Ivory Coast fight back to keep Africa Cup of Nations chances alive as Morocco see off Togo

Reigning champions showed resolve

Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Wilfried Bony, Africa Cup of Nations

Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony controls the ball on his head during their training session at the Stade Akoakam, Oyem, Gabon, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, ahead of their African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match against Congo. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions Ivory Coast have kept their 2017 chances alive after fighting back to earn a 2-2 draw against group rivals DR Congo.

After drawing 0-0 with Togo in their opening group match, a defeat for the Elephants would have severely dented their hopes of getting out of Group C.

They found themselves 1-0 down to a Neeskens Kebano goal after just nine minutes.

But Stoke City striker Wilfried Bony headed the Ivorians level on 26 minutes.

However, DR Congo were back in front soon after as Junior Kabananga converted with a header of his own on 28 minutes. 

But with 23 minutes of the match to go, Ivory Coast were able to salvage a draw as Serey Die scored.

The result leaves the 2015 champions on two points, two behind DR Congo, who beat Morocco in their opening game.

The Moroccans got themselves back on track in their game against Togo.

The Atlas Lions defeated Emmanuel Adebayor and co 3-1 to move onto three points, one clear of Ivory Coast, who they face next and one behind leaders DR Congo.

Mathieu Dossevi gave Togo an early lead after just five minutes.

But Moroco hit back quickly with Aziz Bouhaddouz heading in nine minutes later.

Romain Saiss' header on 21 minutes put Morocco in front. Youssef En-Nesyri's shot 18 minutes from time made sure of the win for Morocco.