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Summary

  1. FT: Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso
  2. Congo & Equatorial Guinea go through

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

You always suspected that the cut-and-thrust of the final group games would provide some compelling drama, and so it eventually proved.

Commiserations to any Gabon and Burkina Faso fans out there. Congo and Equatorial Guinea's hopes of Afcon glory remain alive.

Join us tomorrow at around 17:30 GMT to find out who they will face in the quarter-finals as we wrap up Group B. See you then.

Afcon Group A table
BBC Sport

Before we leave you, a look at the final Group A standings.

Claude Le Roy's Congo qualify as group winners and will face the runners-up of Group B in the quarter-finals.

Host nation Equatorial Guinea extend their stay - they go through second and will play the winners of Group B (very possibly Tunisia) in Ebebiyin next.

Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

Gabon v Equatorial Guinea match stats
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In fact, it was much the same story in Bata. Gabon had almost twice as much of the ball as Equatorial Guinea, but the hosts were resourceful in possession and created the better opportunities.

Hard to quibble that Equatorial Guinea and Congo deserve their place in the quarter-finals.

Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso

Congo v Burkina Faso match stats
BBC Sport

Well, Burkina Faso may have dominated possession in Ebebiyin, but for most of the game they did precious little with it.

Congo saw less of the ball but were the better side, managing more shots and getting more of those efforts on target.

Well, on a weekend of shocks perhaps it's fitting that rank outsiders Congo and Equatorial Guinea seal their progress to the knockout stages from Group A - and in convincing style, you have to say.

Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea
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A lot of Equatorial Guinea players screaming into the camera - there will be some party in Bata and across the country tonight.

Equatorial Guinea, by the way, isn't even on the equator - I just thought you should know.

BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

"Remember that both these qualified teams were given lifelines into this tournament. Equatorial Guinea were ousted from qualifying for using an ineligible player - and now they're back as hosts. And Congo were knocked out of pre-qualifying by Rwanda, only to be returned to the competition because Rwanda had used a player who turned out to have two footballing identities - one for the country, and the other for his club in DR Congo.

"And the Burkinabe drums have stopped for good at Afcon."

FULL-TIME

Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea celebrate
Reuters

Scenes. Equatorial Guinea are through.

FULL-TIME

Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso

Congo deservedly qualify as group winners. Coach Claude Le Roy continues his remarkable run of Afcon success - that's his seventh quarter-final in eight appearances at this tournament.

Burkina just didn't get going until far too late. A bad end to a hugely disappointing campaign from the 2013 runners-up.

INJURY TIME

Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

Five added on, half of that gone. But this one is done. It's party time in Bata.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso

What an incredible finish to this match. Alain Traore sends an absolute howitzer of a free-kick against the bar from 30 yards. Too little, too late from Burkina.

Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

We knew we were doing this live text with more notice than Esteban Becker had that he'd be managing in it.

Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea coach Esteban Becker will be a popular man - he's only been in charge for a couple of weeks.

The Argentine, who managed the Equatoguinean women's team, was named 11 days before the tournament opener after Andoni Goikoetxea's contract was not renewed.

SUBSTITUTION

Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso

Congo take a little time out of the game, switching Franci Litsingi for Cesar Mandze.

GOAL

Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso - Fabrice Ondama (87 mins)

Just as Burkina Faso prise the door ajar, it's slammed back in their faces, and it's down to a goalkeeping howler. Congo win a free-kick on the right, Delvin N'Dinga curls it in, and Germain Sanou's dreadful punch ricochets off the shoulder of Fabrice Ondama and loops into the net. Congo are home and hosed.

GOAL

Congo 1-1 Burkina Faso - Aristide Bance (86 mins)

Substitute Issiaka Ouedraogou robs a Congo player on the right flank and curls in a delicious cross which Aristide Bance can't fail to miss from three yards. He doesn't. Game on.

