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Summary

  1. Mulumbu goes off on stretcher
  2. Both teams drew opening game
  3. Result: Zambia 1-2 Tunisia
  4. Sloppy Zambia miss host of chances
  5. Join the debate using #bbcafcon2015

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By James Gheerbrant and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Afcon Group B table
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Before we go, a look at the Group B table. Tunisia are very much in the box seat - the other three sides will probably (though not necessarily) have to win their final group match to advance.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Cape Verde v DR Congo match stats
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The possession was evenly shared but the stats show that Cape Verde created the more chances and will be the more disappointed of the two sides with a draw.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

So, Cape Verde and DR Congo are still in with a shout of qualifying, but both sides will have to improve rather markedly on that drab performance.

Cape Verde dominated the first half but and might have nicked the points at the end of a more even second period but for some excellent goalkeeping from Robert Kidiaba. They will rue a lack of cutting edge.

DR Congo flickered intermittently, most notably through Cedrick Mabwati, but overall they were disappointing and it was an especially bad night for their Premier League stars. Captain Youssouf Mulumbu was stretchered off in the first half, and Yannick Bolasie was hooked midway through the second after a lacklustre performance.

FULL-TIME

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

All over in Ebebiyin. Cape Verde had the better chances, but two excellent late saves by DR Congo keeper Robert Kidiaba preserve a share of the points for the Leopards.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Cape Verde's Babanco is down receiving treatment on his ankle after a nasty collision. In fact, the stretcher is out - he becomes the second captain to be stretchered off in this match.

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Jeremiah Kariuki: Cape Verde is the better team but football can be an unfair game, they may regret the missed opportunities they have had!

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Three added minutes. Has our best chance of a late winner come and gone?

CLOSE!

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Another huge chance for Cape Verde. DR Congo's defenders go Awol as Cape Verde counter at pace, Babanco plays in Heldon down the right, he cuts inside his man and pulls the trigger but Robert Kidiaba smothers brilliantly.

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Dipo Lawuyi: This could possibly be the most uninspiring African Nations Cup ever. Maybe because Nigeria aren't there.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Ebebiyin

"A few of the neutral supporters have had enough and are heading for the exits but there are still some trying to keep the dancing going - lined up behind one another dancing among the seats conga-style."

CLOSE!

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

From which Cape Verde so nearly score! The ball is whipped in by Heldon, Fernando Varela meets it at the near post with a firm header, Robert Kidiaba cam only palm it out towards Gege but the keeper recovers brilliantly to deny the centre-back just as he seems certain to tuck away the rebound. Terrific goalkeeping from the pony-tailed 38-year-old.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Babanco gets Heldon away down the right with a great ball. He wins a corner for Cape Verde...

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Cape Verde were much the better side in the opening half but they've lost their spark in the second period and they just don't seem willing to commit forward in numbers. Odair Fortes brings the ball down the right but he has no support and the move dies.

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BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Ebebiyin

"The DR Congo fans and band to my right haven't stopped since the first whistle - shame that it is not inspiring the players at the moment. Both teams are really lacking any sort of quality in the final part of the pitch and there have been lots of poor final balls."

SUBSTITUTION

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

This game could do with a bit of quality - perhaps Platini can provide it? The familiarly named Cape Verde midfielder enters the fray in place of Tavares.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Remember, a draw here will leave both these teams on two points. They'll be far from out of contention, but will probably need to win their final match. Can either of them snatch victory in the closing stages here?

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Cedrick Mabwati has been a real live wire for DR Congo in the second half - the game's best player. He twists and turns his way towards the byline on the left and stands up a good cross into the six-yard box, which Gege oh-so-casually chests back to his keeper. Veins of ice.

SUBSTITUTION

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

This game is drifting aimlessly towards a 0-0. Odair Fortes is introduced for Cape Verde in place of Ryan Mendes - can he spark it into life?

