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James Gheerbrant and Emlyn Begley

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  1. Goodbye

    That's it from us. Thanks for staying with us - you were certainly rewarded if you kept the faith until the second half of South Africa v Senegal.

    If your Afcon appetite is as insatiable as ever, you'll be glad to hear that we're back tomorrow at around 15:30 GMT for Ivory Coast v Mali. Until then, au revoir.

  2. How's stat?

    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    South Africa have won just one of their last 14 Afcon games (D7 L6).

    Senegal have attempted more crosses (61) than any other side in this year's tournament.

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    Afcon Group C table

    Before we go, a quick look at the Group C table. Senegal's equaliser puts them in the box seat and makes life difficult for South Africa, but all four teams still have a chance of qualifying and all four could yet be eliminated.

    South Africa will have to win their final game, against Ghana, to have any chance of going through. If Ghana get a result, then tournament favourites Algeria may need to beat Senegal to avoid being knocked out at the first opportunity.

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    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    South Africa v Senegal match stats

    A pretty even game in truth. South Africa created more chances but Senegal saw more of the ball and hit the target with more of their shots.

    All in all, 1-1 was probably a fair result. That's the sixth 1-1 we've seen in 14 matches at this tournament so far.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "So Senegal couldn't conjure up another last-minute winner. Instead they're forced to take a point - and Group C is living up to its reputation. Senegal lead the way on four points - their final game is against Algeria, who are there with Ghana on three. And South Africa still have hope. Beat Ghana and hope Senegal beat Algeria and Bafana Bafana can still sneak through. Proper entertainment in our second game - and this group is really entertaining too."


    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    Well that livened up in the second half, didn't it? South Africa were the better side for much of that match and again you can't help but be impressed by their intricate style of football, but once again they faded in the latter stages and Senegal claimed a deserved equaliser to take control of this group.

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    Is that the last chance? South Africa have a three-on-three, Bernard Parker is played in down the right, he opts to cross but his dinked delivery is behind Sibusiso Vilakazi.

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    Three minutes added. It's been end-to-end in this second half. South Africa striker Tokelo Rantie, who has led the line tirelessly, makes a great diagonal run and works a bit of space for a shot but can only locate the side netting.

  10. CLOSE!

    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    And from it, Senegal should have taken the lead. Kara Mbodj is the man again, meeting Papakouli Diop's outswinging corner unchallenged, but this time he can't direct his header goalwards.

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    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    Can Senegal find a late winner for the second game in a row? They look the more likely at the moment. Sadio Mane wins a corner.


    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham is on to stiffen the Senegal defence. Alfred N'Diaye makes way.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "We've got to the part of the match where the press box is one of the noisiest places in the ground. Not with the sound of commentators - but with desperate South African/Senegalese journalists cheering/berating their team."

  14. CLOSE!

    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    And now it's South Africa's turn to go close! Beautiful intricate interplay in the penalty area ends with the ball being presented on a plate for Andile Jali six yards out, but a terrific block from Ludovic Sane denies him.

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    Kwaku Bonsu Jude: Come on SA, this is the Afcon, obviously the first goal is not enough

  16. CLOSE!

    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    And Dame N'Doye very nearly does give Senegal the lead! He cuts inside from the right and lets fly from 20 yards, bringing a fine flying save from Jackson Mabokgwane.


    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    Senegal coach Alain Giresse introduces Dame N'Doye up front in place of Moussa Sow. That's the reverse of the change he made in their first match, when Sow came on and scored a late winner - can N'Doye do the same?


    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    Finally, the referee's patience snaps. South Africa captain Dean Furman goes in late on Idrissa Gueye and picks up the game's first yellow card.

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    Ojelabi Tosin: I think the best time to watch the Afcon 2015 is in the second half where the action comes alive.

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    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    Big chance for South Africa as the substitute Reneilwe Letsholonyane bursts through the middle and feeds Tokelo Rantie, who is denied by a great block by Kara Mbodji.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "The pitch in Mongomo is beginning to look its age... ie young. That bobble which forced Mame Biram Diouf into an embarrassing air shot - a couple of large divots in the penalty area in front of me. They didn't let any of the teams train here yesterday (as they should normally be allowed to do). And I counted 13 people at half time tamping down and repairing. Still not disastrous by any means - given the circumstances."


