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Summary

  1. Phala stuns favourites Algeria with opener
  2. Bournemouth's Ranti misses penalty for South Africa
  3. Hlatshwayo own goal, Ghoulam & Slimani reply for Algeria
  4. FT: Ghana 1-2 Senegal
  5. GET INVOLVED: Send your views on the tournament to #bbcafcon2015

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy and Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

That was another superb day of action.

Algeria come from behind, just as
Senegal did to rumble Avram Grant's Ghana.

Tomorrow, Yaya Toure and the gang start their campaign as Ivory Coast face Guinea. Mali take on Cameroon...is Roger Milla still playing?

Roger Milla
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If only. Join us to see if any of Cameroon's players can move like the great man from 15:30 GMT tomorrow and thanks for being with us today, top tweets as ever.

Algeria 3-1 South Africa

BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: Algeria make sure they go over to the far side to celebrate with their fans. It didn't look like they'd have the chance with less than half an hour to go. What a turnaround - to go with a similar story in the earlier game. Group C lives up to its expectations...

Gyan hopes to play a part

Tournament news

Some tournament news away from this thriller...... Ghana's Asamoah Gyan is hopeful he will play a part in the tournament despite missing his side's 2-1 defeat to Senegal earlier today with a "mild bout of Malaria".

"We're disappointed - I thought at times we should have used our experience," he said. "They were putting pressure on us - they took control in the last 30 minutes and we should have fought for the draw. But we lost concentration and we conceded a goal in the last second of the game.

"I was there to support my team - and we lost today. I'm feeling much better now - I'm talking to the medical team and we'll see what happens."

Algeria 3-1 South Africa

A game well balanced and competitive but Algeria show their ruthless side and will top Group C on goal difference.

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Algeria 3-1 South Africa

A game which hinged on a 21 minute period which extended from South Africa opener to Algeria's second. In that time frame Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie smashed a penalty against the cross bar and what could have been a 2-0 lead turns into defeat and a heap of questions for the 1996 winners.

FULL-TIME

Algeria 3-1 South Africa

Algeria 3-1 South Africa

Home-grown continuity seemed handy until a stray penalty...

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Algeria 3-1 South Africa

Islam Slimani has 17 goals in 38 league outings for Sporting Lisbon and he has looked a handful here when Algeria eventually broke into the game. Certainly one to keep an eye on as this tournament progresses.

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Algeria 3-1 South Africa

Substitutions, half-hearted play, this is like a golf conclusion where the leader has a 10-shot lead (unless it's Martin Kaymer). All over as the board goes up for injury time.

South Africa boss Ephraim Mashaba stands hands on hips and mutters on the touchline.

Algeria

Algeria 3-1 South Africa

Cous Cous
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Fifa World Ranking: 18

Population: 38.7m

National dish: Cous Cous

Main export: Crude Petroleum

Algeria 3-1 South Africa

As we enter the final five minutes, you must ponder how Bafana Bafana players will sleep tonight. They were on top 25 minutes ago. This will be tough to recover from.

Algeria now look solid but South Africa in truth have nothing left.

GOAL

Algeria 3-1 South Africa - Islam Slimani

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I put the kiss of death on South Africa goalkeeper Darren Keet. I'd actually added him to my list of impressive performers. Sorry mate.

He lets an Islam Slimani shot from 18 yards dribble under his body. This one is all over. A bizarre and captivating second half.

Slimani celebrated in style, screaming into a camera lense. Not quite a Totti selfie but decent.

South Africa

Algeria 2-1 South Africa

Bobotie
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Fifa World Ranking: 52

Population: 54m

National dish: Bobotie - is a South African dish that has Cape Malay origins. It consists of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Of the many dishes common to South Africa, Bobotie is perhaps closest to being the national dish, because it isn't made in any other country.

Main export: Expensive stuff - Gold, followed by platinum, followed by coal, followed by diamonds.

Algeria 2-1 South Africa

BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: I can see a big Egyptian flag flying over on the other side of the stadium... the serial former champions aren't here of course, but yesterday I met a group of Egyptian workers based here in Mongomo, who were planning on coming to support their fellow north Africans tonight. I think I just found them again.

They'll be in good mood now Matthew.

SUBSTITUTION

Algeria 2-1 South Africa

Off comes Tokelo Rantie and what will be going through his mind. His side were one up and riding the crest of a wave, playing with energy and on their way to victory when he had a chance from the penalty spot to make the difference two.

His effort thudded the bar and he may want to down a few drinks in the hotel bar as a result. Bongani Ndulula is on in his place...

Algeria 2-1 South Africa

Faouzi Ghoulam has played 36 times for Napoli since signing in January of 2014.

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Algeria 2-1 South Africa

BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: As soon as that fell to the feet of Faouzi Ghoulam you knew where it was going. The way he held himself - and then launched such a powerful shot. Fine finish. SA will think about that penalty a bit more now... it's quieter in the press box again.

GOAL

Algeria 1-2 South Africa - Faouzi Ghoulam

Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam is big and powerful and as the ball drops to the left back on the angle of the area he pushes it past his man, throws him aside and just puts his foot through the back of the ball.

It goes through the goalkeeper and rustles the net. An angry finish. A swing of the left foot as vicious as the swing in this match.

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Ejikeme Ike IkeChi: Really enjoying this match, me think it is the most entertaining match so far in the ongoing Afcon 2015.

GOAL

Algeria 1-1 South Africa (Own goal - Thulani Hlatshwayo)

The first own goal of the tournament arrives and it's a miserable moment of fortune for Thulani Hlatshwayo. An in-swinger from the left flank by Algeria's star man Yacine Brahimi is dangerous and the South African centre-back puts his head on it.

