Africa Cup of Nations - Ivory Coast v Togo and Tunisia v Algeria as it happened

Live text commentary as Tunisia beat Algeria at the Cup of Nations after favourites Ivory Coast overcome Togo.

22 January 2013 Last updated at 20:06 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 2000: 

    Thanks for joining me for five and a half hours of African Cup of Nations live text.

    First we saw tournament favourites Ivory Coast beat Togo thanks to an 88th-minute Gervinho strike, then Tunisia left it even later with a 90th-minute strike from Youssef Msakni deciding their North African derby with Algeria.

    I'm back tomorrow for the second day of Group A as South Africa play Angola and Morocco meet Cape Verde.

    If you still need a live football text hit, then head over to Tom Rostance's commentary of Aston Villa v Bradford in the League Cup semi-final second leg.

  2. 1957: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett in Rustenburg

    "It's groundhog day... Msakni scored a stunner on the opening match of the last tournament too. Quality player, quality goal."

  3. 1955: 
    FULL-TIME - Tunisia 1-0 Algeria

    Algeria were the better side in possession for 90 dire minutes of football but the one moment of true class in the game has decided it, Youssef Msakni the hero for Tunisia in the North African derby.

  4. 1953: 

    That goal came in the first of four minutes of injury-time. A truly brilliant strike by the 22-year-old who has just joined Qatari side Lekhwiya for over £10m.

    A moment of real quality that really had no right being in this game.

  5. 1950: 
    GOAL - Tunisia 1-0 Algeria - Msakni (90 mins)

    They call him 'Little Mozart' and Youssef Msakni has shown the first bit of real quality in this game. He curls the ball from outside the box and it flies into the top corner. His topless celebrations result in a yellow card but he does not care.

  6. 1948: 

    A free-kick for Tunisia, is this to be the moment of real quality to decide this game? Of course not, Khalil Chammam fires well over the bar.

  7. 1945: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Change for each side. Tunisia bring off substitute striker Hamdi Harbauoui for Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.

    Khaled Lemmouchia comes on for Algeria midfielder Adlene Guedioura.

  8. 1943: 
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    Richard from Scotland, via text: "The monotonous drone of the vuvuzelas is providing a suitable backdrop to this unbelievably dire match."

  9. 1941: 
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    Dennis Chali on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Just woke up,what a boring game....is it still 0-0?"

    Yes Dennis, yes it is.

  10. 1939: 

    Ten minutes to go for someone to be a hero. My hero.

  11. 1937: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Algeria make a change - Liassine Cadamuro comes off for a more attacking-minded player in Hilal Soudani. I'm not holding my breath.

  12. 1935: 

    Tunisia should probably be ahead - Oussama Darragi plays the ball to team-mate Hamdi Harbaoui, who fires wide from close range. Why? Why couldn't he just score?

  13. 1934: 

    Algeria want a penalty when Sofiane Feghouli goes tumbling in the area after a collision with Aymen Abdennour but the referee Papa Gassam rightly says 'no dice'.

  14. 1932: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Djamel Mesbah enters the book for a lunging tackle on Tunisia's Saber Khlifa.

  15. 1932: 

    If someone in years to come asks me for my highlight of this game, I'll tell them it was just there - the moment a colleague handed me a Euro 2012 sticker of Richard Dunne. Great scenes.

  16. 1930: 

    Algeria's Adlene Guedioura hits an absolute piledriver from 25 yards that flies inches over the bar. The Nottingham Forest midfielder seems to have hurt himself in the process.

  17. 1927: 

    Hamdi Harbaoui has a chance to shoot for Tunisia but Algeria keeper Rais Mbolhi slides out to deny him.

  18. 1924: 

    Foued Kadir has a chance to cross it on the left-hand side. Are we going to get a chance....?

    No, there's no-one in the box and the delivery is safely chested back to Tunisia keeper Moez Ben Cherifia.

  19. 1920: 

    Thirty minutes to go in Rustenburg. It's going to seem like five hours if it carries on like this.

  20. 1916: 

    Djamel Mesbah has the best chance of the second half so far for Algeria. His shot from distance at the end of a surging run flies wide but it was a lot closer than the free-kick.

  21. 1913: 

    Terrible free-kick from Algeria's Djamel Mesbah, he shoots from 30 yards but it is very low and very wide. Saddest thing is that's arguably the highlight of the second half so far.

  22. 1910: 
    Algeria's  Islam Slimani

    I can't be sure, but I think Algeria's Islam Slimani might just have watched the match highlights during the half-time break.