    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    South Africa goalscorer Oupa Manyisa is off. Shakes Mashaba gives a 20-minute run-out to Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

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    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    South Africa skipper Dean Furman tries his luck from range but his shot trundles innocuously wide.

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    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    South Africa are on the ropes here. Lamine Gassama does brilliantly to dig out a cross from the right and Mame Diouf flicks a header just wide.

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    Another heart-in-mouth moment for South Africa keeper Jackson Mabokgwane, who flaps at the cross and somehow manages to gather at the second time of asking. How Bafana Bafana miss Senzo Meyiwa.

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    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    Senegal suddenly look strong and purposeful now. Sadio Mane drives to the byeline and wins a corner. Into the final quarter - will we see a winner here?


    South Africa 1-1 Senegal

    Striker Bernard Parker enters the fray for South Africa, replacing Thuso Phala.

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    South Africa have a promising free-kick 25 yards out, but Oupa Manyisa steps up and smashes it over the wall.

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    South Africa stat
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    Senegal came on strong in the final half-hour against Ghana. South Africa faded badly in the latter stages of their match against Algeria. Will we see a similar story tonight?

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "So the question now for South Africa is how they cope with conceding a goal after taking the lead. Against Algeria they imploded. But if they're to retain a real chance of making progress they need to compose themselves."

  32. GOAL

    South Africa 1-1 Senegal - Kara Mbodji

    But Senegal are not to be denied a second time. Again a free-kick proves South Africa's undoing. The cross is hung up towards the back post, where no-one has tracked Kara Mbodji, who beats keeper Jackson Mabokgwane with a bullet header. Again question marks over the keeper, who had advanced off his line into no-man's land.

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    South Africa 1-0 Senegal

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "We've lost the big screen here in Mongomo. It flickered for a bit. Went green. Came back to life. Then went. It doesn't look like it's returning this evening. But why watch the screen when you have the action in front of you! (And it doesn't show replays)..."


    South Africa 1-0 Senegal

    Senegal hoist a free-kick deep to the back post, it's headed back across goal, South Africa keeper Jackson Mabokgwane fumbles and Sadio Mane stabs it into the empty net. But his joy is short-lived - the linesman's flag is up.

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    South Africa 1-0 Senegal

    Senegal look nervy now - they know another goal for South Africa could put them in huge trouble. South Africa skipper Dean Furman applauds in encouragement - his side are in control at the moment.

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    South Africa 1-0 Senegal

    That means everyone in this group is on three points now. It could not be tighter. Senegal's run of Afcon games without a clean sheet stretches to 13. They face Algeria in the final game - that could be a real humdinger, with a quarter-final place at stake.

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    Demba Ba on Twitter

    Demba Ba was left out of the Senegal squad for the tournament and wasn't happy. He's even angrier now...

  38. GOAL

    South Africa 1-0 Senegal - Oupa Manyisa

    Oupa Manyisa

    I ask, and Oupa Manyisa answers. Anele Ngcongca crosses low from the right, it misses everybody and comes to Manyisa at the far post who coolly slots his finish back across Bouna Coundoul. Can South Africa hold onto their lead this time?

  39. KICK-OFF

    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    We're back in action in Mongomo. Let's have a few goals, shall we?

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    I've been on Afcon live text duty since Wednesday, and six games later, I still haven't seen a single first-half goal. The good news is that the second halves have tended to be more entertaining - let's hope that's the case again here.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "Much more entertaining... a few really decent chances here, and Senegal's attacking line-up has looked quick, creative and dangerous. But so far South Africa's defence has held firm and they have created more than enough opportunities themselves. A couple of awesome runs by Sibusiso Vilakazi and Thuso Phala mean Bafana Bafana are right in this game. It still looks like goals - but we haven't had one yet!"


