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Luke Reddy and Andy Cryer

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  1. Goodnight

    That was another good, honest, solid day of football but despite its ferocity, that last bruising encounter could not topple Tunisia v Cape Verde as the dirtiest game of the tournament. A sum of 48 fouls in that one is still top of the pops.

    So you've seen every team play...what do you think? I tell you what, why not cast judgement after two rounds of this superb show. The second round of group games starts tomorrow and we will be here from 15:30 GMT again.

    Keep your eyes peeled on our African football index because a feature on the best players so far will include some of your tweets. That will be published shortly.

    Goodnight. Thanks for being here.

  2. Post update

    Mali 1-1 Cameroon

  3. Post update

    Mali 1-1 Cameroon

    Cameroon had just two shots on target in that game but leave with a point and 12 of the 16 teams at Afcon 2015 have opened the tournament by scoring one goal.

    These sides are back in action on 24 January. Ivory Coast take on Mali, Cameroon face Guinea.


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    A reminder that in a short while, we will publish a piece on the best players seen in the first round of group stage games and some of your tweets and suggestions will form part of it. Send us your views to #bbcafcon2015.

    Tipz; Algeria's Brahimi has some magic feet, my best player so far.

    Reagan Mitchel: Sibusiso Vilakazi for South Africa.

    Mamadi Sirleaf: DRC Yannick Bolasie have been unplayable. His pace and strength have been so much exceptional.

    Koech Chepkole: Has to be Aubameyang; he was outstanding and that celebration was superb! serious contender for African player of the year 2015.


    Mali 1-1 Cameroon

    This is getting familiar. A fifth 1-1 draw of the tournament in just eight outings. Like those games before, so little between the teams.

    Mali deservedly led and will rue not defending Raoul Loe's superb long ball which created the leveller. All square in Group D.

    Africa Cup of Nations Group D

    A reminder, if teams are level on points at the end of the group stages, their head-to-head record will be used to split them.

  6. CLOSE!

    Mali 1-1 Cameroon

    Another massive offside call as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is brought down in a Cameroon attack. He is in the area and clattered by the on rushing goalkeeper but the flag is again rightly raised. Good decisions at both ends.

  7. Post update

    Mali 1-1 Cameroon

    Seydou Keita

    Mali 1-1 Cameroon

    Seydou Keita - a man of experience - stands over the dead ball. It is 25 yards out, left of centre...shoots...palmed away...rebound...goal.

    Yellow celebrations everywhere but no, the flag is up. It is the right call but my word is that close. Cameroon's goalkeeper can thank his lucky stars.

  9. Post update

    Mali 1-1 Cameroon

    These do look like two decent sides capable of moving on in this tournament. We have a minute to go, any hero out there?

    Managers are pointing and Mali will make another change, maybe they are happy with a point? Free-kick given to the Eagles though and it is in shooting range.

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    Jeremiah Kariuki: Super ball control and calmness in striking it into the net. Good goal by Oyongo, for the equalizer.

  11. Post update

    Mali 1-1 Cameroon

    This would be the fifth 1-1 draw in eight matches in the tournament. When did this unpredictable tournament become so predictable?

  12. Post update

    Mali 1-1 Cameroon

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: NOISE. Most of the fans inside this stadium are here supporting Cameroon. Equatorial Guinea's neighbours were invited to come to this tournament, leaving their passports at the border for collection on the way home. Not sure how many have travelled, or who are the ex-pats, but they are LOUD.

  13. GOAL

    Mali 1-1 Cameroon - Ambroise Oyongo

    Leveller and beautifully taken. Ambroise Oyongo gets his first internatonal goal and never has there been a better time but what a ball by Raoul Loe.

    He collects on the centre circle and pings a straight ball over the heart of the defence - think Rory McIlroy punching one into the green - which drops 10 yards from goal onto Oyongo's foot. He is already bursting towards goal from deep and his touch and momentum take him closer to convert from six yards.

  14. Post update

    Mali 1-0 Cameroon

    Mali fans are dancing in the stands, a bit premature maybe but their side deserve this lead. The have created the better chances. Now it is a case of grafting for every yard, covering every blade of grass and they have already shown they are not afraid of hard work.

  15. Mali

    Mali 1-0 Cameroon


    World Ranking: 49

    Population: 15.3m

    National dish: Malian dishes vary from region to region, but the staples are normally rice, millet, sorghum and fonio (a fine-grained cereal found in Africa). These are served with sauces of fish, meat or vegetables.

    Main export: Gold


    Mali 1-0 Cameroon

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Franck Etoundi, who has just come on for Cameroon, is captain Stephane Mbia's brother and scored on his debut in a drawn warm-up game against DR Congo. Plays for FC Zurich.


    Mali 1-0 Cameroon

    Cameroon, what are you all about?

    Unbeaten in nine games since the World Cup you need something now. Vincent Aboubakar has some space and it's three v two but he can't find the pass. Off comes Franck Kom, on is Franck Etoundi - brother of Stephane Mbia.

