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DR Congo Beats Guinea 3-1, Secures AFCON Semi-Final Spot

Ex-West Ham United defender Arthur Masuaku secured a crucial goal as the Democratic Republic of Congo overcame Guinea 3-1 on Friday, propelling them into the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. Masuaku’s free-kick at the 82nd minute extended their lead in the quarter-final, setting the stage for a clash against either hosts Ivory Coast or Mali in the quest for a spot in the title match.

Despite Guinea taking an early 20th-minute lead through Mohamed Bayo’s penalty, DR Congo swiftly responded with Chancel Mbemba equalizing. The match saw Brentford forward Yoane Wissa putting Congo ahead with a penalty at the 65th minute, followed by Masuaku sealing the victory. The history between the teams, with past encounters resulting in alternating wins and a draw, hinted at a closely contested match.

DR Congo’s journey to the quarterfinals included a second-place finish in Group F and a penalty shootout triumph over seven-time champions Egypt, while Guinea advanced as the best third-placed qualifier. Both teams made a single change in their line-ups from the previous round, showcasing the strategic adjustments made by the coaches.

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