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James Gheerbrant and Emlyn Begley

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  1. Goodbye

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

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

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

  2. Post update

    Afcon Group A table

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

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

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

  3. Post update

    Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

    Gabon v Equatorial Guinea match stats

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

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

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    Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso

    Congo v Burkina Faso match stats

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

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

  5. Post update

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

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    Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

    Equatorial Guinea

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

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

  7. Post update

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

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

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


    Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

    Equatorial Guinea celebrate

    Scenes. Equatorial Guinea are through.


    Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso

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

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


    Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

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


    Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso

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

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    Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

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

  13. Post update

    Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea

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

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


    Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso

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

  15. GOAL

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

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

  16. GOAL

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

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

  17. GOAL

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

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

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

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    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

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


    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

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

  20. Post update

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

  21. Post update

    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

  22. TEN TO GO

    As things stand Congo and Equatorial Guinea go through.

    Gabon need one goal and Burkina Faso need two.

  23. CLOSE!

    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

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

  24. Post update

    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

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

    Gabon are on the brink here.


    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

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


    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

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

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    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

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

  28. Post update

    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

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

  29. Post update

    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

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

  30. Post update

    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

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

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

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    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

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


    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

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


    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

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

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    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea


    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

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

  36. Text us on 81111

    Andrew Lee: Thievy Bifouma is definitely the best Congolese player since defender Christopher Samba.

  37. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Antonio Martinez: If Congo advances and goes far in Afcon, they certainly will have atoned for missing out on 2014 World Cup.

  38. Post update

    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

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


    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

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

  40. Post update

    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

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

  41. Post update

    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

    Equatorial Guinea keeper Felipe Ovono is OK to continue and takes a catch to prove the point. Although he's in no rush to get up and distribute it. Prepare for 30 minutes of slowly taken set-pieces.

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    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Claude Le Roy
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    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

    Replays show Javier Balboa might have dived to win that penalty...

    Considering the fact Equatorial Guinea were already kicked out of the qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player before their reprieve after offering to host it, Gabon won't be too happy...


    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Thievy Bifouma is now the top scorer in this competition with two goals. Burkina, who haven't managed one between them, make a double change: Prejuce Nakoulma and Issa Gouo make way for forwards Bertrand Traore and Aristide Bance

  45. Post update

    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

    Gabon's Charlton man Frederic Bulot has a chance to level but somehow gets his angles all wrong from eight yards out and misses the target by a lot. Equatorial Guinea keeper Felipe Ovono has somehow injured himself in the process.

  46. Post update

    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

    The stadium in Bata absolutely erupted when that goal went in, I should say. Unbelievable scenes.

  47. Post update

    So Burkina Faso and Gabon, the favourites to qualify from this group before a ball was kicked, are now staring down the barrel.

  48. GOAL

    Gabon 0-1 Equatorial Guinea - Javier Balboa (55 mins)

    Equatorial Guinea celebrate

    Javier Balboa steps up and puts the ball beyond the reach of Didier Ovono and sends his country into the lead.

    As things stand the hosts go through to the quarter-finals and Gabon are out.


    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    A huge moment as Lloyd Palun brings down Javier Balboa in the box.

  50. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Equatorial Guinea keeper Felipe Ovono is keeping his country in this game - and the tournament. He tips another free-kick over the bar, this time from Frederic Bulot.

    The resulting corner comes in... and it's claimed by the 21-year-old Deportivo Mongomo man.

  51. GOAL

    Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso - Thievy Bifouma (51 mins)

    It's been coming. Burkina Faso try to play a high line, Ferebory Dore is sprung down the right into acres of space and he puts it on a plate for former West Brom man Thievy Bifouma to bundle home from two yards. The replay shows Dore was offside - but then again, Congo have deserved a bit of luck for their more enterprising play.

    That means that Congo are currently going through as group winners. Burkina Faso, who have been dreadfully uninspired so far, need to score twice now.

