AFCON 2015 DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast Player Ratings

DR CONGO

Robert Kidiaba 6

Made the routine saves, not much he could have done about the goals.

Issama Mpeko 6

Dealt well with Gervinho, so much so that the Roma winger had to switch sides.

Gabriel Zakuani 6

Two goal-line clearances by the Peterbrough man. Had it not been for him, there may have been a few more goals.

Joel Kimwaki 7

Very good performance with several crucial tackles in his own penalty area. He recorded the most tackles in the game with seven.

Jean Kasusula 5

Sloppy on the ball and could not cope with Gervinho’s off-the-ball runs.

Chancel Mbemba 7

Composed beyond his years, physically matched Serey Die and Yaya Toure, especially during the first half.

Cedric Makiadi 5

Had little influence on the game despite being the more experience midfielder.

Cedrick Mabwati 5

A lot of pace and running but never looked like creating anything.

Yannick Bolasie 5

Under-cooked pass led to Gervinho’s goal, generally could not impose himself on the game.

Jeremy Bokila 5

Started off strongly but faded especially once Mbokani went off.

Dieumerci Mbokani 6

Caused Ivory Coast problems in the air. It was bizarre to see him substituted, and he was as confused as onlookers about his substitution.

Notable substitutions

Junior Kabananga 4

Came on for Mbokani and did little.

Neeskens Kebano 6

Another lively cameo from the bench, mystifying how he did not start.

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IVORY COAST

Sylvain Gbohouo 6

Still jittery at times and poor with his distribution but, at the same time, has been consistently solid throughout the tournament.

Serge Aurier 8

Tireless performance, was particularly dangerous when surging forward. Header from a corner resulted in Kanon’s goal.

Eric Bailly 5

Recovered well after giving his penalty away, but aerially suspect in the first half with a couple of mistimed jumps, including for the penalty.

Kolo Toure 7

Rolling back the years in this tournament. Another solid all-round performance.

Wilfried Kanon 7

Another solid performance. Dealt well with DR Congo’s pace and didn’t fluff his lines – so trusted that Renard move him to left back to counter DR Congo’s pace down the flank.

Siaka Tiene 6

Severely tested by a pacey DR Congo side, the left wing-back had to be reserved and was eventually substituted as Renard sought for more pace.

Serey Die 6

Not as influential as he was against Algeria but typically committed and disruptive.

Yaya Toure 7

More touches than any player on the pitch and some sublime, world class passes. Net-ripping shot to give his country the lead.

Max Gradel 5

One of the revelations of the tournament but not as lively and decisive in this one as he was in his previous outings.

Gervinho 7

Not at his very best, with a touch that was a little off, but got his goal just before half time.

Wilfried Bony 6

Held the ball up well and assisted Gervinho’s goal.

Notable substitutions

Salomon Kalou 5

Replaced Gradel but didn’t match him in output or work ethic.

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