  18. Post update

    Mali 1-0 Cameroon

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Ha! What was I just saying? We've had at least one lengthy stoppage, Cameroon have at least 20 minutes to turn this around. Mali have reached the semi finals on their last two appearances at the Cup of Nations, losing to runners-up Ivory Coast in 2012 and eventual champions Nigeria a year later.

  19. Post update

    Mali 1-0 Cameroon

  20. GOAL

    Mali 1-0 Cameroon - Sambou Yatabare

    No it will not be Ed. Our 100% record of goals in games continues.

    One of the many fouls in this second half prompts a free-kick delivery and Sambou Yatabare drops to the back post. The ball whistles through bodies and finds him...chest...volley...goal.

    Mustapha Yatabare

    Just a second international goal for the Guingamp midfielder.

  21. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon


    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: The referee using that whistle more and more. These sides like two boxers, dancing around in the early rounds and working the jab, now the hard body punches. We can HEAR these challenges. Surely a game that promised so much isn't going to be the first nil-nil of Afcon2015?

  22. Ouch

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    It will come as little surprise in this game so far, but we have another player wiped out on the floor, begging for some mercy. Mali's Adama Tamboura - a defender, not some lightweight forward - meets Raoul Loe in a 50-50 and the coming together is brutal. Tamboura takes his shin pad out and hobbles off for a bit.

    Loe now gets a whack from another player. This is not for those of a nervous disposition.

  23. CLOSE!

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    There are openings here yet, but we need a goal before this becomes a point gained rather than two dropped for each side.

    Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gets in behind for Cameroon but the angle is against him and he can only hook an effort across the face of goal. It's in keeping with poor finishing in this game. These players need to relax in front of goal.

  24. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    A big tackle from Nicolas N'Koulou in the Cameroon area. He had to get that right. Bakary Sako was motoring and they met like a pair of bulls for a 50-50. A split second late and that was a penalty. The impact is big and Sako does a forward roll.

  25. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    One man runs over the one one fooled...then Aurelien Chedjou runs up..dip...swerve..over.

  26. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    A direct ball from the back by Cameroon gets flicked on and midfielder Edgar Salli hurdles tackles - one chest high - before being felled 20 yards out. A good area for a free-kick...dangerous...

  27. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Just seven of the 46 players in the squads for these two sides play their club football in Africa - a trend we are seeing a lot in this tournament.

    In other news, this one could go close to being the dirtiest game of the tournament so far. We had 48 fouls when Tunisia met Cape Verde. There have been 23 already here.

    No pattern in this second half.

  28. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Mali v Cameroon

    A free-kick from wide gets the big Cameroon build-up and Benjamin Moukandjo's ball in is decent but expertly flicked away by Yacouba Sylla. Good awareness and disciplined marking.

  29. KICK-OFF

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Chuckle Brothers

    No changes and the ball starts the second half like a hot potato..."to me, to you". as the Chuckle Brothers once said. No one wants hold of it so when it is controlled, why not have a pop? Vincent Aboubakar does from range for Cameroon. Not a million miles away.


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    Ekine Moseph: Aubemayang, his pace was key for Gabon.

    Nderitu Wachira: Senegal's Moussa Sow is brilliant.

    Who is your player of the first round so far? Tweet us on #bbcafcon2015.

  31. Watch pre-game Ebola checks

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Ebola checks

    Watch BBC Sport's Alex South take a look at the Ebola screening system at the Africa Cup of Nations games in Equatorial Guinea here.

    All supporters have a temperature check - with those above 38C not allowed in - and must then use a hand-sanitisation gel before entering the stadium.

  32. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Cameroon v Mali

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: "It is not the day, it is not the time, it's over" Cameroon coach Volker Finke last night when asked to reflect on his side's terrible World Cup. For someone who didn't want to talk about it, he told us that Cameroon's preparation for Brazil had actually been really good, and lessons learned from that preparation had been valuable. The way his young side playing here seems to bear that out. Finke also said his squad would "always pay attention to move in one direction" - a pretty clear message for those no longer in the national team who preferred to go their own way.

  33. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Stats which underline an even first half in Malabo. I just wish there was an impact measurement stat so we could see what some of those early Mali challenges came in as. Absolute smashers.

    Match stats

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Chances and a healthy pace, but not the finesse needed in the final third to ripple the net. Mali may look at Mustapha Yatabare's header at the back post but he could not direct on goal. Cameroon have taken a few physical hits, lost a man to injury but coped and had chances of their own. Goals in this, but if it reaches the last 20 at deadlock they may both stick rather than twist.

  35. CLOSE!

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Rory Delap

    Rory Delap may have been a sought-after talent in Africa. Long throws are a big thing in this tournament and the latest Mali effort causes a few ricochets and a goalkeeper getting bashed alike a dodgem.

    Midfielder Sambou Yatabare - not to be confused with striker Mustapha Yatabare - dangles a leg at the ball in the box but the goalkeeper proves he can handle this fairground and collects.

  36. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Just when Mali seemed to be getting on top, Moukandjo's header almost puts Cameroon in front. Rarely seen a game with so many 'almosts' and 'maybes' - both sides launching waves of attacks, both defences equal to them. Crazy tempo, whose legs can last the longest?