  23. 1906: 
    KICK-OFF - Tunisia 0-0 Algeria

    Tunisia kick off us for the second half. This could be a big 45 minutes for Group D, with these two sides quite possibly battling off for second place behind Ivory Coast.

    Half-time substitution for Tunisia, Mejdi Traoui has come off for Oussama Darragi. The FC Sion playmaker is highly rated - can he be the saviour?

  24. 1903: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Borrielo on Twitter: "The Desert derby not as entertaining as expected lots of tackles preventing the flow of the ball, hope the 2nd half will be better."

    Tony Brown on Twitter: "If a game ever needed a goal, this is it."

  25. 1859: 

    We're approaching the start of the second half. Hopefully Sami Trabelsi and Vahid Halilhodzic will have had some words with their players at the break - something like "stop fouling each other and try to create some chances".

  26. 1853: 
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    An optimistic Majeed Maj Moutassem on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Next half Algeria will switch it up xD"

  27. 1852: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett in Rustenburg

    "Very underwhelming match so far, scrappy, stop-start, frustrating. Let's hope for better second half. Both teams afraid to lose."

    John is being more diplomatic than I am.

  28. 1848: 
    HALF-TIME - Tunisia 0-0 Algeria

    It's half-time in Rustenburg, it's very much 0-0. Algeria were the better side but chances were at a premium and, in terms of entertainment, it's been a dire 45 minutes of of football.

  29. 1847: 
    INJURY TIME

    Two minutes of injury time announced. Two minutes until the bliss of half-time.

  30. 1844: 

    A great counter attack for Tunisia results in Hamdi Harbaoui racing through on goal. His shot is head height at, and easily parried away by, Rais Mbolhi when he should have caused the goalkeeper more problems.

    I think that is their first chance - 43 minutes gone.

  31. 1840: 
    Tunisia fans

    The game might not be the best but the Tunisia fans certainly aren't letting that get them down - they're having a great time and getting right behind their team.

  32. 1840: 

    A Mexican wave at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. I can't be dealing with that no matter how boring the game is.

  33. 1839: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Garlic Sauce says on Twitter: "Oh dear, this Tunisia v Algeria game is like watching paint dry! Let's hope it springs into action soon!!"

    I'm with you, Garlic Sauce, even if I doubt that's your real name.

  34. 1834: 

    Foued Kadir wastes a chance for Algeria. The ball breaks to the Marseille midfielder in the box and he air-kicks it - it goes out for a goal-kick.

  35. 1833: 

    Algeria dominating here and starting to probe the Tunisian defence. Mejdi Traoui heads Djamel Mesbah's cross clear acrobatically.

  36. 1831: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Algeria are inches away from taking the lead. Sofiane Feghouli whips in a beautiful cross and Islam Slimani heads the ball off the crossbar.

  37. 1827: 

    My publishing system actually crashed at the excitement of having a shot to write about. Almost needless to say I have nothing else to report on my return - 25 minutes gone.

  38. 1824: 

    There has been a shot on target. Foued Kadir receives the ball in the box but his weak shot almost rolls to Moez Ben Cherifia in the Tunisia goal.

  39. 1823: 

    Fourteen fouls already, that just about sums up this match so far.

  40. 1822: 

    Twenty minutes in and still no chances for either side to bring you. Let's call it cagey, that's the diplomatic term.

  41. 1819: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi is forced into the first change of the day - Issam Jemaa tries to continue after his earlier injury but struggles and is replaced by Hamdi Harbaoui.

  42. 1814: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Tunisia's Aymen Abdennour is first into the book after 12 minutes for bringing down Sofiane Feghouli on the wing.

  43. 1808: 

    Tunisia's Issam Jemaa is receiving treatment after a clash with Essaid Belkalem - it was a fair battle for the ball.

    The game is still waiting for its first chance after six minutes.

  44. 1804: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    "Back from the mixed zone (with a few bruises - always a scrum when Drogba's around) & in position for the North African derby."

  45. 1801: 
    KICK-OFF - Tunisia v Algeria

    Algeria get us under way in the first ever Africa Cup of Nations meeting between these rivals.

  46. 1759: 

    Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, speaking after his side's 2-1 win over Togo: "It was a tough game, we expected that because Togo are a good side but we made a lot of mistakes."

  47. 1755: 

    National anthems time. Most of Tunisia's players really going for it, more subdued from Algeria's line-up for theirs.