  52. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    And would you believe it, Ferebory Dore has spurned an even better chance! He leads a quick break upfield, spreads the ball wide to Thievy Bifouma and gets himself on the end of the return ball three yards out. All he needs to do is sidefoot the ball home but he misses it completely.

  53. CLOSE!

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    And from the corner kick Congo should score. The delivery locates the head of Ferebory Dore, unmarked eight yards out, but the striker sends a twisting header just past the post.

  54. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Equatorial Guinea fans
    Gabon fans

    Less than 90 seconds into the second half and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fires in a free-kick which Equatorial Guinea keeper Felipe Ovono tips over.

    Bright start for Gabon.

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    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata

    "My BBC colleague Andy Brown has just popped outside with his camera to see if there was any action to film at the gates - but luckily this time all is quiet and no repeat of the angry scenes from four days ago."

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    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Direct start from Congo as a bustling run to the byline from Thievy Bifouma wins a corner...

  57. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Second half under way. Equatorial Guinea need to score.

  58. KICK-OFF

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    We're up and running again in Ebebiyin. Burkina Faso, finalists at the last Cup of Nations, are 45 minutes away from making an early exit. Can they save themselves?

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    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

    "I'm grateful the Burkinabe fans rested the drums for half time. A moment's peace. But as the teams come out - the big bass returns. They need their boys to get on the scoresheet... or it's home time."

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    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata

    "The Equatoguinean fans in front of me have unfurled a huge national flag to help lift their team further after the break - the Gabonese fans do have a big flag too - not as big - but it's hidden away at the moment..."

  61. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Jonathan says that Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the "African Neymar" on Twitter.

    Not sure if that's meant as a compliment.

  62. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Africa Cup of Nations
  63. Burkina's striking problem

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso react to a missed chance

    Chief among the reasons for Burkina's struggles has been their failure to find the net.

    Despite having one of the more vaunted forward lines in the tournament, containing Alain Traore, Aristide Bance and Afcon qualifying top scorer Jonathan Pitroipa, the Stallions are the only side yet to score at this tournament. Everyone else managed it after one match!

    Speaking before this game, coach Paul Put - not terribly reassuringly - said the malaise was nothing new.

    "It's not just now that we have this problem," he said. "In qualifying it was also difficult to score goals. We have been dominating, we have been creating a lot of chances. We are trying, but you have to be patient because strikers can change in one minute."

  64. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

    "Cracking atmosphere because of the two sets of partisan fans - but nothing really to get your teeth sunk into in this one. Pitroipa's trickery isn't making itself felt - although the service to the speedy front man has been reasonable so far from Burkina Faso. Congo's Bifouma has created a couple of chances but hasn't really tested Sanou in goal. The draw suits Congo very much... how long till we see big Bance coming on for Burkina Faso?"

  65. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata

    "The home crowd seem to be lifting this Equatorial Guinea side who have created by far the better chances in the first half. Nsue, Fabiani and Kike are all causing the Gabonese defence problems. Gabon have shown glimpses of what they are capable of with the occasional neat passing moves that have had Aubameyang at the heart of them - he has had the Panthers' best chance but headed straight at the keeper. Gabon need more of those passing triangles and for Aubameyang to find some more moments of skill."


    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    The referee calls time on a rather disappointing half in Ebebiyin. Burkina Faso still await their first goal of Afcon 2015 - and they're running out of time to find it...

    Congo cruising towards qualification as things stand.


    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Sure who needs any injury-time?

    Gabon through as things stand, Equatorial Guinea are out.

  68. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Well well, that is rather unorthodox. Burkina ping yet another long ball forward, and Congo keeper Christopher Mafoumbi canters to the edge of his area - with a Burkina striker bearing down on him - and heads it clear. Not sure even Manuel Neuer would try that one.

  69. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    And now an even better chance for Burkina. The ball is crossed into the box from the left, it pinballs around and a ricochet off Razak Traore's knee sits up nicely for Jonathan Pitroipa, but the striker's chest control won't sit down nicely and he ends up sending his finish over the bar.