    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Sadio Mane

    The referee blows to end the first half. South Africa have had the better of it, but they haven't made their superiority count.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    That's the best chance of the match, and against the run of play it goes to Senegal. From the corner quadrant, Papakouli Diop's flighted delivery finds Stoke's Mame Diouf all alone at the far post six yards out, but the striker takes his eye off it and plants his header well wide. Should have scored. Two minutes added.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Thabo Matlaba isn't so coy when he gets in a bit of space on the left edge of the penalty area. The South Africa man tries to give Bouna Coundoul the eyes, shaping for the far post and aiming for the near, but his effort curls wide of the post.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Ooh, that's a great opening wasted for South Africa. Tokelo Rantie makes a great run into the area, draws players towards him and slips a square pass to Andile Jali in space, but Jali inexplicably elects to turn the ball back across goal and Senegal clear. Shoot!

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    Dean Furman

    A bit of a lull in this game. South Africa, despite the changes to their back line, have been the better side so far - and they look solidly set up in defence. No way through for Senegal's vaunted forward line so far.

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    South Africa win a free-kick out on the left, which is touched short to Oupa Manyisa, who sends a rising effort over the bar.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    That means a completely rejigged centre-back pairing for South Africa, with Ayanda Gcaba joining Erick Mathotho, who himself replaced Rivaldo Coetzee from South Africa's opening match. Another high challenge sees Andile Jali rolling around in agony, but still the referee keeps his cards in his pocket.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "So for the second game in a row, South Africa have lost a defender early in the game. This time it's Thulani Hlatshwayo - the unfortunate scorer of that own goal in their first game against Algeria. But he had a fine match apart from that, and he'll be missed."


    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Sadio Mane has be industrious for Senegal so far, and it looks like South Africa are doubling up on him. Thulani Hlatshwayo is indeed going to be unable to continue - Ayanda Gcaba is on in his place.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "The bass drum guy has departed. He must have been Ghanaian. But the packed stand opposite me, which is where most of the Senegalese fans are, is jumping to a quicker rhythm. Their boys are keeping the South African defence busy at the moment..."

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    South Africa defender Thulani Hlatshwayo had a clash of heads earlier and he appears to be feeling it now. He's signalling to the bench that he's got double vision. The stretcher is out, and it looks like he could be done here.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Senegal have another free-kick 20 yards out, but this time Papakouli Diop swings it straight into Jackson Mabokgwane's breadbasket.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "There's already more interest in this game than we had in more than an hour of Ghana v Algeria."

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    South Africa have been in the ascendancy so far, but Senegal pose a lingering threat from set pieces. This time Papakouli Diop's free-kick causes all sorts of problems for new keeper Jackson Mabokgwane, who flaps at it for a corner. The keeper does better the second time around, getting a good firm punch on the corner.

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    JavelBleach: Enjoying South Africa's pass and move, but wonder if they have the means to capitalise. Senegal's direct approach may be more efficient.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Thuso Phala drives inside from the right wing, plays a neat give-and-go with Tokelo Rantie and takes a shot which Senegal's Ludovic Sane does superbly to throw himself in the way of. The defender punches the air in delight.

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    Rian Hoskins: Shows Senegal's squad depth that Cheikhou Kouyate and Papiss Cisse, who have played well in the Premier League this season, are on the bench.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Thabo Matlaba is lucky not to pick up a yellow here. Mame Diouf gets tight to him and spins in behind, and the South Africa man blocks him off. And moments later, Sibusiso Vilakazi is guilty of another bad challenge, going in high on Papakouli Diop. The Mauritian referee is taking a lenient approach so far.

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    Nathan Titus: Need to be sticking those chances away, South Africa.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Senegal's Papakouli Diop swings in a searching free-kick from the left flank, but it's headed clear well by South Africa.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    From the corner, Senegal allow Erik Mathotho a free header at the far post, but his effort is blocked by a brilliantly nonchalant backheeled clearance.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Lovely build-up from South Africa, neat one-touch interplay creates a shooting chance for Sibusiso Vilakazi, who brings a save from Bouna Coundoul.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Again Senegal look long. Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf is the target, but he's just offside. A somewhat cagy opening in Mongomo.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    On the evidence of the early stages, South Africa look to be the more methodical of the sides, happy to pass their way through midfield. Senegal by contrast are not afraid to try and spring their fleet-footed attackers over the top.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Senegal's Sadio Mane makes a good driving run from midfield and Thulani Hlatshwayo does really well to intercept his attempted through-ball.

