' Maazou hammers a shot at goal. Decent stop by Kidiaba, who makes his first real save of the night.
    • 53' Mbokani caught offside seconds later. One false move from either side could spell curtains for them at this tournament.
    • 52' Issiaka Koudize goes through Mbokani with a horrid challenge. How he isn't booked for that..strange decision by the referee.
    • 51' A few more challenges fly in at pace before Kidiaba picks up a disappointing free-kick. Will take those all night long.
    • 50' Decent break from the back by Maazou, but he ends up lifting the cross straight out of play. Disappointing end to that move.
    • 49' Lua-Lua given the hook at the break to be replaced by Kanda for DR Congo.
    • 48' Boubacar has departed for Niger to be replaced by Talatou.
    • 47' Niger keeping the ball at the back. Couple of changes for both teams at half-time.
    • 46' And off we go then for this second period.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break! 0-0 at half-time. All to play for in the second period.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on in the first period.
    • 43' Lua Lua again dances to the edge of the Niger box, but just overdoes it. All too easy for Niger to clear the danger.
    • 42' Kassaly holds a long-range dive after his earlier heroics. That isn't going to trouble him in this sort of form.
    • 41' Niger will certainly be the happier team to get to the break all level here.
    • 40' Lovely pass by Mputu to play in his team-mate, but Niger somehow survive that latest attack.
    • 39' Another wonderful save by Kassaly to spread himself and block from the Mbokani shot. Brilliant goalkeeping.
    • 38' A Mexican wave has just broken out around the ground which tends to suggest the way this game is going.
    • 37' A booking for Maazou after a late, sliding challenge on Cedric Makiadi.
    • 36' Kasusula throws over a high, looping hopeful cross. Kassaly quickly off his line to collect the ball.
    • 35' Fatokouma fouled by Mulumbu out wide. Some decent ball skills by him to get himself out of a tight spot.
    • 34' Dan Kowa takes no chances as he empties the ball straight out of play. And on we go at 0-0.
    • 33' DR Congo continue to produce some anxious moments in front of the Niger goal, but they also look the likelier side.
    • 32' Ball breaks to Lua Lua in the Niger area. Youssouf Mulumbu then with the shot, but he fires the ball wide. Should have been the opening goal.
    • 31' Niger's hopes of winning their first match at this African Cup of Nations continue to be given hope by DR Congo's inability to cut them open.
    • 30' 30 minutes into this match and the pattern seems to find Niger planted on the edge of their own box in numbers every time DR Congo threaten to attack.
    • 29' Dan Kowa doing well to clear the danger from Lua Lua's attempted pass through the middle of the Niger rearguard.
    • 28' Play resumes after a minute. DR Congo coach Claude Le Roy cuts an animated figure at the side of the park.
    • 26' Issiaka Koudize on the deck here needing a spot of treatment. These tackles not lacking any muscle.
    • 25' Niger holding firm in the face of some decent passing movements by Congo before Boubacar ends up sending a pass straight out of play.
    • 24' Lancina is sent tumbling to the deck by Mputu in the Niger area. Clear foul and a free-kick to Niger.
    • 23' Lancina studies his options before thumping a shot high and wide from distance. Poor finish really.
    • 22' Robert Kidiaba comes to collect a high ball with Moussa Maazou hoping for a handling error by the goalkeeper.
    • 21' Defeat for either of these sides will see them both tumble out of this tournament so they both know what is at stake this evening. Defeat not an option.
    • 20' Modibo Sidibe in need of some treatment after colliding with Larrys Mabiala earlier in this match.
    • 19' Mohamed Bachar decides to unload a shot from distance, but well over the bar. Slack play again by DR Congo in some key areas.
    • 18' Lua Lua showing some quick feet, but Niger have three bodies around him to thwart any danger.
    • 17' Niger back on the ball in their own half. Trying to play the passing game, but feeling the heat from a DR Congo side who are obviously of a higher technical quality.
    • 16' Moussa Maazou set to pull the trigger from distance, but the referee deemed there had been a handball used.
    • 15' Some meaty challenges flying in out there before DR Congo wallop the ball long from deep.
    • 14' Gernot Rohr, the coach of Niger, trying to encourage his side to keep their shape. Which is easier said than done.
    • 13' Niger's defence cut wide open trying to play the offside trap. Mbokani can't believe that save. Little wonder.
    • 12' Dieumerci Mbokani sees Kassaly make a magnificent diving stop to prevent his volley from hitting the net. Brilliant effort and save.
    • 11' Game raging from end to end, but Niger must be quietly content with the opening to the match.
    • 10' Chicoto with a hopeful pass from deep. All a bit aimless as the pass flies straight into the arms of Kidiaba in the DR Congo goal.
    • 9' Mbokani breaks forward for DR Congo, but ends up giving the ball away. Couldn't pick out Lua Lua with the pass.
    • 8' Plenty of noise in the stadium if not the numbers. Lua Lua earns his side a corner-kick.
    • 7' DR Congo looking the more comfortable side in possession. Refusing to be hurried before a pass by Kabangu is hurtled straight out of play.
    • 6' Niger have never led a match in the African Cup of Nations. A historic moment is passed up with that Sidibe miss.
    • 5' This game has certainly opened up at a vibrant enough pace. Certainly more animated than the match between Ghana and Mali earlier on.
    • 4' Loose ball breaks to Lua Lua from the lay-off by Mputu, but he wallops his effort wide. Another decent chance for DR Congo.
    • 3' Modibo Sidibe somehow hits a post. Slack play by DR Congo, but Niger can't cash in. What a let-off that is for DR Congo. Kidiaba was beaten by that shot, but the post saved him.
    • 2' Lomana Lua Lua thumps a volley well over the bar. Worth a hit, but always difficult to turn the ball home from such a tight angle.
    • 1' We are off and running. Niger get the action started in Port Elizabeth.
    • 17:55 Players on their way out for this one then. Darkness has descended on Port Elizabeth. Not too sure there are many more fans in from earlier on.
    • 17:50 The referee is Bouchaib Al Ahrach of Morocco.
    • 17:45 DR Congo: 1-Robert Kidiaba; 2-Mpeko Issama, 5-Larrys Mabiala, 17-Cedric Mongongu, 3-Jean Kasusula; 18-Cedric Makiadi, 7-Youssouf Mulumbu, 4-Patou Kabangu, 8-Tresor Mputu; 9-Dieumerci Mbokani, 15-Lomana Lua Lua
    • 17:45 Teams: Niger: 16-Daouda Kassaly; 13-Mohamed Chicoto, 8-Kourouma Fatokouma, 18-Koffi Dan Kowa, 21-Mohamed Bachar; 19-Issiaka Koudize, 23-Mohamed Soumaila, 3-Karim Lancina, 14-Issoufou Boubacar; 7-Modibo Sidibe, 2-Moussa Maazou
    • 17:40 DR Congo opt to make one change from the 2-2 draw with Ghana as defender Larrys Mabiala is replaced by Landry Mulemo. Niger stick with the same side despite losing 1-0 to Mali on Sunday.
    • 17:35 Here is the report from the earlier match in Group B as Mubarak Wakaso scored a penalty to give Ghana a 1-0 win over Mali. African Cup of Nations - Ghana benefit from referee blunder to sink Mali
    • 17:30 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Niger against DR Congo from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. A 6pm start in this match.
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    Manager: Gernot Rohr

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    Manager: Claude Le Roy

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