  70. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Kate Lynham: Diafra Sakho unavailable for Senegal but played today in FA Cup... aren't there international rules against that?

    I think Senegal decided not to call him up with his injury, rather than West Ham telling them he wasn't fit.

  71. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

    Thievy Bifouma

    "Thievy Bifouma is the man who Claude Le Roy has praised consistently through this tournament so far. He knows he's their key man. And he's been making some keen runs to put pressure on the Burkinabe defence. And received some close attention for it. At the other end Jonathan Pitroipa is getting closer, closer, closer.... but it hasn't been happening for him just yet."

  72. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Raul Fabiani, who seconds earlier is annoyed when a pass across the box is played past him, has one of the best chances of the game. The Equatorial Guinea man receives the ball on his chest with his back to goal, turns defender Bruno Ecuele Manga and half-volleys off target. He did well to get an effort away there.

  73. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    That's better from the Stallions. This time Jonathan Pitroipa turns provider, slipping the darting Prejuce Nakoulma through the middle, but the midfielder can't find a touch to control the ball and the keeper intervenes.

  74. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso are really overdoing it with the long balls now. The 2013 finalists look short of ideas. They have to find more subtlety than this if they're going to penetrate the Congo back four.

  75. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Congo midfielder Delvin N'Dinga swings in a free-kick from the left which is headed out by Bakary Kone, but only as far as Arnold Moutou, who lofts an ambitious effort well over.

  76. Post update

    Thierry Bifouma challenges

    Still goalless in both games on the half-hour mark. As it stands, Congo and Gabon would go through.

  77. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

    "They're too far away to get a photo unfortunately - but the Congolese fans have got two giant posters of their favourite players. Thievy Bifouma and Dore Ferebory are the guys in question. And rather than watch the match, a lot of the fans on that side of the stadium are off on an early conga..."

    A Congo conga?

  78. Search for a two-goal hero

    Ibrahima Traore

    One of the many statistical curiosities of this tournament (alongside the fact that half the games have finished 1-1) is that we are yet to see anyone score more than one goal.

    Ibrahima Traore's cracking equaliser for Guinea yesterday took the number of different goalscorers in this tournament to 30 (including Thulani Hlatshwayo's own goal) - which means that it's currently a 29-way tie for the top-scorer honours.

    Will we see someone surge to the top of the charts today?

  79. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Frederic Bulot plays a one-two with Malick Evouna in the penalty area and forces another save from Equatorial Guinea keeper Felipe Ovono.

    Gabon definitely on top now.

  80. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina forward Jonathan Pitroipa is caught offside for a fifth time. The man who was named the tournament's best player at Afcon 2013 has had a bit of a shocker so far.

  81. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    A free-kick on halfway is quickly taken by Burkina and the ball is played up to Jonathan Pitroipa, who bears down on goal menacingly with some tricky stepovers, but Francis N'Ganga does really well to shut the door on him.

  82. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Gabon v Equatorial Guinea

    Daniel Woodley: The opening 22 minutes has summed up the whole tournament so far... Disappointing

    Not sure which game D-Wood is watching but neither have been classics so far admittedly.

  83. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Gabon's class is just starting to show and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, probably one of the fastest players in the world, is becoming increasingly influential.

    However as I write that Andre Poko shoots ridiculously wide from 30 yards out.

  84. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Mwanza Chengo Alexis: Fancy Gabon and Burkina Faso to go through. The have had awesome feet in Aubameyang and Traore respectively.

  85. CLOSE!

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Huge chance for Congo! Against the run of play, Delvin N'Dinga threads a gorgeous pass to Thievy Bifouma down the inside-left channel but the striker sends his low shot just past the post. A big let-off for Burkina Faso - that goal would have left them facing a real uphill battle.