  37. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

  38. CLOSE!

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Mamoutou N'Diaye is on thin ice. He's already been booked and a tangle this time around could realistically have been a second yellow card.

    Benjamin Moukandjo leaps to meet a cross at the back stick for Cameroon but heads wide. A decent chance but his marker just about backed into him enough to make it tricky.

  39. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Mali with six shots to their opponents' two so far. Certainly with their direct running they look most likely. Cameroon's full-backs commit to attacks quickly and you get the sense a Mali counter-attack could pay dividends.

  40. CLOSE!

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    The space between Cameroon's right centre-back and right full-back is posing issues as Mali have a third attempt on goal from exploiting the area.

    Mustapha Yatabare profits this time but he draws a third save from Fabrice Ondoa - who is on Barcelona's books.

  41. Cameroon

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon


    World Ranking: 42

    Population: 22m

    National dish: Ndole is the dish of Cameroon. The dish consists of a stew of nuts, ndoleh (bitter leaves indigenous to west Africa), and fish or beef.

    Main export: Crude petroleum

  42. CLOSE!

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    I did say Kenny Jackett would be proud to see his Wolves charge Bakary Sako play well, he may now want him to calm it or offers may land on the Molyneux doorstep.

    Sako blows away his marker on the break, opens his legs, he's motoring, but his shot from an angle is again parried out. Superb play by the 26-year-old.


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    Amo-shi: Moussa Sow, sensational impact player, but got to go for Gabon's Pierre Aubameyang, seems destined to put to rest 2013 ghosts.

    Who is your player of the first round so far? Tweet us on #bbcafcon2015.


    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    A number of the players on show here are sporting haircuts which have detailed lines shaved into the design. I thought that fad ended around 10 years ago?

    Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Schalke has a lash from range...all wrong. And we have our first booking...Mamoutou N'Diaye of Mali for a silly shirt tug.

  45. CLOSE!

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Vincent Aboubakar is slipped in for Cameroon - their talisman can shoot...brilliantly tackled. From the break down he floats a cross in and a header on goal is smartly tipped over. Better from Cameroon.

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    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Just been outside talking to Ivory Coast fans. One man, eyes almost scrunched shut like he was in pain, told us he was unhappy because his team hadn't played to win - they'd played to draw. I'd say they were very lucky to get the point. Hope he has more cheerful days ahead.

    So many fans streamed out after the final whistle in the opening game, and yet the stadium is still so full that supporters are standing. How oversold was this fixture? Great atmosphere and thankfully everyone on their best behaviour.


    Mali 0-0 Cameroon


    Cameroon will have to make a change. Eyong Enoh is hobbling off an Frank Kom comes on. Enoh kicks the turf, he is fuming.

    Bold call here. This game will not be our first scoreless one of the tournament. End-to-end with lots of space opening up. Mali the better side so far.

  48. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Bakary Sakho
  49. CLOSE!

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Wolves boss Kenny Jackett will be encouraged by the start Sako has made. He whips an in-swinging cross into the box and the goalkeeper is out of his net at the back stick...headed wide by Mustapha Yatabare. Wonderful chance.

    Cameroon have injury issues and are readying someone on the bench.


    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    Beautiful stuff from Mali. Seydou Keita starts a move on halfway, finding Bakary Sako and his one-two gives shooting space. The Wolves man opts for power...smash..brilliantly palmed around the post.

  51. Ouch

    Drissa Diakite has started like a man game for battle here. Another tackle, he goes to ground again. Why do something standing up when you can slide around?

    He may have ended Lyon defender Henri Bedimo's night early. Hobbling with the help of physio.

  52. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    We start frenetically, ball pinging around, Drissa Diakite with a strong and well-timed tackle on Cameroon's Ambroise Oyongo.

    Wolves fans - I hope you're supporting Bakary Sako - he gets a good cross in and forces a corner. Bright start, bright yellow shirts. Mali operating a 4-4-2.

  53. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    No Cameroon international can pass without a tilt of the hat to some 1990 moments. Thank you Roger Milla for this jig...

    Roger Milla

    And thank you Benjamin Massing for a sending off which probably set the high-water mark for football fouls. Your assault on Claudio Caniggia was the pinnacle. The game has been more peaceful since. Without you, the clean game we now have would have no basis for comparison.

    Benjamin Massing
  54. Post update

    Mali 0-0 Cameroon

    We are off and Cameroon start well, a free-kick won high up the pitch. What can we expect from this unpredictable football nation...

  55. Post update

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    We have seen a few passionately sung national anthems so far and Cameroon are right up there. Fans going wild in the stands. That was rousing.

  56. Post update

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    The players emerge from the tunnel here. Mali all in yellow, Cameroon in white tracksuits.

    A depressing sight in the crowd as adult supporters use big Vuvuzelas and kids seem to have their own mini versions. The youth of today...

    Who else thought the Vuvuzela ceased to exist after it's all too memorable debut at the 2010 World Cup?


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    This is the final game of the first round of group matches. So far we have had 17 goals in seven fixtures, one red card, a missed penalty and not a single goalless draw.