  48. 1753: 

    Algeria's key man could be Sofiane Feghouli, who has been in good form for Valencia, while Tunisia's attacks could go through Msakni, 'Little Mozart'. He plays for Lekhwiya in Qatar.

  49. 1747: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Wale King Sulayman on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "This match could be a real contest considering the rivalry of the two countries in football, I think we are on for a more exciting match than any in the championship so far."

  50. 1745: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC Sport

    "Ghana looked relaxed at training today as they drench their team manager with water as it's his birthday. "

  51. 1739: 

    So, who's going to win?

    Both sides have won the tournament once - Algeria winning in 1990 and Tunisia claiming glory in 2004.

    Tunisia reached the last eight in 2012, while the Desert Foxes did not even qualify. However they are the second highest ranking team in the tournament (22nd in the world). Their rivals on the other hand are 53rd in the world, and 10th in Africa.

  52. 1737: 

    Trabelsi's opposite number is less optimistic about Algeria's chances. Vahid Halilhodzic said: "My squad is inexperienced but full of desire to do well. Although I am optimistic, it will not be a major surprise if we are eliminated after the opening round.

    "If we get to the quarter-finals you never know what can happen, but we have to get there first and it starts with a positive result from our outing against Tunisia."

  53. 1737: 

    Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi accepts that Group D is a difficult one, but believes they can go all the way: "This is unquestionably the toughest of the four first round groups, but we are not complaining.

    "My players are working really hard and I believe we can go far - maybe even to the decider again."

  54. 1734: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Simon Farid on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Two North African giants clash in what is billed as the most exciting game of the tournament so far - If they both play to win this should be a game full of goals - and with the new younger players coming into the Algerian team, it should be free flowing football - I'm going for 2 - 2!"

  55. 1731: 
    Tunisia v Algeria (18:00 GMT)

    Here are the line-ups from our second game of the day in Rustenburg:

    Tunisia: Ben Cherifia, Ifa, Hichri, Abdennour, Chammam, Jemaa, Mouelhi, Traoui, M'Sakni, Khelifa, Hammami. Subs: Ben Mustapha, Baratli, Dhaouadi, Gharbi, Harbaoui, Darragi, Ben Youssef, Ben Yahia, Dhaouadi, Boussaidi, Khazri, Mathlouthi.

    Algeria: M'Bolhi, Mesbah, Medjani, Belkalem, Cadamuro, Guedioura, Lacen, Mostefa, Kadir, Slimani, Feghouli. Subs: Doukha, Halliche, Boudebouz, Bouazza, Aoudia, Soudani, Lemmouchia, Bezzaz, Tedjar, Ghoulam, Rial, Si Mohamed.

    Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

  56. 1720: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dan Cleverly on Facebook and Twitter: "Tunisia and Algeria is like Arsenal and Spurs #plentyofgoals"

  57. 1718: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Over on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page you are having your say on who will win this game.

    Barry Gigi, Emmanuel Khantafu Zulu and Michael Donkor all expect Algeria to win 2-1, while Mohamed Bourassi and Ogie Samuel are predicting a goalless draw.

    I hope you're wrong, Mohamed and Ogie, I really do.

  58. 1714: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Let us know how you see this game panning out. Not much between the teams in the bookmakers' odds - who do you see winning this game? Where does this rank among Africa's football rivalries?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook.

  59. 1714: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett in Rustenburg

    "Nottingham Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura starts for Algeria v Tunisia... Sofiane Feghouli is their star man."

  60. 1713: 
    Algeria v Tunisia (18:00 GMT)

    We'll now start looking forward to the 18:00 GMT kick-off, the North African derby between Algeria and Tunisia.

  61. 1708: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jonas Kouassi on Twitter: "Every Ivory Coast win feels like a relief, every loss like disaster and every draw like a missed opportunity"

  62. 1707: 

    Gervinho has not scored for Arsenal since October for Arsenal, but the forward was in the right place at the right time to seal three points for the Ivory Coast.

    Gervinho
  63. 1706: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chilala Nsanzya on Twitter: "#afcon is boring until the last 5min"

    Of the seven games so far, there have only been two winners and both of them came in the last 10 minutes - Seydou Keita's goal for Mali to beat Niger and Gervinho's winner for the Ivory Coast.

  64. 1703: 
    GET INVOLVED

    John from Portsmouth, via text: "Drogba may not have done much on the pitch, but he still stopped the Ivory Coast players from falling into a pit when celebrating Gervinho's goal."