    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Fantastic save from Equatorial Guinea keeper Felipe Ovono to keep his team level. Frederic Bulot crosses into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose bullet header is well kept out by Ovono.

    In case you've noticed, both teams have a keeper called Ovono. This isn't going to get confusing...

  87. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata

    "The noise inside this Estadio de Bata every time the home team get into the area is incredible - there is shouting and the rhythmic stamping of feet on the metal floors around the stadium."

  88. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Inches. Equatorial Guinea are inches from taking the lead as Javier Balboa crosses into Raul Fabiani, who just has to turn it home from close range but defender Bruno Ecuele Manga, of Cardiff City, tackles him at just the right moment.

    The resulting corner is poor and comes to nothing.

  89. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso
  90. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina left-back Issa Gouo is guilty of a real Sunday league moment as he trips over the football. Striker Jonathan Pitroipa is trying to stretch the Congo back line but he needs to time his runs better - he's already been caught offside three times.

  91. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata

    "Silly foul by Johann Obiang who'll miss the quarter-final if his team win and go through today."


    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Gabon get into the opposition box for almost the first time as Johann Obiang finds star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays the ball back to the defender who is offside.

    Seconds later, Obiang is booked for fouling Kike with a sliding tackle from behind.

  93. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    KoloKennethK: Congo and Gabon to go through...

  94. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

    "Not full here but massive noise from the Burkinabe fans. I think they're drowning out the Congolese - but that's just because I'm closer to the Burkinabe. My right ear will need a rest by the end of the night. Alain Traore such a vital man for the Stallions - and remember they missed him for much of SA 2013 because of injury, and still got to the final!"

  95. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    To say that Equatorial Guinea's squad are nomadic would be an understatement.

    Whereas Gabon's squad have Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Braga players, their opponents earn their money in lands like Andorra, Cyprus, Gibraltar, India, Hong Kong and Malta.

  96. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Now it's Burkina's turn to swing in a corner, and Christopher Mafoumbi doesn't deal with it at all convincingly. The keeper is in no-man's land as Mohammed Koffi gets his head to it, but the Burkina right-back doesn't make clean contact.

  97. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Razak Traore of Karabukspor in Turkey, one of the new faces in the Burkina team tonight, tests Christopher Mafoumbi with a low skiddy shot. Congo then break downfield and a dangerous cross from Thievy Bifouma forces Steeve Yagou to turn behind. The corner is punched to safety by Germain Sanou. All-action start in Ebebiyin.

  98. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata

    "Gabon coach Jorge Costa is livid at that decision as he walks out of his technical area to remonstrate with the fourth official.

    "In fact the whole Gabon technical team are having a 'word' or two with the fourth official."

  99. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Javier Balboa just drives the free-kick over, a wasted chance for Equatorial Guinea, who need to win to go through and dump Gabon out.

  100. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Bizarre as Didier Ovono, the Gabon goalkeeper, conceded a free-kick just outside his box for handling as he cleared the ball. But it looked as if he had dropped the ball to kick it before it was outside the box. He's been hard done by there.

  101. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    A great hanging cross from the right wing loops onto the head of Jonathan Pitroipa, but he can't quite contort himself to direct his header goalwards. Burkina have started menacingly.

  102. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    Gabon win a free-kick as Viera Ellong goes in hard on Frederic Bulot, who is on loan at Charlton. The Gabon player limps away but he's OK to continue.

    The free-kick comes to nothing as an Equatoguinean defender heads away.

  103. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Neat intricate interplay by Burkina Faso on the edge of the area, but Jonathan Pitroipa is just offside as the ball is rolled into him for a shooting chance. Pitroipa looks to be playing as a centre-forward tonight.

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    Gorrie B Jallow: I prefer Burkina to make it through because of my star Alain Traore...

  105. Post update

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Congo have an early free-kick 20 yards out. Delvin N'Dinga curls it straight into the wall. Four of Congo's six goals in qualifying came in the opening 16 minutes, so they're a dangerous side in the early stages.