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Heldon shows quick feet down the left and swings in a cross towards Ryan Mendes. Mendes does really well to turn and retrieve the slightly wayward ball, but he then tries a shot from an impossibly tight angle and blasts it harmlessly over.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Tavares surges into the penalty area and brings a good save from Robert Kidiaba at his near post. The corner is cleared by DR Congo.

SUBSTITUTION

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

That's the end of a disappointing night's work for Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace. Jeremy Bokila is on in his place.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Heldon, incidentally, has four goals in his last four matches for club and country. Cedrick Mabwati is the man causing problems at the moment though, and he wins a free-kick for DR Congo. It's not dealt with convincingly by Cape Verde, but they clear the danger eventually.

SUBSTITUTION

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Heldon, Cape Verde's goalscorer in their last match, replaces winger Kuca, who has put in a good shift. A straight swap that one, you would think.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

DR Congo are on top now. A good passage of play ends with Jean Kasusula sending a searching cross into the area which Vozinha does well to punch clear. He goes absolutely postal at his defenders.

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Stephen Collins: Tiny stadiums, amazing fans, 90s-style kits, an abnormal number of drawn matches and the defending champions didn't qualify. Love it.

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Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Cedrick Mabwati does really well to nip in and pick off a poor pass out of defence from Kuca and burst into the penalty area, but he can't work the keeper from a tight angle. Better from DR Congo though.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Dieumerci Mbokani cuts a frustrated figure up front for DR Congo. His frustration gets the better of him as he concedes a free-kick by wrestling Babanco to the floor.

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DR Congo players
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Sulaimon Adelekan: I expect DR Congo to win this game because they have the quality.

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

DR Congo have started more positively in this second period. A cross from the right is only half-cleared by Cape Verde and Chancel Mbemba lets fly, but it's well wide.

KICK-OFF

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba, arms aloft to the sky, says a little prayer before we get under way again in Ebebiyin. Here we go...

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Ebebiyin

"Plenty of gentlemen prodding and poking the pitch at half-time - it has now hosted three and a half matches and another three and a half to go. I 'm sure the groundsman is most happy that there aren't any more back-to-back games here in Ebebiyin.

Zambia 1-2 Tunisia

Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba
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Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba was named man of the match for their earlier 2-1 defeat by Tunisia. Winning midfielder Wahbi Khazri was adjudged fair player of the match.

Zambia 1-2 Tunisia

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Ebebiyin

"Both Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba and coach Honour Janza said after the game that there had been too many selfish players against Tunisia and that they need to work better as a team for their final game against Cape Verde.

"Tunisia and Rangers' Bilel Mohsni admitted that his side had been lucky to get the win but they need to build on the confidence gained in this game for their last tie against DR Congo."

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Jobita Brian: Cape Verde holding their ground here, they are no pushovers

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Ebebiyin

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"Not as exciting as the first half of the opening Group B match here in Ebebiyin today - there have been a few chances for both sides but they have also both lacked quality in the final third. Cape Verde captain Babanco came closest for his side with a free-kick from outside the area that flew wide; Yannick Bolasie and Cedric Mabawati with DR Congo's best efforts. Losing Youssouf Mulumbu could prove a big blow to DR Congo - his control of the midfield could be missed in the second half. Bolasie is desperate to impress and there's a danger he might end up trying too hard."

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Ebebiyin

Robert Kidiaba
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"DR Congo keeper Robert Kidiaba, at 38, is the oldest man at this tournament - not that you'd know it the way he throws himself around. Waiting to take his place when he retires after these finals is Parfait Mandanda - he is on the bench tonight - his older brother Steve does the same for France - and guess what! There are another two Mandanda brothers who play football too - and yes they are goalkeepers too!"

HALF-TIME

Cape Verde 0-0 DR Congo

Cape Verde v DR Congo action shot
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Goalless at the break. Cape Verde have had the better of proceedings, but they have lacked a cutting edge in front of goal. DR Congo were very poor - and they have big worries over skipper Youssouf Mulumbu, who went off injured after 20 minutes.

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Le Millenium: Don't underestimate your opponent... Wake up Leopards