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Bolasie Reaches AFCON Quarter-Finals

27 January 2015

Yannick Bolasie and his DR Congo side have made it through to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after drawing 1-1 with Tunisia last night.

The Eagles winger played the full 90 minutes to help the Leopards secure their third successive draw in the tournament to finish second in the group behind their opponents, and set up a last eight showdown against neighbours Congo on Saturday.

Tunisia had taken the lead just after the half hour mark when Ahmed Akaichi headed the ball in, but an hour in Jeremy Bolika was brought on as a substitute and just six minutes later he got himself on the scoresheet to level things up.

With Cape Verde being held to a goalless draw against Zambia, the point was enough to send Bolasie's side into the quarter-finals by virtue of having scored one more goal than Cape Verde, and reach the knockout stages for the first time in nine years.

As well as Tunisia and the two Congolese countries, hosts Equatorial Guinea have made it through the group stages, and tonight Kwesi Appiah will be hoping that Ghana can also progress.

The Eagles striker has been an unused substitute in the Black Stars' opening two games, and he will be hoping to see some action when they take on South Africa in their final group game.

They simply have to match or better Algeria's result from their game against Senegal to qualify from the group, having amassed four points from their two matches so far.

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