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Ivory Coast vs DR Congo – Afcon semi-final: Hosts face underdogs for final spot

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IVORY COAST are on step away from reaching the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 final on home territory.

The Elephants have been brilliant so far but will have to be at their best again to get past plucky underdogs DR Congo.

Ivory Coast beat Mali to reach the semi-finals of Afcon 2023

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Ivory Coast beat Mali to reach the semi-finals of Afcon 2023
DR Congo's Arthur Masuaku celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's third goal against Guinea

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DR Congo’s Arthur Masuaku celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s third goal against Guinea

Ivory Coast overcame Mali in sensational circumstances in the quarter-finals to reach the Afcon semis.

Two goals, once in the 92nd minute and again in the 120th minute sealed their meeting with DR Congo.

The Leopards, meanwhile, beat Guinea 3-1 and even knocked out Egypt on penalties in the last-16.

When is Ivory Coast vs DR Congo?

  • Ivory Coast’s clash with DR Congo takes place TONIGHT at 8pm GMT.
  • The match will be held at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

What channel is it and can it be live streamed?

  • Ivory Coast vs DR Congo will be broadcast live on BBC Three and Sky Sports Football.
  • You can live stream the match for FREE on BBC iPlayer, providing you have a valid TV license.
  • Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all the action by following SunSport’s live blog.

Team news

Ivory Coast will be without suspended Serge Aurier for their huge semi-final.

Simon Adingra scored the equaliser against Mali last week and could get a start here alongside Sebastian Haller.

And Ibrahim Sangare could return to the XI in place one Franck Kessie.

For DR Congo, they could be without former Chelsea man Gael Kakuta, but they’ll ne more worried about Arthur Masuaku’s risk of suspension for the final.

Odds

  • Ivory Coast – 21/20
  • Draw – 9/5
  • DR Congo – 5/2
  • Ivory Coast to qualify – 8/15
  • DR Congo to qualify – 27/20

*Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

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