The Democratic Republic of Congo are through to the play-oo round of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after scoring twice against Benin in Group J to top the table.
The clash that was played in Kinshasa was the home team play to their best ability and with discipline, the victory took Les Leopards to 11 points to top the group while Benin finished second just a point adrift DR Congo.
Heading into the fixture, Benin just needed a point in the Congolese capital to get themselves into the play-off round but found themselves pegged back after just ten (10) minutes into the first half.
Dieumerci Mkocani converted from the penalty spot after he was pulled back inside the area. The Congolese held on to their lead, failing to net in a second after a glorious opportunity presented itself.
In the second half, Benin came back strong and with a different approach to the game which put the visitors in the front foot right from the restart. They came close to equalizing four (4) minutes into the second half as Jodel Dossou weaved his way through the Congolese defense into the box but his finish was rather poor and off target.
The Beninese side kept pushing and pilling pressure on the hosts, knowing all they needed to make it through to the play-off rounds was a point.
Their efforts and persistence were fading with a quarter of an hour left on the clock and Ben Malango heading home the second for DR Congo from the edge of the six-yard box after rising higher than the Benin defense to connect to a Dieumerci Amale cross from the right.
DR Congo managed the game then on to ensure they guarded their victory and to earn a ticket to the world cup play-offs.