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Summary

  1. Aubameyang opens scoring for Gabon
  2. Malick Evouna heads in to double lead
  3. Burkina Faso were runners-up in 2013
  4. FT: Equatorial Guinea 1-1 Congo
  5. Nsue for hosts but Bifouma levels

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy and Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

And on that note I bid you goodnight.

We've seen Equatorial Guinea and Congo draw, Gabon beat Burkina Faso and you can

read much more on those in the match reports.

I hope you've found today's live text useful and you'll come back for more tomorrow at 15:00 GMT. On Sunday it's Zambia v Congo DR at 16:00 GMT and Tunisia v Cape Verde at 19:00 GMT.

Thank you for all your interactions on social media today, you've been top notch.

It's getting hot in here

Equatorial Guinea 1-1 Congo

Looking back on the earlier match it seems all is not well with Congo manager Claude Le Roy. He is absolutely fuming that his side had a long and hot coach journey to Estadio de Bata today.

After his side's 1-1 draw with hosts Equatorial Guinea, the veteran of eight finals said: "Usually our journey to the stadium takes 12 minutes, today in 40C and no air conditioning it took 65 minutes."

You can

read more furious quotes here.

FULL-TIME

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

And now, as I summon my inner Des Lynam...while this may not be the most informative on day one of the tournament, let's have a look at the Group A table anyway:

AFCON Group A
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If you're from Gabon or drew them in a sweepstake...well in.

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Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

The price you pay when only six of your 21 shots find the target is defeat it seems.

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Burkina Faso will perhaps get shooting practice in training. Still, it's probably more fun that working on set plays.

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Steve Crossman

BBC Sport in Bata

"Gabon have underlined tonight why many believe they will improve on their best ever AFCON performance and go beyond the quarter finals. They also showed just how much more than Pierre Emerick Aubameyang they are. Malick Evouna scored more than the Dortmund striker in qualifying, his header from Frederick Bulot's cross was superb to make it 2-0.

"All three of their forwards had a significant impact then and Gabonese fans sprinted around the stadium waving flags and screaming when the second goal went in. They are well backed and well drilled by Jorge Costa but having said all that, if not for Didier Ovono in goal they would almost certainly not have won. All parts of his anatomy were employed to stop Jonathan Pitroipa (twice) and Bertrand Traore. Keep your eyes on Gabon, they could go far."

FULL-TIME

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Malick Evouna
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The men who found the target: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Malick Evouna.

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Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

Lots of back slapping, high fives, hugs, you name it. Basically all round male affection on show as Gabon celebrate.

Manager Jorge Costa - once of Charlton Athletic - is right in there. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Malick Evouna did the damage for him. The first a beautiful finish, the second a power header.

Make no question, Gabon can be hurt at the back but they had their shooting boots on tonight.

FULL-TIME

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

And that is that then. We have clear group leaders and the first winners of AFCON 2015.

Gabon prove too much for the 2013 finalists Burkina Faso.

GREAT SAVE!

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

Frederic Bulot has created one goal and wants one himself now. A well-struck effort from the right side of the area arrows towards the top left-hand corner put is plucked away for a corner by the Burkina Faso goalkeeper.

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

Injury time. The second goal has killed Faso. They will taste defeat here but question why when they wasted good chances.

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CLOSE!

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

Bertrand Traore can hold his head high in the Faso side. He dribbles, the ball stuck to his toe, weaves space and shoots from the right of the penalty area. It's right footed and is bending inside the far post is it...no. just wide. And I mean just.

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

We go into the final three minutes. This one looks dead and buried.

Gabon coach Jorge Costa is sending on some substitutes to kill time and while his side have been rugged on times and very, very green at the back, they have taken their chances here.

Steeve Yago is anything but Steven Gerrard from range for Faso, his latest effort has cloud dust on it and the ball may well reach Europe.

CLOSE!

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso substitute Aristide Bancéhas been on the field around 20 minutes and gets his first sight of goal. He's fed, inside-right channel, run at the defender of shoot early? He has a go and it whizzes past the near post. Good hit. Not good enough.

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

this maybe matchday one, but what a start for Gabon. A win against either Equatorial Guinea or Congo in their next outings and six points will take them very close to the last eight.

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Stuart Proctor: That hat... only at AFCON (see 68 mins)

CLOSE!

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

After a lengthy delay in which Faso did make their substitution (Djakaridja Kone eventually came off) Alain Traore smashes his free-kick and there once again stands Didier Ovono in the Gabon goal.

He parries the ball into his goal mouth and it's there to be tucked away but he juggles it and catches it in his own time.

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

It's all kicking off here. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has gone through on goal but is flagged offside. Then Faso look to substitute their best player - Bertrand Traore - but it turns but the number is wrong, they can't be that silly. Now we have a Faso free-kick just 20 yards out. This is big...

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata: I should imagine that Frederic Bulot is enjoying this evening rather more than his team-mates back in England at Charlton after their 5-0 loss at Watford.....