It's in from the moment he does, looping over Darren Keet. The turf here is not quite settled and could maybe swallow Hlatshwayo up as he's probably wishing.

Algeria 0-1 South Africa

Where may the pivotal moment come from in the Algerian side?

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CLOSE!

Algeria 0-1 South Africa

I think we may get an all out open affair here in the closing 20. South Africa seem intent on getting a second - Rantie drives into the side netting from an impossible angle - but Algeria, you would think, have to show more than they have. Will the Desert Warriors be the disappointment story of Afcon 2015?

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Nathan Titus: Unlucky with that penalty... I blame the soft pitch.

I'm sure Rantie does too Nathan.

Tweet us your views on this one. South Africa for Afcon glory in 2015? #bbcafcon2015.

CLOSE!

Algeria 0-1 South Africa

Could it be worth Ephraim Mashaba giving Tokelo Rantie the hook here?

After missing that penalty he has just been picked out in the centre of the area. Go on son...break the net...he gets it all wrong and the ball hits his standing foot.

The side in yellow shirts and green shorts are still in charge though. Lots of energy on show.

Algeria 0-1 South Africa

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GREAT SAVE!

Algeria 0-1 South Africa

What has happened at half-time here? You cannot take your eyes off this now. A gorgeous cross-field pass from Nabil Bentaleb creates a crossing situation for Algeria and Islam Slimani is on the end of a delivery to back heel the ball at goal. A brilliant Darren Keet save with his legs...rebound must be a goal..Slimani heads from four yards...tipped onto the bar.

Heroics.

Algeria 0-1 South Africa

BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: Technically, if you're in the press box, you're supposed to remain neutral. Errrrr yeah, right. SA journos leaping, shouting, screaming and jubilating when that went in... Algerian reporter in front simply shakes her head...

And the Algerian reporter I talked about gets her chance to celebrate as that penalty cannons off the bar!

MISSED PENALTY

Algeria 0-1 South Africa

Tokelo Rantie
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Tokelo Rantie this is your moment. He runs up and blasts it high onto the cross bar. The ball loops into the night sky and behind. A massive moment you feel.

PENALTY FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Algeria 0-1 South Africa

What a chance for South Africa to put this game to bed as Sibusiso Vilakazi is hauled down by Aissa Mandi in the penalty area. Lucky to get away with a yellow card.

GOAL

Algeria 0-1 South Africa - Thuso Phala

A lovely team goal, so well worked, intricate, inventive, you name it.

Tokelo Rantie gets the ball to the left of the area and plays a one two - getting it back courtesy of a back heel - before laying it on a plate for Thuso Phala. He passes the ball in from 10 yards. Lift off Bafana Bafana.

CLOSE!

Algeria 0-0 South Africa

South Africa start brightly - just as they ended the first period and Thuso Phala fizzes a ball across the six-yard box which needs a desperate clearance.

Chances are at a premium but hang on a minute....

Algeria 0-0 South Africa

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KICK-OFF

Algeria 0-0 South Africa

Here we go again then. Would a draw be a good result for these sides? Ghana have already lost so a draw would keep the pair right in the mix for match day two. No changes at the break and early on our man Tokelo Rantie breaks the offside trap for South Africa does he...no. Flag up.

Algeria 0-0 South Africa

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BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: How is that pitch holding up after a game and a half, here in Mongomo? Well it has chopped up a bit in places - but probably looks a bit better than the ground staff might have feared after just a few weeks of bedding in. Again they gave it a good working over at half time - and they'll be grateful it hasn't rained...

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Sam Rio Nnaji: Took them some time to get going but South Africa showed that they are in this for real with those chances just before HT.

Mohsin: Great image of Mandela and the South African football team, Come on #BafanaBafana you can do this (see entry at 18:23)

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An Afcon catch up

Algeria 0-0 South Africa

A quick catch up of one or two Afcon lines today then:

"When we decided to host the tournament, we increased the preventive measures, so that now we can say everything is under control," he said.

Senegal captain Bouna Condoul said: "This is the Afcon - and one goal is usually good enough to win the game, but there was another 45 minutes and inside the coach gave a speech, and said 'Hey we need to wake up from our dreams - if not we're going to lose it'."

Algeria 0-0 South Africa

Not quite the fireworks we were expecting as the paltry six shots on goal show...

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HALF-TIME

Algeria 0-0 South Africa

Islam Slimani of Sporting Lisbon up front for Algeria has been anonymous, Yacin Brahimi - their star man - no better and as the whistle blows, this is not what Africa's highest-ranked side were expected to produce.

Good structure yes, invention no. South Africa have hit the post and forced good saves. In the balance this one...

GREAT SAVE!

Algeria 0-0 South Africa

Rais M'Bolhi saves again. This time diving and throwing any body part he can at a shot from just eight yards out. It's a good save with his legs in the end.

Neat work by South Africa ends as Oupa Manyisa finds the unmarked run of Andile Jali. He has time to control in the area but the drive is saved. South Africa started slowly but they deserve to be ahead now.

GREAT SAVE!

Algeria 0-0 South Africa

In Andy's defence, this is not living up to top billing just yet. Algeria seem to have a dearth of defensive midfielders ready to pick up scraps (handy when Bafana Bafana are going long to Rantie a lot).

Big chance here though as Sibusiso Vilakazi rolls his marker 12 yards from goal...a nice jink...but brace and excellent goalkeeping to save at his feet before he lets rip.