  68. OUCH!

    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    South Africa's Erick Mathotho is down after a nasty collision with Cheikh M'Bengue. Replays show the Senegal player catches him accidentally with a knee to the back of the head. It looks like he'll be OK to continue.

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    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    Immediately Sibusiso Vilakazi has a half-decent chance for South Africa as he meets Tokelo Rantie's right-wing cross, but he steers his effort over the bar.

  70. KICK-OFF

    South Africa 0-0 Senegal

    South Africa, playing in yellow shirts and green shorts, kick us off. Can they put the memories of their opening-day defeat behind them? Senegal in white.

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    Just spotted an amazing comment over on our Facebook page.

    Thabang Mawela: Asamoah Gyan, for the longest time has been the most underrated player of all time in world football. He has never played for a big club like the Ivorians have, yet he is forever consistent for his national team. I'm not even Ghanaian, just a fan of the game that recognises true talent.

  72. South Africa look to keep hopes alive

    South Africa v Senegal (19:00 GMT)

    South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba

    South Africa were unlucky to lose their opening match against Algeria. They dominated for long periods, but saw a penalty miss prove costly as they squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1.

    This squad have plenty to play for after captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was murdered on the eve of the tournament.

    However, coach Shakes Mashaba knows that defeat this evening would deal a huge blow to his side's qualification hopes, with all the other teams in this group now on three points.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "How much drama can you take for one night? A last-gasp winner for Ghana seems to have been enough for some people - it's thinned out a bit. Meanwhile it's goosebump time as South Africa's national anthems rings out. Surely one of the best in the world...

    "Other national anthems are available (Senegal's included) and that's ringing around the ground now..."

  74. Senegal look to strikers

    South Africa v Senegal (19:00 GMT)

    Senegal football team

    Senegal have the chance to take a firm grip on this group following today's earlier result. They showed impressive resilience in their opening game, coming from behind to beat Ghana 2-1 courtesy of a last second-winner from Moussa Sow.

    Coach Alain Giresse is blessed with a rather top-heavy squad that includes, among an embarrassment of striking riches, Southampton's Sadio Mane and Newcastle's Papiss Cisse, as well as Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf.

    It's at the back that their traditional weaknesses lie, though West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate has to make to do with a place on the bench despite his impressive season.

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    Ghana 1-0 Algeria

    Ghana coach Avram Grant has been asked about matchwinner Asamoah Gyan: "He was not fit - he didn't train like he needed to - but he's Asamoah Gyan, if you look at the stats and his behaviour in the dressing room. You know I have been coach of some of the great players - he's one of the greatest. First - he always scores when you need him. Second - he's good for the spirit of the team - he's a very good captain."

  76. Over in Cambridge...

    If you want to follow tonight's FA Cup match between Cambridge and Manchester United, we have a live text on it on our website. Flicking between this and that is acceptable.

    In fact if you're in the UK and pay a TV licence, you can watch the game on that page too.


    South Africa v Senegal (19:00 GMT)

    South Africa announced their line-up several hours before kick-off.

    They made two changes from their opening 3-1 defeat by Algeria. Keeper Darren Keet is dropped in favour of Jackson Mabokgwane and Erick Mathoho comes into central defence for the injured Rivaldo Coetzee.

    Senegal make five changes from their win over Ghana. Moussa Sow, the man who scored that last-gasp winner against the Black Stars, comes into the starting line up - as does Southampton's Sadio Mane - who was an injury doubt in the build up to the finals. Amongst those giving way, Dame Ndoye and Cheikou Kouyate.

  78. LINE-UPS

    South Africa v Senegal (19:00 GMT)

    South Africa: Mabokgwane, Hlatshwayo, Mathoho, Ngcongca, Matlaba, Furman, Vilakazi, Manyisa, Jali, Phala, Rantie. Subs: Keet, Nhlapo, Masango, Zungu, Ndulula, Letsholonyane, Sangweni, Parker, Zwane, Phungwayo, Khuzwayo.

