Everton striker celebrates nation's win and congratulates West Brom star

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The Democratic Republic of Congo defeated rivals Congo this afternoon.

It has certainly been a good day for Belgian international Romelu Lukaku. The Everton striker has been in good form recently and he netted the only goal today as Everton picked up a vital win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Toffees have had a rough season on the domestic front so far, so this was a welcome result.

But it was not just the result of his Everton team and his goal that gave him a boost this weekend.

The African Cup of Nations is now into the quarter-final stage and today saw Democratic Republic of Congo take on Congo in something of a big clash.

The two local rivals clashed this afternoon in a thrilling encounter.

Congo were 2-0 up after 62 minutes but two goals from Dieumerci Mbokani either side of strikes from Jeremy Bokila and Joel Kimwaki saw the DRC claim a dramatic victory and secure a place in the semi-finals.

Lukaku may represent Belgium but he is of Congolese heritage. His father Roger Lukaku played international football for Zaire, the former name of DR Congo, so Lukaku is obviously pleased the country are through to the final four.

He also congratulated his former West Brom team-mate Yousouff Mulumbu, who is part of the team, on the progression.

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