Congo capture third in penalty shoot-out
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP):
Congo beat hosts Equatorial Guinea 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out yesterday after the third-place game at the African Cup of Nations ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Javier Balboa and Raul Fabiani missed Equatorial Guinea's first two spot-kicks. Cedric Mongongu sealed victory for the Congolese, sending his penalty into the top right corner.
The teams were goalless after a lacklustre contest at a half-empty Malabo Stadium. The third-place game at the African Cup skips extra time and goes straight to penalties.
It capped a fairly miserable week for Equatorial Guinea, who lost 3-0 to Ghana in the semi-finals at the same stadium in Malabo and was fined $100,000 for the fan violence that marred that game.
The shoot-out was the first so far at the African Cup. CÙte d'Ivoire play Ghana in the final today.
Balboa was a hero for Equatorial Guinea with a last-minute penalty in the win over Tunisia in the quarter-finals, but he missed the first penalty of the shoot-out, pushing it high and to the right. Fabiani had his penalty saved by veteran Congo keeper Robert Kidiaba.
It was Congo's best result at an African Cup since finishing third in 1998. Equatorial Guinea made the last four for the first time in their history.