    Senegal: Coundoul, Ludovic Sane, M'Bengue, Mbodji, Gassama, Diop, N'Diaye, Gueye, Diouf, Mane, Sow. Subs: Gomis, Djilobodji, Kouyate, N'Doye, Badji, Toure, Cisse, Souare, Konate, Salif Sane, Saivet, Camara.

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    South Africa v Senegal (19:00 GMT)

    We will now turn our attention to South Africa v Senegal in the group's second match of the day. That kicks off in 30 minutes.

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    Asmoah Gyan scores

    Was that the dramatic moment of the tournament so far? Was it the worst game?

    Let us know using #bbcafcon2015 or via text 81111.

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    Asamoah Gyan hugs Avram Grant

    Ceri Jones: Avram Grant slowly destroying a side who have previously been a joy to watch

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    Ghana 1-0 Algeria

    Afcon Group C table

    So that result means Ghana leapfrog Algeria in the Group C table. The Fennecs may need to better Ghana's result against South Africa in their final group game against Senegal.

    Senegal are arguably the major beneficiaries of that result and can take a tight grip on this group if they beat South Africa later. They can't qualify for certain today though.

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    Ghana 1-0 Algeria

    Ghana v Algeria match stats

    Ghana probably just about deserved to nick that one, particularly on the strength of their second-half performance. They marginally shaded position and creating more shooting opportunities.

    Algeria, so highly rated and hotly tipped in many quarters, were desperately disappointing. No shots on target tells the story of their lacklustre display.

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    Vera Kwakofi: What does it say about the rest of the Ghana team that our first three points came from the man sick with malaria?

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    Ghana 1-0 Algeria

    You have to hand it to Asamoah Gyan. He has only just recovered from a bout of malaria, and in truth he looked well off the pace for most of that match, but he left Carl Medjani treading in treacle for the winner. He's scored in each of his last six games for Ghana - enough to silence the calls for his retirement (see 88 mins)?


    Ghana 1-0 Algeria

    What drama. Ghana are back in the mix. It wasn't a classic, but that dramatic late winner could yet prove to be crucial for Ghana - and Algeria.

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    Ghana 1-0 Algeria

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "What a moment for Asamoah Gyan. They need this win and surely they're going to get it now! The captain has come back and won it for the Black Stars!"

  88. GOAL

    Ghana 1-0 Algeria - Asamoah Gyan

    Asamoah Gyan
    Asamoah Gyan

    This game has a late twist! Ghana were undone by a late goal in their last match, but this time they benefit from one. A long ball is lumped forward from the back by Wakaso Mubarak, Asamoah Gyan shows strength to get away from a lumbering Carl Medjani, and he pokes a good finish past Rais M'Bohli. The Black Stars are alive in this tournament, and this group is wide open.

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    Patrick Awards: It's frustrating to see our Ghana squad in recent time. It's heartbreaking that we cannot find the back of the net.

    Rare guy: ‏This has to be the most boring Afcon since Mali 2002. Too many drawn games so far. Very little drama.

    Wait for it...

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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Algeria may be the highest-ranked team at this tournament but they don't look a happy team at the moment. They've been outplayed by Ghana in this second half, but it's the Fennecs who will be happier with a draw, having won their first game. Three added minutes to endure.

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    Antonio Albertez: Asamoah Gyan should retire after this tournament. He has played diabolical football today.

    This is even more reactionary than most England fans after a poor World Cup.

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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    A momentary glimmer of excitement for Algeria as Riyad Mahrez's clever reverse pass releases Sofiane Feghouli into a shooting position, but the midfielder elects to dink a hopeful cross across goal instead. No-one on the end of it.

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    Bubacarr Danso: Very poor game, no quality whatsoever.


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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    The delivery from the free kick is decent from Wakaso Mubarak, but Algeria skipper Madjid Bougherra, who has as good a claim as anyone to the Man of the Match award today, gets a good defensive header in.

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    Aminu Hamidu: Mahatma Otoo must be starting, the only natural striker we have at the moment

    Kwame Gyan: This has got to be the most average Black Stars team in 30 years.


    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Yacine Brahimi, who has been really disappointing today, gives away a free-kick and is promptly hooked by Christian Gourcuff. Algeria bring on Foued Kadir of Real Betis in his place.


