DR Congo deny Libya top spot

Robert Kidiaba prevented Libya going top of Group I when he saved a first half penalty as DR Congo held onto a goalless draw in their World Cup qualification match in Tripoli on Friday evening.

Libya vs Congo

Libya vs Congo

The draw means that Libya move equal with first placed Cameroon on six points, but they sit in second as the Indomitable Lions have a game in hand.

The event marked the first official game played in Libya since the overthrowing of Muammar al-Gaddafi and it was played in front of a host of security personnel.

The opening stages of the game saw both teams evenly paired, but it Libya who were presented with the perfect opportunity to take the lead when they were handed a penalty in the 13th minute.

However, Ahmed Osman failed to convert the effort from the spot as Robert Kidiaba dove to the right and pushed aside the penalty.

That seemed to give the away side a boost of life as they went on to place a good amount of pressure through the quick and tricky passing Mabi Mputu.

Then in the 36th minute, Kidiaba proved himself decisive once again when he punched the ball clear off two opposing players at the back post.

Libya were the ones to come out and apply the pressure at the start of the second half and they continued to do so for the majority of it.

And even though the Congelese defence had to deal with a tremendous onslaught by the Libyan attack, they managed to hold on for the goalless draw and gathered a point.


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