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2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Group Stage
  • Jonathan Bolingi (4')
  • C├ędric Bakambu (34', 65' PEN)
  • Britt Assombalonga (78')

Bakambu brace lifts Congo over Zimbabwe

Congo's players greet their supporters after beating Zimbabwe at the Africa Cup of Nations. Getty Images

Cedric Bakambu scored twice for the Democratic Republic of Congo in a comprehensive 4-0 win over Zimbabwe on Sunday that offers them the strong possibility of advancing to the knockout stages of the tournament.

The win ensured third place in Group A for the Congolese, who now have to wait to see whether they are one of the four best third place finishers who go through to compete in the last 16.

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They will only be sure when the group stage is completed on Tuesday but their three points, after losing their opening two games, could prove enough.

Zimbabwe are eliminated in bottom place with only a single point after paying a heavy price for a goalkeeping nightmare at a near empty 30 June Stadium.