  65. 1701: 
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    Arise Africa on Twitter: "Ivory Coast and Togo are the first two teams in #AFCON2013 to show real football standards. Super Eagles of #Nigeria should learn from Ivory Coast. This is a real team to watch. #PeakMoment"

  66. 1658: 
    GET INVOLVED

    What did you think of that game? Do you feel Ivory Coast deserved their win? Can they go on to win the tournament? Where now for Togo?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook.

  67. 1656: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    Have to feel sorry for Togo... Showed quality & character but Ivory Coast have countless match winners. Great late save by Barry

    Gervnho looks like a different player when he pulls on the Ivory Coast jersey. Celebration said it all - relief for the Elephants

  68. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Ivory Coast 2-1 Togo

    In terms of possession, Ivory Coast undoubtedly deserved their win. But Togo could consider themselves unlucky to concede so late on after defending resolutely throughout.

    The Elephants will have to improve massively in order to win this tournament and they will be worried by Didier Drogba's poor showing.

  69. 1653: 
    CLOSE!

    Togo should be level. Brilliant save from Boubacar Barry from Floyd Ayite's diving header and Ivory Coast should hold on now.

  70. 1650: 
    INJURY TIME

    We're halfway through the four minutes of stoppage-time now. Togo trying to find a way through.

  71. 1650: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    It's the Togolese Zidane, Moustapha Salifou, who is on for Dare Nibombe, but he only has minutes left to turn it around.

  72. 1646: 
    GOAL- Ivory Coast 2-1 Togo - Gervinho (88 mins)

    Heartbreak for Togo. Great free-kick by Yaya Toure and awful keeping by Kossi Agassa. The 34-year-old totally fails to claim Toure's set-piece and Gervinho sweeps home from an angle.

  73. 1644: 

    Major chance for Togo. They have a corner and the ball lands to Vincent Bossou inside the penalty area but his powerful shot is deflected over by Cheick Tiote. That really could have been 2-1.

  74. 1641: 

    It's fair enough to say Togo aren't throwing men forward. Emmanuel Adebayor looks lonely up front for the Sparrow Hawks. It's been mostly Ivory Coast for the last 20 minutes.

  75. 1639: 

    Ten minutes to go. Togo's defence are holding firm. Ivory Coast are trying to find a way through but they aren't finding it easy.

  76. 1638: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Fabious on Twitter: "Ivory Coast coach is brave, I can't blame him thought because Drogba was not in the game."

  77. 1636: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Togo make another chance, Auxerre midfielder Prince Segbefia coming on for goalscorer Jonathan Ayite. Segbefia is an attacking midfielder so this is not a case of setting up shop by Didier Six.

  78. 1634: 

    Yaya Toure has a good chance for Ivory Coast but Kossi Agassa is able to catch his shot. The Ivorians starting to pressure now, can Togo hold firm?

  79. 1632: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Ivory Coast have taken off captain Didier Drogba. He's been very subdued admittedly, maybe he did need that loan spell back to Europe. Wilfried Bony comes on.

  80. 1632: 

    Kolo Toure has a go from 20 yards but it's straight at Kossi Agassa. Ivory Coast don't look like they're on the verge of a winner.

  81. 1628: 

    Twenty minutes to go. Can either team make a breakthrough? Ivory Coast starting to look frustrated. Surely Togo would have taken a point before kick-off.

  82. 1626: 
    GET INVOLVED

    There is a debate on BBC Love African Football Facebook page about Didier Drogba's quiet performance for Ivory Coast.

    Jackline Nandawula says: "He is lost on the pitch. It's as if he isn't playing, but wait he will show up & shine as always"

    Genie Wi says: "Not seeing much of him today"

  83. 1622: 
    Togo players celebrate

    Admittedly it's no goalkeeper pretending to ride a horse, as we saw in the DR Congo v Ghana game on Sunday, but the Togo players certainly made the most of scoring their equaliser, showing off a neat five-man dance routine. Wonder what they've got up their sleeve if they grab a winner?

  84. 1622: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    I was trying to tell you about this before the Nibombe drama - Ivory Coast brought on Salomon Kalou for Max Gradel. Since the goal, Cheick Tiote has come on for Didier Ya Konan.

    Togo took off the tiring Serge Gakpa for Floyd Ayite, younger brother of their goalscorer Jonathan.

