DR Congo reached the knockout stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after a goalless draw with Tanzania in Korhogo.
The result eliminated the East Africans, who had needed to win to progress themselves.
A point was enough for DR Congo to finish second in Group F behind Morocco, who topped the table thanks to their 1-0 win over Zambia.
The prize for the Leopards is a last-16 tie against Egypt, with Morocco taking on South Africa.
The results in Group F were also enough to see tournament hosts Ivory Coast sneak into the second round as the last of four best third-placed teams.
The Elephants – who had sacked boss Jean-Louis Gasset earlier on Wednesday after finishing third in Group A – will face defending champions Senegal in the last 16 on Monday.
Leopards have better of stalemate
In a drab encounter almost entirely lacking in clear chances, neither side truly came close to breaking the deadlock in what was the first Nations Cup finals meeting between the two nations.
Urged on by a vocal, vibrant set of supporters that dwarfed the contingent backing Tanzania, DR Congo created the better opportunities in the opening period.
Gael Kakuta fired a free-kick straight at Taifa Stars goalkeeper Aishi Manula, who was also quickly off his line to block Fiston Mayele’s effort right on the edge of his penalty area.
Kakuta’s clever through ball then picked out the run of Yoane Wissa but the Brentford forward scuffed his shot after cutting inside.
Tanzania captain Mbwana Samatta had his side’s best effort, spinning in the box to fire over from a tight angle, and chances were at even more of a premium in the second half until Wissa created two openings late on.
First, he brought another good save from the backpedalling Manula, forcing him into a full-length dive to claw away an attempted chip, before blazing over after a scramble from a corner.
But in truth, as a light mist descended on the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium, neither side looked like finding their way to a goal.
The result means Tanzania claim their first ever Nations Cup clean sheet, yet remain winless in nine matches at the tournament, finishing bottom of their group once again.
Two-time winners DR Congo have reached the knockout stage for the fifth time in their past six appearances at the finals and will fancy their chances of overcoming an Egypt side missing Mohamed Salah when the two sides meet in San Pedro on Sunday (20:00 GMT).
- 7MaoSubstituted forYassinat 71′minutes
- 6SalumSubstituted forDenisat 79′minutes
- 12MsuvaSubstituted forAbrahamat 86′minutes
- 10SamattaSubstituted forM’Mombwaat 86′minutes
- 18PickelBooked at 9minsSubstituted forTshibolaat 68′minutes
- 11Katompa MvumpaSubstituted forEliaat 53′minutes
- 14KakutaSubstituted forMfuluat 87′minutes
- 19MayeleSubstituted forBakambuat 68′minutes
- Amin Mohamed Omar
Match ends, Tanzania 0, Congo DR 0.
Second Half ends, Tanzania 0, Congo DR 0.
Substitution, Congo DR. Omenuke Mfulu replaces Gaël Kakuta because of an injury.
Substitution, Tanzania. Morice Abraham replaces Simon Msuva.
Substitution, Tanzania. Charles M’Mombwa replaces Mbwana Samatta because of an injury.
Foul by Mzamiru Yassin (Tanzania).
Gaël Kakuta (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Yoane Wissa (Congo DR) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Ibrahim Hamad.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania).
Offside, Tanzania. Kibu Denis is caught offside.
Ibrahim Hamad (Tanzania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cédric Bakambu (Congo DR).
Substitution, Tanzania. Kibu Denis replaces Feisal Salum.
Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Aishi Manula.
Attempt saved. Yoane Wissa (Congo DR) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gaël Kakuta.
Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Gédéon Kalulu (Congo DR).
Foul by Haji Mnoga (Tanzania).
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Publish date : 2024-01-24 22:28:12