Champions Ivory Coast twice pegged back DR Congo to earn a 2-2 draw and keep alive their hopes of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.
A clever throw-in routine was finished off by Neeskens Kebano’s low drive to put DR Congo 1-0 up but Wilfried Bony equalised with a powerful header.
DR Congo regained the lead only two minutes later when an unmarked Junior Kabananga headed in at the far post.
Ivory Coast salvaged a point when Serey Die’s 20-yard shot was deflected in.
Salmon Kalou was denied a late winner when he volleyed in superbly but the goal was ruled out for offside.
The result stopped DR Congo from booking their place in the last eight with a game to spare and leaves Group C congested – at least until Friday’s late game between Togo and Morocco.