  85. 1617: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Dare Nibombe - Togo

    Togo take a quick corner after a substitution and Dare Nibombe thinks he is the hero with a header but it is disallowed because they took it too early.

  86. 1615: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    "Attendance still very poor but it's being boosted by the Tunisia and Algeria fans. North African derby coming up."

  87. 1614: 

    Didier Ya Konan has a chance to put the Ivory Coast back into the lead. Yaya Toure plays the Hannover forward in but his powerful shot is saved well down low by Kossi Agassa.

  88. 1611: 

    Ivory Coast midfielder Didier Zokora, sorry I mean Maestro, has a different shade of tape on his socks than the colour of his socks. Thankfully the officials have clamped down and it gets fixed on the sidelines.

  89. 1607: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Goffy Kakubo on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "I don't know why but I find it boring... it's like watching two European teams playing.. nothing African about this game!"

  90. 1606: 

    ... it's about 35 or 40 yards out - and it ends up about the same distance over the goal. Terrible effort.

  91. 1606: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Alaixys Romao goes into the book for a tackle on Gervinho. Didier Drogba to take the free-kick...

  92. 1603: 
    KICK-OFF - Ivory Coast 1-1 Togo

    Ivory Coast get us started in the second half, which was to be expected after Togo kicked off the first half. It's only fair after all.

  93. 1603: 
    HALF-TIME - Ivory Coast 1-1 Togo

    Not too long to go until the second half. Ivory Coast have options on the bench, Lille wideman Salomon Kalou and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote to name two. Former Aston Villa midfielder Moustapha Salifou, who does not have a club, is on the Togo bench. Maybe the 'Togolese Zidane' (yes, people do actually call him that) might have a chance to put himself in the proverbial shop window.

  94. 1556: 
    Seth Bennett in Durban, BBC Sport

    South Africa head coach Gordon Igesund says that, after the nerves got the better of his side in the 0-0 draw with Cape Verde, they will "go for it" against Angola on Wednesday. He promised a more attractive brand of football and wants to see lots of goals. "I would rather we won 5-4 than tried to hang on for a 1-0 win," he said.

  95. 1555: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam on Twitter: "Credit to Adebayor; he's led his team well so far unlike Drogba who's been anonymous all game!"

    Eric Otieno Rixpoet on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Togo should actually be a goal up. Adebayor is sadly wasting away some good chances for a striker his calibre. This game looks like it's far from over."

  96. 1552: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    "Ivory Coast didn't concede a single goal at the last AFCON but Togo's number 11 Jonathan Ayite has proved that their defence is far from unbeatable. Yaya Toure's early goal had put the favourites in charge and he was unlucky not to score a second when he hit the woodwork. But Togo looked dangerous and Emmanuel Adebayor wasted a good chance in the first minute. The Elephants are having a tricky start to this competition."

  97. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME - Ivory Coast 1-1 Togo

    I'm willing to admit I was already writing my half-time entry when Ayite struck so back to square one for me - and more importantly for the Ivory Coast.

    It's worth pointing out that the Ivorians did not concede a single goal in last year's tournament and still didn't win. They've lasted 45 minutes here.

  98. 1547: 
    GOAL- Ivory Coast 1-1 Togo - Ayite (45 mins)

    Ivory Coast fail to deal with Serge Gakpa's corner and Jonathan Ayite meets the ball from eight yards out leaving Boubacar Barry with no chance.

  99. 1546: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    Just before that chance, I was going to say that Togo have done a good marking job on Didier Drogba so far and Vincent Bossou, effectively his shadow for 45 minutes, tackled him in the box following a good bit of play from Gervinho.

  100. 1546: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Yaya Toure - Ivory Coast

    Yaya Toure almost had his second for the Ivory Coast. The ball lands to the Manchester City midfielder in a similar position to where he got his first but this time he smashes the ball off the woodwork.

  101. 1541: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    Togo have a chance and it falls to Emmanuel Adebayor, but his shot is blocked. Again the attack is started by Serge Gakpe, who was tormenting Sol Bamba down the wing. He really has caught the eye so far.

  102. 1540: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry is livid with his defence as he has to run far off his line to clear the ball. He really lets his defence have it. The Elephants might be winning but they're not in total control.

  103. 1538: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    Togo have been caught offside four times already. It's fair to say that this game has been fairly stop-start. Hopefully we will get some more flowing football in the second half.

  104. 1534: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    "A drinks break... Not surprised, it is very hot, 32 degrees at least. I'm still recovering from climbing the stairs to the stands."