GOAL

Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea - Iban (86 mins)

Javier Balboa pulls the ball across to Emilio Nsue, whose shot is saved and the rebound is scuffed in by teenage substitute Iban.

The hosts are going through. Gabon are going across the border back home.

Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

Gabon have a free-kick but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hits it miles over. Woeful from any player, let alone their captain and key man. Five minutes to go.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso have the ball in the net but it won't count. Alain Traore curls in a free-kick, keeper Christopher Mafoumbi spills it and substitute Issiaka Ouedraogou bundles it in, but the flag is up for offside.

Please trust us that Equatorial Guinea will go through in second as things stand, unfortunately our as it stands table hasn't reflected their goal.

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

Congo
BBC

TEN TO GO

As things stand Congo and Equatorial Guinea go through.

Gabon need one goal and Burkina Faso need two.

CLOSE!

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

Finally Burkina come to life! Aristide Bance's low cross from the right is touched back to Chelsea starlet Bertrand Traore, who steams onto it but puts his finish wide of the post. Was that their chance?

Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

It's almost the moment Equatorial Guinea clinched their place in the quarter-finals, Javier Balboa is found in acres of space in the box - he attempts to just slot the ball past Didier Ovono, but the keeper saves it down low.

Gabon are on the brink here.

SUBSTITUTION

Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

The change is made as Juvenal Edjogo-Owono, a 35-year-old defensively minded player who plays in Andorra, comes on for striker Raul Fabiani.

SUBSTITUTION

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

Another change for Congo - Ferebory Dore, who made the goal, makes way for Fabrice Ondama.

Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

Confusion as Juvenal Edjogo-Owono is ready to come on but the fourth official holds up the wrong number. He shows number 21, Ivan Zarandona's number but that's not who the hosts' coach wanted to bring off. Play goes on with no change made.

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

Congo win a free kick in the left corner and it almost brings them a second. The ball is rolled across the edge of the box to Delvin N'Dinga, who meets it with a crisp strike that Germain Sanou does well to get down to.

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

"Massive frustration for Bance, who flicks the header into the penalty area, only to see Pitroipa lurking about 10 yards behind him. That's not going to get them back into this game as time ticks down and Bance makes his unhappiness very obvious."

Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

Viera Ellong forces a save from Didier Ovono - Equatorial Guinea are pushing for a second here.

Gabon really need Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to come up with a piece of magic now. Eighteen minutes left.

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

Congo are not sitting back on their lead and are passing the ball around with confidence in the opposition half. Burkina Faso, by contrast, look resigned. Can they summon a late fightback?

SUBSTITUTION

Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

Gabon now make a change as forward Ibrahim N'Dong comes on for midfielder Andre Poko, who had a terrible effort on goal in the first half.

SUBSTITUTION

Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea make a change as Valencia teenager Iban comes on for Kike, who also plays in Spain for Mallorca.

Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

Gabon
BBC

PENALTY APPEAL

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

Big penalty shout from Burkina Faso, but Jonathan Pitroipa's cross strikes the midriff of Francis N'Ganga. Optimistic from the Stallions, but who can blame them - they look desperately short of ideas.

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Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

Heads are gone for Gabon. They concede the ball cheaply and Equatorial Guinea can sense a potential second goal on the cards here. It comes to nothing but the volume levels are very high in Bata - the home fans can sense a shock on the cards here.

SUBSTITUTION

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

Goalscorer Thievy Bifouma is hooked - Ladislas Douniama comes on for Congo. Bifouma gets a well-deserved hug from Claude Le Roy.

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

"So Paul Put has played his double trump card... Aristide Bance and Bertrand Traore are both on for Burkina Faso with just under an hour to go now. They need to get back into this game or they're off home. But the neutrals in the crowd here in Ebebeyin are still celebrating their home nation going in front in Bata. The volunteers did a lap of honour in celebration! Their boss wasn't impressed, but they didn't care."