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International Round-Up: Bolasie's Congo Beaten

17 November 2014


Yannick Bolasie saw the Democratic Republic of Congo's chances of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations take a turn for the worse as they were beaten 1-0 by Cameroon on Saturday night.

Aboubakar Vince's 71st minute goal was enough for the Indomitable Lions to continue their unbeaten qualifying record and book their place in the finals in Equatorial Guinea in January, meaning Bolasie's side have slipped into third position in their group after the Ivory Coast smashed Sierra Leone 5-1.

That saw them leapfrog Congo into second position with just one match to play, which will see Bolasie's men host Sierra Leone on Wednesday. A victory in that game could see them regain second spot or finish as the best third-placed side and still make the finals.

Another side with high hopes of reaching a major tournament are Wales. who continued their fine start to Euro 2016 qualification with a superb 0-0 draw away in Belgium.

A disciplined display by Joe Ledley in midfield and a clean sheet from Wayne Hennessey saw Chris Coleman's side keep the fourth-best ranked team in the world at bay with both Eagles completing the 90 minutes.

Israel's 3-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina saw them climb above Wales into top spot but the Red Dragons still look well-placed to make the finals in France, which would be their first since 1958.

Last night Marouane Chamakh started Morocco's friendly against Zimbabwe with the captain's armband and he helped guide his side to a 2-1 victory thanks to second half strikes from Oussama Assaidi and Mouhcine Iajour

Elsewhere Adlene Guedioura didn't feature for Algeria as they saw off Ethiopia 3-1 to continue their perfect record to qualification, and Barry Bannan was an unused substitute in Scotland's 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park but could play some part in their friendly against England tomorrow night.

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