  105. 1532: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    Jonathan Ayite goes close for Togo, who are starting to offer more going forward. Maybe Jnr Seven Angle (1529) might have the right idea.

  106. 1531: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    Serge Gakpe is causing problems for Ivory Coast when he gets on the ball. He is brought down by Kolo Toure for a free-kick. The experienced defender really isn't having his best game, that's not his first foul.

    Luckily for the Ivorians, Gakpe's free-kick does not trouble Boubacar Barry.

  107. 1529: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jnr Seven Angle on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Ivory Coast 1-2 Togo."

    It's fair to say that would be the shock of the tournament so far.

  108. 1527: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    A quickly taken free-kick down the right sees Ivory Coast forward Gervinho in space but his cross is over-hit and the chance is gone for the tournament favourites.

    If I was going to be harsh, I'd say it's not the first time I've seen him do that. And I am so I will say that. A wasted chance.

  109. 1524: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris, via text: "For once I think all Ivorians across the world, myself included, should go into this competition with caution and pessimism and see where it leads... In all cases this should be a solid win."

    Don't forget to tell us where you're from when you text.

  110. 1522: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    "This has to be the worst attendance at the 2013 tournament so far but credit to the Ivory Coast fans, all in orange, green and white. A group of 200 or so are creating a decent atmosphere on one side of the ground. After heartbreak in last year's final they must think Yaya Toure's goal will be the start of something special in South Africa."

  111. 1521: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    Midfielder Yaya Toure's goal, I'm reliably informed by Infostrada, means he has now scored in four of the last five Africa Cup of Nations.

  112. 1518: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    "Togo are playing with a very deep five-man defence... That early goal for Toure may force Togo manager Didier Six to change his tactics."

  113. 1517: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    Ivory Coast winger Max Gradel is causing Togo all kinds of problems down the right wing and he wins a corner, which he takes - but it is easily caught by Kossi Agassa.

  114. 1516: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    Nantes striker Serge Gakpe is one of Togo's more lively players and he tries his luck from 30 yards, however it flies wide of Boubacar Barry's left-hand post.

  115. 1510: 
    Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo

    A tad harsh on Togo, who had the best of the opening eight minutes and really should have led through Emmanuel Adebayor's early chance.

  116. 1508: 
    GOAL- Ivory Coast 1-0 Togo - Yaya Toure (8 mins)

    Gervinho beats Dakonam Djene on the right wing and the ball lands back to Yaya Toure, whose deflected shot from 16 yards beats Kossi Agassa.

  117. 1507: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul Hartwell on Twitter: "Adebayor, ladies and gentlemen. /sigh"

    Noah Style on Twitter: "Ade taking his Spurs form into the #ACN2013 #bbcafcon looks afraid to shoot"

  118. 1504: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    "Togo head coach Didier Six told me that Serge Akakpo should be playing in the Premier League. Chance to impress today."

  119. 1503: 
    CLOSE! - Ivory Coast 0-0 Togo

    Togo probably should be ahead and it's captain Emmanuel Adebayor who has squandered a magnificent opening. The striker is let in by Kolo Toure's lack of concentration and he loses possession of the ball as he is about to round Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.

  120. 1501: 
    KICK-OFF

    Pennants are swapped, a nice hug between the captains...

    And Togo get us under way in Rustenburg.

  121. 1500: 
    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    This is not a drill. Ivory Coast midfielder Didier Zokora is wearing Maestro on the back of his jersey.

    I repeat, this is not a drill.

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    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    I would like to tell you the stadium has filled out from that earlier picture (14:28). But I'm not a liar.

    The captains, Drogba and Zokora, reading out friendship messages in French before we get under way. That's nice.

  123. 1455: 
    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    National anthem time now. Ivory Coast still sticking with their back-to-front Republic of Ireland flag.

  124. 1454: 
    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    The players are just coming out onto the pitch at the Royal Bafokeng. Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor is wearing number four, obviously...

    I will tell you when I know if Zokora really is wearing Maestro on his back.

  125. 1452: 
    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    Ivory Coast: Barry, Eboue, Toure, Bamba, Tiene, Zokora, Toure, Konan, Gradel, Gervinho, Drogba. Subs: Yeboah, Kone, Boka, Romaric, Razak, Kalou, Tiote, Bony, Lacina Traore, Lolo, Ismael Traore, Ali Sangare.