    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Avram Grant never looks entirely chuffed to bits on the sidelines and the Ghana coach hasn't been given much to smile about today. He makes his final change, bringing on striker Solomon Asante in place of Andre Ayew.

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    Geoffrey Taghili: Riyad Mahrez can be the greatest Algerian player ever, but he first must learn to find an end product.

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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Ghana win a free-kick in a fairly central position 25 yards. Asamoah Gyan, only recently off his sickbed, steps up. Is the hour of destiny upon us? Er, no. He skies a horrendous effort miles over the bar. Woeful.

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    Young Mills: Asamoah Gyan killing it in the UAE but where's that same prolific striker for Ghana?


    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Jordan Ayew is hooked for Ghana. Youngster Mahatma Otoo, who plays his club football in Norway, replaces him.

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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    New man Riyad Mahrez takes advantage of a Ghanaian slip to burst down the right but his shot from a tight angle is well over the bar. You may not be entirely surprised to learn we've only had one shot on target so far.

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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Madjid Bougherra, who has had a good game, swaggers forward out of defence and spreads the ball wide right to Yacine Brahimi. Brahimi, who hasn't, sends his cross straight out of play.

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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Ghana's Andre Ayew bashes the turf in frustration. A quick throw-in allows Christian Atsu the space to deliver a good cross from the right, the Marseille man bursts between the centre-backs but can't get above the ball and squirts his header over.


    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez enters the fray for Algeria, with Mehdi Lacen making way. Mahrez usually plays on the right, so that switch could see Nabil Bentaleb move into a more central role.

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    Albert in Canterbury: Against a strong and confident side as Algeria, Ghana certainly need to be more creative with their attack.

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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "This game is coming to life a bit... we've seen Yacine Brahimi and Nabil Bentaleb combine well; Jordan and Dede Ayew get some moves going, and a couple of chances for Asamoah Gyan..."

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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Asamoah Gyan

    We haven't seen the best of Asamoah Gyan today but he certainly knows where the goal is...

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    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    It's a more open game now. Asamoah Gyan gets on the end of a good through-ball but rather than taking a touch, he elects to shoot first time and scuffs his effort well wide.

  110. CLOSE!

    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Algeria break quickly and Sofiane Feghouli finds Nabil Bentaleb storming through in glorious isolation on the right. The Tottenham man just goes at the ball a bit tentatively and sends his shot wide of the far post.

  111. Post update

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    Algeria's Carl Medjani commits the most obvious foul of the day, climbing all over Asamoah Gyan as if he were a stepladder. From the free kick, Wakaso Mubarak pings it straight out of play. The centre-backs, who trotted all the way upfield, don't look best pleased.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "That's more like it from Ghana! Things are beginning to get more lively and the atmosphere is buzzing again. Finally we're seeing a bit of Asamoah Gyan. Still nothing on target though..."

  113. CLOSE!

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    The brothers almost combine successfully. Ghana switch the play towards Andre Ayew in acres of space on the left, he tricks Aissa Mandi with some nimble footwork and pokes in a cross to the near post, where Jordan Ayew flicks just over the bar.

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    Nabil Bentaleb

    Nabil Bentaleb zips a long ball forward in search of Algeria's fresh striker Islam Slimani. Slimani caused the Germany defenders plenty of problems with that sort of run when the sides met at the World Cup, but on this occasion the ball is overhit.

  115. Text us on 81111

    Nick in Cambridge: If they aren't going to use him, can Ghana send Kwesi Appiah back to Cambridge United in time for tonight's match against Manchester United?

    Appiah's loan spell has expired but he has sent this message to his old club: "Sorry I can't be there to support you or play. But good luck guys. You can do it. There are always big shocks in the FA Cup so why not be one of them."


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    A change apiece. Nelson (49 mins) gets his wish as Wakaso Mubarak replaces Afriyie Acquah for Ghana, and Algeria introduce striker Islam Slimani for Ishak Belfodil. Both straight swaps.

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    Christian Atsu shows good feet to work a bit of space on the right, he lofts in a good cross towards Asamoah Gyan, and Algeria right-back Aissa Mandi does well to get his head on it. Ghana on top now.

