No one wins this Thursday, January 21 between Congo-Brazzaville and Niger, who faced each other in connection with the second day of the group stage of CHAN 2020 (Group B). The Red Devils hit the first thanks to a heavy strike signed by Prince MapataMouandza in the first period. But Mena reappeared after the break on a penalty kick converted by Mossi Issa Moussa. The two nations have advanced during a qualifier in the quarterfinals before the final day.
After the meeting between Libya and the DRC, which saw leopards equalize at the last second (1-1), The Japoma Stadium in Douala was the venue for the second match on this second day of the first round of CHAN 2020 (group B). Congo-Brazzaville, beaten when they competed in the DRC (1-0), and Niger, who had conceded a draw against the Libyans (0-0), aimed for victory to bounce back and dream a little more in the quarter-finals. finale.
Finally, as in the match played a little earlier, the two selections are separated in a 1-1 draw, which does not suit anyone but leaves at least a chance for everyone to hope to participate in the rest of the competition.
Mapata Mouandza makes the powder speak
Mena of Niger came very strongly into this match. In seconds, Pavelh Ndzila, the Congolese goalkeeper and captain, saved his camp twice. He first rejected a blind attempt from Garba Halidou Idrissa. Then, in a continuity of action, he won a duel with Ibrahim Djibrila Issa (8th).
Congo-Brazzaville were more efficient in the first 45 minutes. The Red Devils opened the scoring with their only shot on goal in the first act. And what a shot! In addition to a well-constructed action, defender Prince Mapata Mouandza releases from the corner of the penalty area a huge strike with his right foot. His tircanon went to stay under the bar for goalkeeper Abdoul Razak Oumarou Halidou, who could do nothing (35th).
Issa Moussa equalizes and then reaps
After the break, Niger did not give up and ended up being rewarded with being forced to attack an opponent who on his side passed more and more as the minutes ticked by. Dimitri Bissiki, who came into play in the first period, made the fatal mistake by touching the leather of the hand in the area. The referee awarded a penalty. Mossi Issa Moussa, who entered the 57th Nigerian side, did not tremble and left the ball in the skylight (70th) for the 1-1 goal.
In the final minutes, MENA insisted and almost won the bet. Nigera had a golden opportunity in the 87th on an action where the attackers were three against a defender and the goalkeeper behind. But when he forgot his two prominent teammates, Mossi Issa Moussa played the solo card and sent his shot over the line. A harvested apartment that could be expensive at the end of the first round.
In the meantime, everything remains open in this group B after the first two days. DRC alone leads the race with 4 points, but its qualification has not yet been mathematically acquired. Libya and Niger follow with 2 points each, while Congo-Brazzaville last have one point on the clock. The Red Devils are in poor form, but qualifying through the first two places is still available to them. The last day, January 25, with Congo-Libya and the Niger-DRC, promises to be full of excitement.