    But who is your player of the first round so far? Serious business this as your picks will form part of a feature we have planned for later tonight. Tweet us on #bbcafcon2015.

    You can include players from this encounter if you wish..

  58. Pre-match testing

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    As in all of the matches at Afcon 2015 so far, we will see a moment of silence before kick-off to honour those killed in the Ebola Virus epidemic in west Africa.

    this humbling picture of a lady being tested for the infection while entering a stadium today has just appeared in our system. It's tough to comprehend...

  59. How did we get here?

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    Mali reached Afcon 2015 with just nine points in their group. They won three and lost as many, but banked on Ethiopia and Malawi being worse than them as Algeria took top spot.


    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    Mali: Diakite, Tamboura, Coulibaly, Yatabare, Sylla, Sako, Keita, Yatabare, Diakite, N'Diaye, Wague.

    Cameroon: Ebogo, Nkoulou, Loe, Bitolo, Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Salli, Henri, Choupo-Moting, Enoh, Chedjou.

    Did you know? Since 2014 World Cup humiliation in the group stages, Cameroon are eight games unbeaten.

  61. Pot luck...

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's John Bennett is curious as to what Vincent Aboubakar and his pals will serve up...

    John Bennett
  62. Watch me, I'm decent...

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    Vincent Aboubakar

    In 2010, Vincent Aboubakar was selected as an unknown locally-based teenager for Cameroon's 2010 World Cup squad but in the five years since has emerged as the replacement for the legendary Samuel Eto'o at the helm of the team's attack.

    The 22-year-old scored four goals in the qualifiers as Cameroon moved through a difficult group with ease and now turns out for Porto. Some ascent.


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    James Robinson: Favourite goal by an African player is undoubtedly Diomansy Kamara's bicycle-kick equaliser for Fulham against Spurs in 2007.

    Ashleigh Davies: Best African goal? Sunday Oliseh's goal during France '98. For shock value Francois Oman Biyik against Argentina Italia '90.

    Oluwarotimi Finnih: Kanu vs Chelsea (1999); Kanu vs Deportivo (2000); Kanu vs Brazil (96 Olympics)... basically, any and every goal Kanu scored.

    We are asking for your favourite goal by an African player, tweet #bbcafcon2015.

  64. 100 up in the semis

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    Seydou Keita

    Mali will look to ex-Barcelona midfielder turned Roma charge Seydou Keita for inspiration. The 35-year-old has 95 caps and could reach the ton here if they enjoy a run to the semi-finals.

    Such an outcome may not look likely given the strength of their squad, but they have finished third in the last two Africa Cup of Nations, so they know how to take care of business.

  65. You're double booked...

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    Fawlty Towers

    Cameroon have not hit the heights their famous 1990 World Cup run arguably set a platform for, but they have lifted this trophy four times, so know their way around the tournament. Their last success actually came in Mali back in 2002 and it's a good job they probably have fond memories of the country as this time around, the teams have booked into the same hotel.

    I hope it's roomy...

  66. Post update

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    Stephane Mbia will not be one of those household names we see today. The Cameroon star is suspended.

    Stephane Mbia

    Cameroon coach Volker Finke: said "I am very happy to have Stephane Mbia back - he is training with the team and he is completely recovered from injury - it is a pity that he is suspended. But this why we brought in Aurelien Chedjou, so we have another player with lots of experience. It is the first time Chedjou is with the group since the World Cup but he is ready to play and is in good spirits."

  67. On to the next one...

    Mali v Cameroon (19:00 GMT)

    And so we switch. Same venue, same vibrant colour, this time Cameroon v Mali.

    Some more well-known names on show. A win would be huge now given that opening Group D fixture ended in deadlock.

  68. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Oluwarotimi Finnih: African players should show the same respect they have for club to country. How many players has Gervinhio slapped in Roma?

  69. Post update

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    That was a bit harsh on Guinea in my humble opinion. They grafted, took their big chance but could not hold out for a famous win.

    Match stats

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    Sunday Oliseh

    Hawwa Hassan Katsina: Has to be Sunday Oliseh's screamer at France 98. Proper belter.

    Justin Daining: Easily Didier Drogba's header against Bayern in the Champions League .

    Alex Byers: Favourite goal by an African? Has to be the last minute winner by Obafemi Martins for Blues vs Arsenal in 2011 at Wembley!

    We are asking for your favourite goal by an African player, tweet #bbcafcon2015.

  71. Post update

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    We have now seen four 1-1 draws in seven Afcon matches so far.

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea
  72. Post update

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    There always seems to be a big team in every tournament who just don't cut the mustard. Could it be the Elephants here? They were slow, lethargic and just not too interested for spells. A goal down to a superb Mohamed Yattara volley, Gervinho slapped an opponent and saw red.

    His selfish outburst could have been the defining moment in a miserable day but Seydou Doumbia's goal from the bench prevented blushes.


    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    A short corner is worked but the delivery gets smashed away. Back into the

  74. Post update

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    It looks like the draw will happen here as Boubacar Fofana needs treatment and the game is stopped. He will probably need to go off. Wilfried Bony is trudging around. Not been his day aside from a good assist. We have just seconds remaining...corner to Guinea.


