Tresor Mputu scored Congo's first goal in the 53rd minute.
Tresor Mputu scored Congo's first goal in the 53rd minute.
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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) -- Congo came back from 2-0 down for a 2-2 draw with Ghana at the African Cup of Nations on Sunday as Group B's opening game swept away the tournament's damp start with a pulsating contest at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu's finely-worked goal late in the first half and Albert Adomah's header early in the second put Ghana two up and on course for an opening win.

Having already threatened to lead in the first half, Claude Le Roy's competitive Congo rallied in the second through Tresor Mputu in the 53rd and Dieumerci Mbokani's penalty.

The African Cup had gone through nearly five halves without a goal before Agyemang Badu scored.

Congo was inches away from winning when Yousuf Mulumbu's late shot was clawed away by Fatawu Dauda.

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