Congo lose to hosts Mexico at the Under-17 World Cup

Fifa's Under-17 World Cup trophy
Congo are still in with a chance of advancing at the Under-17 World Cup

Congo Brazzaville were reduced to nine men as they lost 2-1 to hosts Mexico at the Under-17 World Cup on Tuesday evening.

Despite the loss Congo remain second in Group A after North Korea held European champions Holland to a 1-1 draw.

Jorge Espericueta opened the scoring for Mexico in the 40th minute.

After the break Congo were reduced to ten men before Bel Epako equalised, another red card followed and Julio Gomez won the game in the 85th minute.

Mexico, backed by the home crowd, created several chances before Espericueta side-footed home after a cross from Francisco Flores.

Congo's task became even harder when just seven minutes after half-time when Cisse Bassoumba was dismissed for a foul on Arturo Gonzalez.

That prompted Congo coach Eddie Hudanski to substitute his main attacking option Mavis Tchibota for a more defensive line-up.

The Baby Red Devils, however, kept pushing for an equaliser and were rewarded in the 73rd minute with a goal from Epako.

He took advantage of a defensive mix-up on the edge of the area and managed to get his shot past Richard Sanchez.

Things got worse for Congo just four minutes later Gildas Mpassi was shown a straight red card for a rough challenge.

Mexico took full advantage of their extra men and grabbed a winner five minutes from time.

Giovani Casillas broke down the left side and crossed low for Gomez to score a winner that takes the hosts into the last 16 of the tournament.

The final group games are on 24 June and Congo will join Mexico in the last 16 if they can beat North Korea.

A draw could be enough for the Congolese if the Dutch fail to win their game against Mexico.