    Togo: Agassa, Nibombe, Mamah, Djene, Bossou, Akakpo, Amewou, Romao, Jonathan Ayite, Gakpe, Adebayor. Subs: Atsu, Wome, Salifou, Floyd Ayite, Mani, Ouro-Akoriko, Segbefia, Placca, Ametepe, Donou, Damessi, Tchagouni.

    Referee: Neant Alioum (Cameroon)

  126. 1450: 
    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    Only 10 minutes to kick-off now at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. All eyes will be on the Ivory Coast's big names, Didier Drogba, the Toure brothers and Gervinho, but Togo have players that can cause problems too.

    The 10/1 outsiders to win this game have Tottenham Hotspur front man Emmanuel Adebayor as well as Nantes striker Serge Gakpe. In goal 34-year-old Kossi Agassa of Reims offers plenty of experience.

  127. 1444: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Theo Harrison on Twitter: "An outstanding generation of Ivory Coast players must amend for last year. The Elephants will be too much for Togo, 2-0."

  128. 1443: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    "Great to see Serge Akakpo in the Togo line-up. He was injured in the horrific bus attack on the team at the 2010 Afcon."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Anthony Hall on Twitter: "I'm sorry but having your nickname on your shirt instead of your actual name is ridiculous and shouldn't be allowed."

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    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure is desperate for the Elephants to add to their only Africa Cup of Nations win, which came 21 years ago. They lost in the 2006 and 2012 finals.

    The Manchester City player in the first of his columns for BBC Sport during the tournament said: "The whole of the Ivory Coast... remember the team that won this tournament in 1992. It would mean so much, to the nation and to everyone on this team, to repeat their achievement.

    "If we go all the way this year, then no-one will think of us as the team that failed when it mattered. They will simply think of us as winners."

  131. 1437: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC Sport

    "DR Congo coach Claude Le Roy is unhappy with the training pitch in Port Elizabeth. He says a few players have picked up minor injuries because of the poor surface."

    They drew their opener with Ghana 2-2 on Sunday and face Niger in their second match on Thursday.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Plax on Twitter: "What do you expect? Rustenburg means 'town of rest' in Afrikaans. Surrounded by farmland. Never going to get bumper crowds there."

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    GET INVOLVED

    I asked where you thought Didier Drogba was in the list of African football's greats and here what Trevor Tokabi had to say on Twitter: "Best African Players 1-George Weah 2-Samuel Eto 3-Didier Drogba"

  134. 1433: 
    GET INVOLVED

    We've had our first prediction of the day and it's from Spod Marc on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Cote d'Ivoire 3-1 Togo"

    Cite d'Ivoire is the official name for the Francophone nation, but we'll stick to Ivory Coast on here.

    Do you agree? Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook.

  135. 1431: 

    What's that? You want to know how the BBC will be reporting on the Africa Cup of Nations? We are covering the tournament on radio, TV, online and mobile from day one to the final.

    BBC World Service will bring commentary on all the key matches, with regular updates from the tournament being broadcast by BBC World News as well as the BBC's TV programmes for Africa. There will be a live text commentary of every game on the BBC Sport website - you're reading one now.

    Lee James will present the weekly Sports World live from South Africa throughout the tournament. All the latest news, match reports and reaction will also be covered on the African Football section of the BBC Sport website.

    BBC Africa's social-media teams will be engaging with reporters, fans and footballers via #BBCAFCON (Twitter page @bbclovefootball), a new LoveAfricanFootball Facebook page as well as the Google+ community page Love African Football.

    Right, taken all that in? We may continue.

  136. 1429: 

    For those of you who need reminding or wanted to know without doing the research themselves, the Africa Cup of Nations features 16 of the continent's finest international sides.

    Johannesburg, Durban, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg are the host cities in South Africa for the event which is being played 12 months after the previous finals because of a change in the event's timing from even to odd years.

    It was meant to be in Libya, but they swapped the tournament with South Africa's 2017 event because of violence in the North African country.

    The teams are split into four groups containing four countries, of which two teams from each pool qualify through to the quarter-finals. The tournament then concludes on 10 February with the final.

    Ivory Coast are the favourites again as they have been for each of the five tournaments since 2006, but Zambia are the holders following their shock win over 'Les Elephants' in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea last year.

  137. 1428: 
    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    This was the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg less than an hour before kick-off - they are not hopeful of a big crowd.

    Royal Bafokeng Stadium
  138. 1424: 
    Matthew Kenyon, BBC Sport

    "@JohnBennettBBC re shirt names: don't forget Platini of #CapeVerde - real name Luis Soares!"

