Ghana allowed a two-goal to slip as DR Congo rallied back to draw 2-2 in a lively Group B match at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The result at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday leaves both teams with a point apiece after their opening match.
Ghana scored the first goal of the competition when Emmanuel Agyemang Badu stabbed home from close range after a great run from left-back Kwadwo Asamoah.
Kwadwo Asamoah then made it 2-0 when headed in from corner in the 49th minute.
But DR Congo pulled a goal back four minutes later when Tresor Mputu scored after 53 minutes.
They levelled 16 minutes later when Dieudonne Bezua Mbokani won them a penalty after he was felled in the box by Jerry Akaminko. He picked himself up and scored from the spot.
Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda made a low diving save to deny the Leopards from jumping into the lead when Youssouf Mulumbu hit a shot to the far post.
The goals from the game made up for the forgettable first day matches after hosts South Africa and debutants Cape Verde settled for a 0-0 result in the opener at Soccer City and that was followed by the same result when Morocco and Angola also played goalless.
And despite ending in a draw, it is a result that Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will not be happy with as his side let go a great lead.
Ghana line up: Fatau Dauda, John Pantsil, Jerry Akaminko, John Boye, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Derek Boateng/Anthony Annan, Albert Adomah/Harrison Afful, Christian Atsu/Mohammed Rabiu, Mubarak Wakaso, Asamoah Gyan
Source: Ghana FA