Former West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku emerged as the hero for the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, scoring a stunning free-kick to propel his nation into the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals with a 3-1 victory over Guinea.
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With the game finely poised at 2-1 and tension mounting, Masuaku stepped up in the 82nd minute to curl a delightful free-kick beyond the Guinea wall and into the net. The goal sent the DR Congo bench and fans into raptures, effectively sealing their passage to the last four.
Masuaku’s strike capped off a thrilling encounter that saw DR Congo take the lead through Yoane Wissa in the 66th minute. Guinea responded quickly through Mohamed Bayo just two minutes later, but their joy was short-lived as Cédric Bakambu restored DR Congo’s advantage in the 74th minute.
The win sets up a mouthwatering semi-final clash for DR Congo, where they will face either hosts Ivory Coast or Mali. The team will be aiming to continue their dream run in the tournament and potentially reach their first AFCON final since 1998.