  118. CLOSE!

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    Ghana have been the more enterprising side since the break and they so nearly get their reward. Harrison Afful, who's been the game's most prominent player so far, whips in an absolute doozy of a cross to the near post, Asamoah Gyan gets across Madjid Bougherra but the striker directs his header just wide.

  119. Post update

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    BBC World Service's John Bennett: I've been busier than the two keepers over the last 50 minutes and all I've done is send an email and make a cup of tea. #SomeoneShoot

  120. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Nelson Oppong: Ghana is in some really bad shape. Solomon Asante and Wakaso Mubarak needed.

  121. Post update

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "An awful lot of people have gone to get a snack/drink at half-time. Not the most enthralling game and now there are empty seats in most sections of the ground."

    We're thankful Matthew has decided to brave the second half.

  122. Reasons to be optimistic?

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    Algeria stat
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    Jonathan Mensah finds Harrison Afful with an excellent raking crossfield pass but the Ghana full-back chests it straight out of play. Then up the other end, Yacine Brahimi miscontrols Ishak Belfodil's flick-on. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

  124. Join the debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Kwame Adika: All good Ghanaians WANT Ghana to lose today, and I am one of them. Go Algeria, we love you here in Accra.

    Awal Fuseini on text (81111): People claiming to be Ghanaians on the BBC website want Ghana to lose. They are probably dual citizens, I doubt their loyalty.

  125. Post update

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    Jordan Ayew picks up the ball on the left and tries to cut inside Aissa Mandi via a few stepovers but the Algeria full-back does well to block his shot.

  126. Text us on 81111

    Ghana and Algeria players clash

    Anon: I am picturing a sending off for Ghana shortly after the break.

  127. KICK-OFF

    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    We're back under way in Mongomo. It can only get better - can't it?

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    GoonerAfari: Black Stars are playing their worst football since 2006 in this Afcon.

    Joma: You've made my lecture go quicker, so thank you, but the games sounds terrible!

  129. Post update

    BBC Sport's Piers Edwards on Twitter: This game is Afful, going from Badu to worse. It needs to Rais itself. Ayew enjoying? (so bad I've resorted to this)

  130. Mayuka's tournament in jeopardy

    Emmanuel Mayuka

    Zambia and Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka injured himself stretching for the ball in yesterday's defeat by Tunisia.

    And it has now emerged that he has only a 50% chance of playing any further part at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations because of the groin injury.

    Chipolopolo must beat Cape Verde for any chance of a quarter-finals spot.

  131. Algeria boss suffers sad loss

    Ghana v Algeria (16:00 GMT)

    Christian Gourcuff

    On a serious note, Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff yesterday received the sad news that his mother had died. However the Frenchman has chosen to attend today's match against Ghana.

    The Algerian Football Federation said on its website: "The federation and the players present their deepest condolences to Christian Gourcuff."

    It is not clear whether the 59-year-old will travel to France for his mother's funeral or remain at the tournament.

    Algeria's third and final Group C match is against Senegal on Tuesday.

  132. Half-time analysis

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    Yacine Brahimi

    "Madjid Bougherra and co at the back for Algeria are keeping Asamoah Gyan very quiet. Christian Atsu down the right has created the odd opportunity for Ghana but we've not seen much of Jordan/Dede Ayew at the moment. And on the left Afriyie Acquah is living really dangerously - on a yellow already. But I like the way Jonathan Mensah and Daniel Amartey have kept Algeria's dangerous front men at bay. Not a pretty game... but so much at stake."

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    Festus Abrah-Yeboah: Ghana is now playing with much purpose and Algeria have held their own. One should expect a thrilling end to the game.

    We admire your optimism Festus!

  134. HALF-TIME

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    Mercifully, the referee opts against allowing any added time. An absolute stinker of a 45 minutes.


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    Madjid Bougherra comes out of defence and cynically blocks off the run of Afriyie Acquah. An arm around the shoulder fails to dissuade the referee from showing the Algeria skipper a yellow card.

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    Ghana go close for the first time. The ball is rolled into Christian Atsu in the penalty area and he touches it inside to Asamoah Gyan, but the striker's shot is well blocked by Madjid Bougherra's last-ditch lunge.