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    ashutosh: I just hope Ivory Coast qualify for the knockouts so that Yaya won't play against us on the 31st.

    Ashutosh is obviously a Chelsea fan.

    Feyera Aga Hirpa: Ivory Coast: perennial underachievers.

  76. Post update

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    Around a minute to go. Guinea now looking most likely without threatening anything clear cut. You'd think Ivory Coast may consider this a major let off.


    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    Yaya Toure is brought off and he does not look happy. Cheick Doukouré replaces him but Toure takes off his captain's armband and his body language could depress a lottery winner.

  78. OUCH

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    We have a man down. He is a human skittle. Eric Bertrand Bailly.

    Ten pin bowling

    Brave young man stood in the way of Kevin Constant's free-kick. Like a defiant boxer, he took the blow, but seconds later, dropped like a stone.

    Corner to Guinea. Are we getting another 1-1 draw here?


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    Isaac Navis: If the Africa best player award is given mainly based on international performances, Yaya wouldn't make the first 50. Woeful.

  80. Post update

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    Has he got one more in him?

    Yaya Toure
  81. Post update

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    Ibrahima Traore of Borussia Monchengladbach has led like the captain he is for his side today. Bags of energy and creativity. This time a shot from range is way off target but they look to have settled after that body blow of an equaliser.

    Yaya Toure has not hit his heights today. The man mountain runs with the ball in midfield but falls and then shows his anger by screaming to the heavens.


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    Yaya Toure

    paddy c: Yaya Toure's long ranger against Sunderland at Wembley.

    We are asking for your favourite goal by an African player, tweet #bbcafcon2015.

  83. Guinea boss knows his surroundings

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    Michel Dussuyer
  84. CLOSE!

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea

    Chance..Wilfried Bony...great defending. It looked for all the world that Bony would turn home from three yards after superb wide play by Serge Aurier but his fizzed cross is deflected behind just as Bony draws his foot to tap in.

    We have a right climax on our hands here. Guinea took their goal scorer off seconds before the equaliser. Not ideal timing by the boss...

  85. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Diegwu: What a goal from #LesElephantes. That's why they are the best in Africa. What a pass from Bony.

  86. GOAL

    Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea - Seydou Doumbia

    Just as I wrote them off, substitute Seydou Doumbia steers the leveller into the bottom corner. It's well worked. Yaya to Wilfried Bony with a lofted pass, the new Manchester City striker pulls the ball down and lays it on a plate. Right-foot, across the keeper, bottom corner. Doumbia screams with delight.

  87. Post update

    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea

    Gervinho's dismissal has killed Ivory Cost here. They looked to be at least be improving when he had a moment of sheer madness. Now substitutions are breaking up the game. One cross has caused a moment of uncertainty as Naby Yattara in the Guinea goal palmed the ball into the goal mouth, but aside from that...little.

  88. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Cris Kai: Not surprised Wenger had to sell could such an experienced player cost his team just like that?

    Rob Bown: What's the fastest the Ivory Coast can be kicked out, so we get Yaya and Bony back in the Premier League?

    The group stages are over by the end of the month Rob.

  89. Where is he when they need him?

    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea

    Didier Drogba

    Drogba retired from international football in August 2014.

  90. Post update

    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea

    Ivory Coast boss Herve Renard has the look of a Die Hard villain to me. Thoughts?

    Die Hard characters

    He needs a John McClane to save the day...


    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea

    That's that for Salomon Kalou. On comes Seydou Doumbia of CSKA Moscow - he caused Manchester City problems earlier this season. Siaka Tiene also on for Serey Die who was on a yellow.

  92. CLOSE!

    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea


    Cheick Tiote with what some may call a clever foul, hacking down on the edge of the box to prevent danger. Another card...yellow. The fizzed delivery causes anarchy in the six yard box but a solid punch by Sylvain Gbohouo ends the danger.

  93. Post update

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    BBC Sport's Alex South in Malabo: Gervinho acted worse than my 5 year old son when he saw the red card. Tantrums always lead to time outs!


    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea

    Ivory Coast almost finished off by Ibrahima Traore. All of his own work, cutting in from the right he clipped a shot which Sylvain Gbohouo waved goodbye. The cross bar saves...

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    Yaya Toure runs to take a corner. He really has to find something for his side now as they play on with 10. You'd think they have to commit so this should create bags of space on the break for Guinea.

    Gervinho's red came from nothing. He seemed to protest his marker had stood on his foot. Who now can offer the pace only he was injecting?

  96. RED CARD

    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea (Gervinho)

    Ivory Coast's best player has just fully lost the plot and needs to be restrained. Gervinho, with a headband on, slaps a marker who shows him too much attention off the ball.

    It's been seen. Out comes the red and Gervinho drops to the ground and slaps the floor with both hands.

  97. CLOSE!

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    Yaya Toure, 25 yards, space...well wide. A good area for someone we all know packs a punch. Goal kick. Just 35 minutes away from our first big shock of Afcon 2015 here...