  139. 1423: 
    GET INVOLVED

    We want you to let us know your thoughts on the Africa Cup of Nations. Who do you think will win today's games? By 20:00 GMT we will have seen all the 16 teams competing for the continental crown - who do you think can go all the way? Is this Didier Drogba's last tournament in the world limelight - where does he rank amongst African's all-time greats?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook by using the new African Football BBC page.

  140. 1422: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    Ivory Coast: Barry, Eboue, Tiene, K Toure, Bamba, Y Toure, Zokora, Gradel, Ya Konan, Gervinho, Drogba

    So Ivory Coast leave out Newcastle's Cheick Tiote and Lille's Salomon Kalou.

    The two players originally left out of the squad by coach Didier Six start for Togo. The keeper Kossi Agassa and of course Adebayor.

    Ex-Spurs midfielder Didier Zokora will wear his nickname - "Maestro" - on the back of his shirt during the tournament according to the team sheet.

  141. 1420: 
    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson in Rustenburg

    "Tight security at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg where England faced USA in the World Cup in 2010. It's derby day with North African and West African rivals up against each other in Group D. Thousands of empty seats expected because of the poor take up of tickets. Still, there should be plenty of passion from those who do turn up."

  142. 1420: 
    Algeria v Tunisia (18:00 GMT)

    And after that enticing opener we have a North African derby for you at 18:00 GMT, with Tunisia playing Algeria. The old rivals have never met before in the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Neither side have any injury worries, with Youssef Msakni, aka 'Little Mozart' expected to compose Tunisia's attacks. Algeria have gone for youth, with Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghoili expected to be a key man for the Desert Foxes in South Africa.

    But more on that game later...

  143. 1419: 
    John Bennett, BBC Sport

    "Awaiting team news at the Royal Bafokeng stadium. Favourites Ivory Coast about to start their campaign but crowd will be very small"

  144. 1419: 
    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    They are up against Togo, who were nearly not as this tournament. They refused to play in 2010 after a machine gun attack on their bus two days before the tournament opener killed two members of their party and as a result they were banned by the Confederation of African Football for the 2012 and 2013 events. This was later overturned on appeal although they failed to qualify for last year's tournament.

    Even closer to missing this tournament was captain Emmanuel Adebayor. The 28-year-old Tottenham striker, who retired from international football following the 2010 bus attacks before returning a year later, was left out of Didier Six's initial squad for the tournament following a row about bonuses. He was included after their football federation's president stepped in.

  145. 1418: 
    Ivory Coast v Togo (15:00 GMT)

    I feel like we've been here before. For the fifth Africa Cup of Nations in a row, Ivory Coast are the favourites to win. For Didier Drogba, this could be his swansong on the world stage. The 34-year-old, who plays for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, was the BBC's African Football of the Year in 2009.

    He may have scored 10 Cup of Nations goals but he has bad history with finals in this tournament - he missed penalties in the 2006 and 2012 deciders, both ending in shoot-out defeats.

    And the Chelsea legend, who has won three Premier League titles and a Champions League, has not played competitive football since the Chinese season ended in November. He wanted to return to Europe to keep fit for the tournament but Fifa blocked his attempt to move outside the transfer window. outside the transfer window.

  146. 14:15: 

    By the end of today, we will have seen all 16 countries competing for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. After a goalless first day, we've had a 2-2 draw, a goalkeeper celebrating by pretending to ride a horse while sat on the ground, a missed penalty, a red card for a goalkeeper carried off on a stretcher and a 94th-minute Burkina Faso equaliser.

    It's day four and it's the turn of Ivory Coast, Togo, Algeria and Tunisia in Rustenburg to keep up the good work.

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Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 South Africa 3 2 5
No movement 2 Cape Verde 3 1 5
No movement 3 Morocco 3 0 3
No movement 4 Angola 3 -3 1
Africa Cup of Nations summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Ghana 3 4 7
No movement 2 Mali 3 0 4
No movement 3 Congo DR 3 0 3
No movement 4 Niger 3 -4 1
Africa Cup of Nations summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Burkina Faso 3 4 5
No movement 2 Nigeria 3 2 5
No movement 3 Zambia 3 0 3
No movement 4 Ethiopia 3 -6 1
Africa Cup of Nations summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Ivory Coast 3 4 7
No movement 2 Togo 3 1 4
No movement 3 Tunisia 3 -2 4
No movement 4 Algeria 3 -3 1