African Nations Cup hosts Equatorial Guinea ended their tournament on a low note as they lost the third-place playoff 4-2 on penalties after drawing 0-0 with the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday.
Both Javier Balboa and Raul Fabiani missed with poor spot kicks, while all four DR Congo penalty-takers found the net, with Cedric Mongongu firing home the decisive kick.
Although supporters largely stayed away from the playoff after fan violence marked Equatorial Guinea’s semifinal defeat to Ghana on Thursday, those in attendance created a fitting atmosphere for the hosts’ final match.
The two defeated semifinalists played out a low-key but well tempered 0-0 draw and had to be separated by the first penalty shootout of this year’s event.
Cedric Mabwati, Lema Mabidi, Chancel Mbemba and Mongongu converted for DR Congo, who received their bronze medals after the match.