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Bolasie Brace Seals Congo Qualification

20 November 2014

Yannick Bolasie picked the perfect time to score his first two international goals as his brace sealed the Democratic Republic of Congo's place in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Palace winger was superb during the Leopards' 3-1 win over Sierra Leone which saw them qualify for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea as the best third-placed side having amassed nine points from their six games.

Having fallen a goal behind in Kinshasa after 35 minutes, Bolasie came to the rescue by pulling his side level with his maiden strike for the country just before the break, and a penalty from Cedric Mongongu on the hour mark put them ahead.

With results going their way, the hosts needed the make sure they hung onto all three points and in injury-time Bolasie sealed the victory when he scored a sensational goal, chesting down a long ball before belting a half-volley into the net.

With Nigeria unable to beat South Africa in their final game, that meant that Bolasie will be representing his country in the finals in January and he could be joined by Adlene Guedioura whose Algeria side finished top of their group despite losing 2-0 to Mali, although the Eagles midfielder didn't feature.

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