    Max Gradel of St Etienne and once of Leeds United is about to come on for Ivory Coast.


    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea

    Many of you may remember the sight of Serey Die crying his eyes out for Ivory Coast during national anthems at the 2014 World Cup. He's a little puppy isn't he?

    Not quite. As Ibrahima Conté pokes a ball past him and races away he slides a full 10 yards to take the winger out. A professional foul. Had Conte been more central that would have been a red as he was the last man.

  99. Post update

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    Gervinho begs for a free-kick to be taken quickly and it is, he's away, running at the full-back, great defending. Baissama Sankoh looks young and is at just 22. That was calm stuff. He holds off the Roma forward. No danger here...

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    Wilfried Bony
  101. GREAT SAVE!

    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea

    That is more like it. Wilfried Bony plucks a cross-field pass out of the air, spins and volleys a dipper from 25 yards. It's great tip over the bar.

  102. KICK-OFF

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    A referee dripping in what I hope is squirted water rather than sweat (he really should seek help if it's the latter) blows his whistle. The Elephants looked slow and cumbersome in the first 45. Surely they improve.


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    Rashidi Yekini

    twentyfourafterone: Pretty basic goal, but Rashidi Yekini's tap in vs Bulgaria in 94 does it for me. Grabbing the net in tearful celebration...

    We are asking for your favourite goal by an African player, tweet #bbcafcon2015.

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    Torvill & Dean

    Replays of that Yattara volley are great to watch. He volleyed and spun away to celebrate all in one movement. It was Torvill & Dean meets Mark Hughes, with some fireworks thrown in to boot.

  105. No smash and grab

    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea

    No domination here from Ivory Coast's stars.

    BBC stats

    Remember though, we thought Algeria were going to be humbled last night and they came from a goal down to survive a penalty miss and win 3-1.

  106. Post update

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    BBC Sport's Alex South in Malabo: Schools re-open in Guinea on Monday. Been closed since the summer due to Ebola outbreak. I hope they are watching this.

    Sad reality is that the fans in Guinea will probably not be enjoying this in large groups due to fear of spreading the disease

  107. Post update

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    Our man with all the African football nous is not surprised by this one...

    John Bennett
  108. HALF-TIME

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    Guinea fans

    Naby Yattara in the Guinea goal catches a painful one from Wilfried Bony as the half draws to a close. The stopper had to sprint to beat Manchester City's latest acquisition to the ball.

    'Sprint' is a useful word when summing this opening 45 minutes up. Not enough moments of energy - Gervinho aside - for Ivory Coast, plenty of vigour from Guinea and the net is still shaking from Mohamed Yattara's volley.

    The Yattara lads are cousins by the way. A good second-half goalkeeping display here and this will be a day for the family album.

  109. Post update

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    Another Gervinho break leads to a corner as the corresponding cross is cleared. Ivory Coast have wasted so many chances to get balls into dangerous areas. Their manager Herve Renard will surely demand better.

    Cheick Tiote plays a loose pass out for a throw in. You get the feeling that if Guinea make half time with this lead it will be significant.

  110. Post update

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    BBC Sport's Alex South in Malabo: So impressed with Serge Aurier during the World Cup but that's one to forget. The PSG player cleared it straight to Yattara 1-0.

    If Yattara hadn't of scored I'm sure that would have been a penalty as Aurier looked like he handled it as well.

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    An instant show of urgency by Ivory Coast but a delivery from Serge Aurier in the wide area is turned behind by defender Fode Camara. His body shape is all over the show but ultimately he is in the right place to concede a corner and end any danger.

  113. GOAL

    Ivory Coast 0-1 Guinea - Mohamed Yattara

    Hello. Hello.

    Guinea celebrate

    Guinea's white shirts swarm after Mohamed Yattara after he puts them ahead with a wonderful volley. A cross to the back post is headed down and prompts a penalty appeal as it hits an Ivory Coast body but one man cares little for such protestations - Yattara.

    Left foot. It's a lashed volley. Beats the keeper before he moves. Seven goals in 13 internationals for Yattara of Lyon.

  114. Raining cats and dogs

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    Today AFCON descends on Malabo - the capital of Equatorial Guinea, but not for much longer.

    It will be replaced by a city called Oyala - which is currently being built. Oyala will become the headquarters of the president, government, administration, police and military leadership.

    Umbrellas probably sell well in Malabo as in the wet season (mainly July), an average 284 inches of rain falls. For perspective, the highest UK average is October where we get around 91 inches.

  115. Post update

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    I'm sure if you had offered Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer this before kick-off he would have taken it.

    His side have Boubacar Fofana sat in front of their defence and he is not having to work overtime to keep things at bay just yet. Gervinho is again the shining light. He collects a ball...inside left...cuts onto his right foot but can't get hold of it.

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    Jerrim Rawlings: That Gervinho pace is crazy.

  117. Post update

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    In 30 minutes we have seen Yaya Toure complete a 100% record for badly taken free-kicks. All four of his deliveries have found only a white shirt.