GOAL

Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso - Malick Evouna (72 mins)

Malick Evouna
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Frederic Bulot with a step over and change of pace down the right, a clipped cross begs for a finish and gets it. Malick Evouna is there, four yards out to power a header into the top corner.

Game over?

10 caps, six goals for Evouna. He raced to the corner flag and loved every moment of that.

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

We go into the final 20 minutes.

Fan
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I think this is a hat on a fan in the stadium. I hope whoever brought that in gets the result they want. Such effort should be rewarded.

CLOSE!

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is slid into the left-hand channel. He checks back and a shot is all that's on his mind. It's a curler and it's narrowly off target. He looks slick, if a little rough around the edges.

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

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Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata: Gabon coach Jorge Costa seems to have picked up a love for officials from his mentor Jose Morinho - Costa has been at the fourth official and the referee for the whole match.

CLOSE!

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Great chances at both ends. We should have had two goals.

First Gabon's Frédéric Bulot is picked out with a left-wing cross and pulls the ball down on the penalty spot...chance to put his side two up...straight at the goalkeeper. But he should be made to pay as the brilliant Bertrand Traore races down the left - he skins his man and races away Gareth-Bale style...he's through...saved.

The goalkeeper stood tall and as Traore closed in from the angle, his shot can't squeeze in the near post. A massive couple of moments in this game.

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Alain Traore
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CLOSE!

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Alain Traore takes measure from 20 yards...whips it...Didier Ovono is scrambling in his goal...nope.

Just over the bar. A yard at most. The hour has ticked past. Gabon will be overjoyed if this holds.

Alain Traore reacts after missing
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Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Now then, Jonathan Pitroipa is felled around 20 yards from goal. Alain Traore has just had an effort from a free-kick as a warm-up for this...

SHOWBOAT

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Bertrand Traore is actually a Chelsea player - albeit on loan at Vitesse.

He has been lovely to watch here so far and at just 19, looks athletic, quick, tricky, you name it.

He skips around his marker with hardly any space to operate on the dead-ball line. His cross is powerful and turned behind by the goalkeeper. One to watch this lad.

Always going to be a tight one

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Who should win this game and why is it so nicely poised?

Fifa world rankings
Fifa

Only two places separate the teams in Fifa's world rankings and they met in qualifying, so margins, you would think, will be small.

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

instead we get a corner at the other end after some powerful running from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. A whipped delivery can't be reached by Bruno Ecuele Manga and is headed clear.

Both of these sides do not really like (or perhaps do not have the ability) to keep possession for long. Attacks are quick and focused as opposed to slowly built.

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

The combination of Traores - Alain and Bertrand - and Jonathan Pitroipa looks vibrant and you would think they will again cause problems in this second half.

Gabon defend narrowly when they come under threat. It's organised to an extent, but you get the feeling a well-timed run and pass could catch them square as they like to hold a line.

Traore - of the Bertrand variety - forces a corner does he...no...goal kick.

KICK-OFF

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Here we go then. The

first game we saw involved a second-half fight-back. Will we see the same again?

The ball in rolling, Estadio de Bata is still simmering nicely and Burkina Faso attack early in the second half...

Gabon v Burkina Faso
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Rizzi: Both teams playing attacking football with really shaky defences, great for a neutral but Ghana will win the tournament.

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Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

The half-time stats showcase Burkina Faso's poor finishing...

Match stats
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Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Steve Crossman

BBC Sport in Bata

Gabon
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"Dider Ovono has been the star of the show for Gabon despite Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's goal. The keeper has twice saved brilliantly from Jonathan Pitroipa, top scorer in qualifying and player of the tournament two years ago. Ovono also did well to palm away a powerful Bertrand Traore drive. Gabon look very good on the ball, Andre Poko has moved swiftly and effectively between defence and midfield. Burkina Faso have had more chances, they've lacked the coolness Aubameyang displayed at the other end."

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata: The contrasting styles of the coaches - Paul Put in tracksuit topped with a pink Caf bib while Jorge Costa has gone smart casual with tie shirt and black shoes. Not quite the full suits we saw in the first game from Claude LeRoy and Esteban Becker.

HALF-TIME

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Harsh? Maybe. But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showed he does not play for one of Europe's top clubs for nothing.

The Borussia Dortmund striker punished a lapse at the back for Faso with a clever finish (and an even cooler celebration - see below).

Faso - beaten finalists in the last AFCON - have had shots and chances aplenty but they need to discover their own clinical streak.

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Chewe Puta: This is a fantastic game, both #Burkina and #Gabon are playing with heart.

Andrew Priestley: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a real form player, when he's up for it he hits hot streaks. This could be his tournament.

GREAT SAVE!

Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso

Going forward there is no doubt Burkina Faso have a few tricks up their sleeve. Bertrand Traore this time collects a pass in the right channel and cuts in on his left foot to shoot at the near post.

Didier Ovono is equal to and collects his parry at the second attempt. The Traore contingent all want a crack..this time Alain Traore volleys over.