DR Congo, Ivory Coast through to CHAN semis
31 January 2016, 15:15
Kigali-Favourites Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast needed extra-time goals to beat Rwanda and Cameroon to reach the semi-finals of the African Nations Championship on Saturday.
DR Congo, winners of the inaugural competition in 2009, beat hosts Rwanda 2-1 in the first quarter-final at a sold-out Amahoro national stadium in Kigali.
Doxa Gikanji put the Leopards into an 11th-minute lead when he picked up the ball 30 yards out before scoring a wonderful lob over the Rwandan goalkeeper.
Jean Claude Iranzi was lucky to escape with only a caution for a reckless challenge on Congolese forward Jonathan Bolingi, and it was Iranzi who set up Rwanda's equaliser on 56 minutes.
Iranzi played in Ernest Sugira and the AS Kigali striker fired past DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi for his third goal of the tournament.
Emery Bayisenge had a chance to grab the winning goal for Rwanda in the 89th minute, but his powerful right-footed shot was kept out by a diving Matampi at full-stretch.
DR Congo then took control in extra time, and after two missed opportunities, Botuli Bompunga headed home the winner in the 113th minute to break the hearts of the host nation.
In Butare, the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions Ivory Coast overcame Cameroon 3-0 in an all-West African quarter-final.
After a goalless 90 minutes, second-half substitute Koffi Boua broke the deadlock five minutes into extra time.
Two other goals from Atcho Djobo (102) and Serge N'Guessan (112) were enough to send the Elephants into the last four where they'll meet either Tunisia or Mali next week.