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    You're not far wrong there, Richie - there's not been much quality on show so far. As if to illustrate my point, Ghana right-back Harrison Afful smashes a cross straight out of play.

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    Richie Driss: So far this is probably the worst match in the history of the universe.

  139. Post update

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    We've not seen much of Christian Atsu so far but the Ghana winger almost produces a piece of magic here, jinking his way past two lunging Algeria defenders before a third challenge finally brings his mazy run to a halt.

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    Collins Nnaemeka: I'd give some credit to Algeria, they're certainly blazing tremendously.

  141. Post update

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    Algeria striker Ishak Belfodil does really well to receive the ball on the half-turn on the edge of the area and spot the run of Yacine Brahimi - he almost manages to squeeze the ball into the Porto man's path but Jonathan Mensah just about manages to cut out the pass.

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    That's better. Finally, Ghana find a bit of quality in the final third. Right-back Harrison Afful comes charging forward on the overlap and curls in a really searching cross, which forces Madjid Bougherra into an awkward clearing header. Algeria clear the danger.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "The guys with the big drum are back. From a distance they look more like Senegal fans to me - but they're cheering on the Black Stars at the moment."

  144. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Nana Atakora: Let's be honest here, I'm a Ghanaian in the States and I really want Ghana out! Supporting Algeria like I did with Senegal.

    That's the second Ghanaian we've had message us saying they want their team to lose today. What's the issue?

  145. Post update

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    Ghana just can't get anything going. Afriyie Acquah fizzes in a pass towards Asamoah Gyan, but it's hit so hard that the striker can't make it stick. It's not a classic so far, I'll be honest.

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    Ghana fan

    "Referee Coulibaly took a while to calm that down. There's an aggressive element slipping in to this game. A lot at stake. Ghana have shipped a couple of bookings too - so early in the game, that could be costly..."


    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Players clash

    A strong challenge by Ishak Belfodil angers Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, who reacts by grabbing hold of the Algeria striker's shirt. That riles Nabil Bentaleb, who goes angrily charging in, shoving Badu. The referee eventually defuses things and decides to keep his cards in his pocket.

  148. Post update

    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Ghana pump another long free-kick forward in search of Asamoah Gyan, but the ball floats straight out of play.

  149. Text us on 81111

    Dom Smith: Algeria have a clever attack that work together, so I believe that they will beat Ghana by one goal. Goal by Sofiane Feghouli.

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    Ghana winger Andre Ayew tries to find Asamoah Gyan with a lofted pass, but it's easily cut out by Madjid Bougherra. I'm not sure Gyan has received the ball to feet once yet.

  151. Join the debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Ilori Victor Oluwafemi: I see the final between Algeria and Cameroon, but Algeria will win the cup...

    Khaya Mhlongo Khayak: The team that will win Afcon will come from this group - mark my words!

    Milton Maltony: Ghana will win with a goal and South Africa will play a draw


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    Afriyie Acquah

    Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah fells Yacine Brahimi with a crunching two-footer. He deservedly goes into the referee's notebook.

  153. Post update

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    That chance has stung Ghana into action, and immediately they get themselves up the other end. Right-back Harrison Afful has time to measure a cross, but his delivery is poor.

  154. CLOSE!

    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    First real chance of this match, and it should be 1-0 Algeria. A good reverse pass by Sofiane Feghouli gets Aissa Mandi scampering down the inside right channel. The right-back's cut-back falls perfectly for Ishak Belfodil, but he scuffs his finish wide of the target.

  155. Post update

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    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo

    "Big name player watch... Current BBC African Footballer of the Year Yacine Brahimi is creating lots of opportunities for Algeria. So far though his Ghanaian counterpart Asamoah Gyan, a former winner of our award hasn't been able to make an impact...

    "Still people coming into the ground - and still large numbers of empty seats, especially behind the Algerian goal."

  156. Post update

    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Saphir Taider - who you may remember was shown the door by Southampton without playing a game this summer - shows good strength and skill to smuggle the ball from midfield and finds Ishak Belfodil on the right. Ghana manage to snuff out the danger. No real openings for either side thus far.