    Ivory Coast have generally built their play too slowly but when they do inject some pace right now, Gervinho collects a one-two from Toure and shots at the goalkeeper. He was offside, but more of that and you have to fancy the Elephants to breeze this.

  118. Post update

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    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Sunday in Ebebeyin felt like a day out at a music festival - this feels like international football with fans who really care. What a buzz around this ground .. and remember a lot of these supporters are here for Cameroon v Mali.

    We will live text on that one after this. And speaking of music festivals...please can we see some moves like this later?

    Roger Milla
  119. Post update

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    Now then, how do you defend against pace?

    Fode Camara of Guinea decides Gervinho's turn of foot can be well looked after by simply booting him up into the air. A clinical foul.

    The free-kick delivery from wide is again poor though and Ivory Coast's size and power will not prove useful if crosses are that bad. Gervinho the best player on the pitch so far.

  120. The dapper gaffer

    Ivory Coast 0-0 Guinea

    You may well remember Herve Renard's face. He is the guy who dresses like he is heading for a night clubbing when on the touchline.

    Expensive looking scarves, jeans, open-collar shirts - anything goes. He's impressed with his dress though as Ivory Coast hired the man who guided Zambia to victory over the Elephants in the 2012 final.

    Herve Renard

    He said: "We have had a super training camp where the players were very receptive. For the moment everything is great but the most important thing is the competition."

  121. Post update

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    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Now Gervinho has switched to the left Ivory Coast have gone up a gear. Just looked out the back - still A LOT of fans streaming onto the site and long queues for Ebola screening. This ground will be full by half-time - they're missing the superstars of Ivory Coast's forward line trying to do what they do so well for their clubs.


    Ivory Coast 0-0 Guinea

    A sweeping break, led by Gervinho, almost ends with the ex-Arsenal man opening the scoring. His powerful burst down the left picks out Wilfried Bony but his miscue comes back to Gervinho who lashes a first-time shot from 12 yards, drawing a brilliant tip onto the bar by Naby Yattara.

    One of the saves of the tournament so far.

  123. Post update

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    A first corner for Ivory Coast arrives as a cross is deflected behind but a low delivery is easily cleared. The pace is timid here.

    Rugby ball

    Lanfia Camara in Guinea's midfield plays a pass more at home at Twickenham than on a football field. An up and under from right to left. Wouldn't fancy putting a head on that. It orbited the sun.

  124. Post update

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    Borussia Monchengladbach's Ibrahima Traore is Guinea's go-to man and he races down the right to bend in a cross. Enthusiasm is keeping the underdogs on top early on. Ivory Coast have passed it a little better in recent minutes but Wilfried Bony sticks his back side out to hold off a challenge and that is seen as backing in by the referee.

    Kenny Dalglish would not have had a career if he couldn't use his body like that.

  125. Post update

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    Boubacar Fofana, wearing sweat bands on each wrist like a Guinean Tim Henman is on the end of another corner but his header looks more like a defensive clearance than deft flick at goal. High and wide but encouraging for Guinea.


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    Yaya Toure

    BBC Sport's John Bennett Over 100 caps in 11 years, today Yaya Toure starts his 6th AFCON. One last chance to win a title with Ivory Coast?

  127. Post update

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    A corner for Guinea finds a near-post runner but he cannot guide an effort on goal. Guinea have never beaten Ivory Coast but they certainly don't look intimidated by the record books early on.

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    Ivory Coast v Mali

    Guinea want to set their stall out early on and show they are not intimidated by this Ivory Coast side, so there is nothing like a good honest bit of competitive play to set the tone.

    Yaya Toure is on the receiving end as a bouncing ball sees an opposing player challenge him around the shoulder. Needless to say, that is a high foot in anyone's language and the free-kick is given.

    As a caveat, not sure if these skin-tight tops suit Yaya.


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    Andrew Priestley: Excited to see how the Ivory Coast perform, they're certainly the favourites on paper. The Yaya/Bony link will be crucial.

  130. KICK-OFF

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    Ivory Coast

    So here we go then. Ivory Coast, packed with Champions-League level talent, take on a side expected to finish bottom of the group.

    No pressure lads...

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    Ivory Coast v Guinea (16:00 GMT)

    Serge Aurier, the Paris St-Germain defender, is deep in prayer before kick-off as the teams switch ends after the coin toss. The pitch, on the face of it, looks the best we've seen in four days so far.

    Now for a poignant minute of silence to honour those lost to the Ebola virus in west Africa. Guinea know of this tragedy only too well and you can read more on why lower down in this live text.

  132. Anthem time

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    The players walk out on the pitch, Ivory Coast - wonderfully nicknamed the Elephants - stand all in orange for their national anthem.

    Guinea's anthem kicks in and without sounding cruel, their captain Ibrahima Traore looks like a competition winner stood next to their goalkeeper. He looks tiny.

  133. International stars vs consistent failure

    Ivory Coast v Guinea (16:00 GMT)

    So why were Ivory Coast favourites with the bookmakers ahead of this competition?

    They were firm favourites for each of the last four African Nations Cups but fell short every time and qualified despite a 4-1 defeat in Cameroon and a surprise 4-3 home loss at the hands of Democratic Republic of Congo.

