Ivory Coast v DR Congo

Defending champions Ivory Coast will look to shift gears when they meet the Democratic Republic of Congo in an Africa Cup of Nations Group C fixture at Stade d’Oyem on Friday.

The Elephants dominated possession in their opening encounter against Togo on Monday but had to settle for a draw.

The Central Africans, meanwhile, head into the match knowing a win will guarantee them a spot in the quarter-finals after they shocked Morocco 1-0 in their first outing.

Leopards coach Florent Ibenge will be without defender, Joyce Lomalisa, who came on as a substitute against the Atlas Lions but was sent off after just 16 minutes on the pitch.

Ivory Coast coach Michel Dussuyer, who was highly critical of his side after the draw in Oyem – saying they lacked 'quality and mobility' – knows this game has developed into a must-win for his charges.

"There is no need for panic," Dussuyer said. "Two victories will assure us of a place in the knockout stage."

History suggests that this will be a tight match, with the two nations having met seven times, each of them winning three and drawing one.

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