Thanks to a Yannick Bolasie penalty yesterday afternoon against Burundi, DR Congo fought their way through to the qualification stages of the 2018 World Cup with a 5-4 aggregate win.
After scoring in the first leg, which DR Congo won 3-2 away from home, the Palace winger grabbed hold of the ball when his side won a crucial penalty in the 77th minute of yesterday’s second meeting, powering his effort home in fine style despite the hopes of a nation resting squarely on his shoulders at that moment.
Burundi did manage to get themselves back to 2-2 in the 89th minute with a penalty of their own, tucked away by Abdul Razak, but with the aggregate scores sitting at 5-4, it was to prove too little too late.
For Yannick, it’s been a traumatic few months following the tragic passing of his father, but by his own admission, he’s now starting to feel as though he’s edging back towards his best.
Having taken on a host of extra responsibilities in his personal life it’s hardly surprising to hear that football has subliminally taken a back seat in his thoughts, but now, with his day to day routines returning to something approaching normality, it looks as though his game is blossoming.
A fine display against Manchester United was followed up by a beautifully taken goal in our win over Liverpool at Anfield and now, with two more goals in consecutive international outings, it seems as though the former Bristol City winger is in the form of his life.
Footage of his wonderfully taken penalty is attached above for you to enjoy. I’m sure you’ll agree, there aren’t many goalkeepers in the world who could have stopped it.