    They have players with rounded experience though as 22 of the 23-man party play outside of Africa. Only midfielder Roger Assale plies his trade there, with DR Congo-based side Mazembe.

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    BBC Sport's Alex South in Malabo: 15 minutes before kick off. This is the scene in Malobo. The fans are still waiting outside desperate to get in.

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    BBC's Alex South in Malobo: No need for a creche for these Ivory Coast fans. I hope they've got tickets.


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    Now speaking of Tony Yeboah - a man well versed in the art of breaking the net - our talking point today asks you to name the greatest goal you have seen scored by an African player.

    Tonnes to choose from if you put your thinking caps on. Tweet us on #bbcafcon2015 or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  137. Favourites have little to show

    Ivory Coast v Guinea (16:00 GMT)

    Ivory Coast may well be the pre-tournament favourites with the bookies, but they have only ever won this tournament once, so pedigree at Afcon is lacking.

    They lifted the trophy 23 years ago after an 11-10 penalty shootout success against Ghana. Tony Yeboah was on target for the losing side. We all love Tony don't we?

    Tony Yeboah
  138. Team news

    Ivory Coast v Guinea (16:00 GMT)

    The teams are in for this meeting and Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure are joined by former Premier League stars Salomon Kalou and Gervinho.

    Ivory Coast: Gbohouo, Aurier, Kolo, Bailly, Kanon, Dié, Tioté, Yaya, Kalou, Bony, Gervinho.

    Guinea: N Yattara; Issiaga, Pogba, F Camara, Sankoh, N Keita, B Fofana, Constant, Conte, Traore, M Yattara.

    Did you know? Guinea lost their only warm-up fixture for this tournament 5-2 to Senegal a week ago.

  139. Out with the old...

    Ivory Coast v Guinea (16:00 GMT)

    Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard says he has struck a balance between the old and the new for this tournament.

    The likes of Yaya Toure, Gervinho and Wilfried Bony remain in their 23-man squad, but a few including the 123-time capped Didier Zokora are no longer part of the party.

    Renard says: "It is a transition between the old generation, which had some fantastic players - only some of who remain, and a lot of young players. Only 13 players were at the last World Cup, which was only six months ago. It is a new squad. Of course the base of this team has some experience but we also need to find new players."

  140. More virus screening...

    Ivory Coast v Guinea (16:00 GMT)


    BBC's Alex South in Malabo: Same problem different day. Fans waiting up to an hour in 40 degree heat as the Ebola screening process again holds things up. Supporters getting a bit hot and bothered and I've seen one or two arguments already break out but again the Police are quick to try and diffuse the situation.

    It's not helping that you have four different sets of travelling fans all descending on the same place at the same time. The tension is building and it has little to do with the football.

    Estadio Nuevo Malabo will host both games today back-to-back.

  141. Guinea's Ebola battle

    Ivory Coast v Guinea (16:00 GMT)

    Ibrahima Traore

    Borussia Monchengladbach winger Ibrahima Traore says the players were tested for Ebola in the dressing room, just before a vital match against Togo.

    "We felt disrespected in other countries. To us it was like some people were seeing us Guineans not as human beings but as a disease," Traore told BBC Sport.

    "We got a $30,000 (£19,700) bonus for qualifying and I gave that money directly to charities fighting the disease. At the Africa Cup of Nations we want to fight for the people who are struggling due to Ebola."

  142. Guinea's Ebola battle

    Ivory Coast v Guinea (16:00 GMT)

    Africa map

    If any team at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations understand the perils of the Ebola Virus epidemic which prompted this tournament to be re-located from Morocco, it is Guinea.

    Nearly 2,000 people have died from the disease in the country and during qualifying, the national team played every match away from home.

    Head coach Michel Dussuyer said: "It has made us stronger. We really wanted to qualify for the Guinean people, to give some happiness for them because it is a very difficult moment in the country and we wanted to fight for them. It was not easy when people talked about Ebola - we were not well received when we played away."

  143. Welcome to Afcon day four...

    What's in store...

    We are averaging 2.5 goals a game at Afcon 2015 so far and a plethora of talent will take to the field on day four, so expect that to ramp up.

    First it's Ivory Coast against Guinea - a side with an eye-opening back story (coming next) - then Cameroon take on Mali. If Cameroon players score and don't dance, I'll eat the desk I'm sitting at.

    Our kick-off times are 16:00 GMT and 19:00 GMT, so go get your African Cous Cous on to simmer as we build-up...

    Tiote, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Wilfried Bony
  144. Welcome to Afcon day four

    The weird and wonderful...

    A tournament which was meant to be in Morocco, but is actually in Equatorial Guinea. But don't confuse them with Guinea, who play today.

    In Africa we may well be, but 43 of the 46 players set to be involved in our opening game play in Europe. One of our teams today has recently been tested for a deadly virus in their own changing room.

    A face we all know has trophies aplenty, but nothing to show for international exploits...

    Yaya Toure

    Welcome to the turbulent world of Afcon. Yaya and the gang start the tournament as favourites but be warned, nothing is quite as it seems here...