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Bolasie's DR Congo Shock Ivory Coast

16 October 2014


Yannick Bolasie laid on three assists as his Democratic Republic of Congo side beat African giants Ivory Coast 4-3 to keep their hopes of qualifying for January's Africa Cup of Nations on track.

The Eagles winger put in a star performance for the Leopards, who led 3-1 at the break but were pegged back during the course of the second half however netted a late winner to move back into second place in their group, ahead of the Ivorians.

Having lost to the same side just four days earlier, Bolasie helped his side to an early lead when he beat two defenders before setting up Neeskens Keban for the opener but Yaya Toure blasted home a quick-fire equaliser.

However 10 minutes later Junior Kabananga netted a brilliant bicycle kick to put Congo back in front, and they stretched their lead when Bolasie set up Jeremy Bokila who volleyed home.

Despite being reduced to 10 men early in the second half, the Elephants hit back and scored twice through Salomon Kalou, but two minutes from time Bolasie and Bolika linked up again to allow the striker to grab his second of the game and clinch a priceless victory.

DR Congo are now equal on six points with the Ivorians with two games to play, but have a better goal difference which could prove crucial with the top two automatically qualifying for the finals in Morocco at the start of the year.

One team that has qualified is Algeria, as Adlene Guedioura's side brushed past Malawi 3-0 to book their place in the competition although the Eagles midfielder failed to participate in the game.

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