  106. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Sulaimon Adelekan: I want Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to go through. Gabon all the way.

    Teddy Fleuridon: Looking forward to my country Congo to win 2-0, they look good. Claude Le Roy is doing a great job with the players.

  107. Post update

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Bata

    "It's not quite a full stadium at the moment - there are some empty seats behind the Gabon goal.

    "There are several hundred Gabonese fans who have made the journey over the border to support the Panthers.

    "There are a few people still making there way into the ground but no signs of the trouble that there was last time a match was played here in Bata - the police and army are out in force with guns on show to deter troublemakers. On the way to the ground we say water cannons and tanks deployed around the city."

  108. KICK-OFF

    Gabon 0-0 Equatorial Guinea

    We are under way in Bata for this winner-takes-all match. A draw takes Gabon through.

  109. KICK-OFF

    Congo 0-0 Burkina Faso

    We're underway in Ebebiyin. The 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso, playing in green, kick us off. Congo, currently top of this group, are in red.

  110. Post update

    Congo v Burkina Faso (18:00 GMT)

    Burkina Faso's players look focused and confident ahead of kick-off in Ebebiyin. Can they break their goalscoring duck?

  111. Post update

    Gabon v Equatorial Guinea (18:00 GMT)

    National anthems time in Bata, a fair old noise being made for Equatorial Guinea's ditty. It's almost time to go.

  112. Burkina look to recreate 2013 heroics

    Burkina Faso made it all the way to the final in 2013, but despite being fancied to advance from this rather accommodating group, they've stuttered and struggled so far, losing their opening game to Gabon and following up with a goalless draw against Equatorial Guinea.

    Only a win today will do for the Stallions (something they've managed only once in their last 19 Afcon group games), but coach Paul Put hasn't given up hope.

    "We know we are in a difficult position but we have to believe still in our chances," he said.

    "In football anything is possible - nobody was expecting Burkina Faso in the final [in 2013], so I always tell my players we play game by game, and we will see how far we can go."

  113. Post update

    Congo v Burkina Faso (18:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

    "Massive noise in Ebebeyin from the Burkinabe fans... about 200 of them off to my right, one massive drum, loads of flags, and some awesome costumes - including the guy dressed as a stallion. Full of fur covered outfit... it's cooled down a bit, but he surely must be incredibly hot in there."

  114. Congo coach bids to realise dream

    Congo v Burkina Faso (18:00 GMT)

    Claude Le Roy

    Congo are top of Group A after following their draw against Equatorial Guinea in the tournament curtain-raiser with an impressive win over Gabon - their first Afcon victory since 1974.

    Veteran coach Claude Le Roy is bidding for a seventh quarter-final spot from eight attempts with five countries.

    "Today it's a dream. I will see if tomorrow it's a reality," he told BBC Sport.

    "I won't play for a draw. If you want to play like that you have to change the coach because it's not in my genetics as a football coach."

  115. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Who do you think will get out of today's group? Can anyone from Group A challenge for the title, or will they just go out in the quarter-finals?

    Burkina Faso reached the last final but boss Paul Put said: "You have to be realistic in football. Just because you were the vice-champion in 2013 doesn't mean you now have to win the Africa Cup of Nations."

    Is he right to keep expectations low?

    Let us know using #bbcafcon2015 on Twitter, 81111 on text (UK only, please let us know your names) or on our Facebook page.

  116. Gabon gunning for glory

    Gabon v Equatorial Guinea (18:00 GMT)

    Gabon football team

    Gabon got off to an excellent start in this group, beating 2013 finalists Burkina Faso 2-0 in their opening game. But they suffered an unexpected setback in their next match, losing 1-0 to Congo.

    However Jorge Costa's side, captained by talismanic Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, are still in a relatively strong position and know they will progress today as long as they avoid defeat to Equatorial Guinea.

    The Panthers are bidding to make it to the last four of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history.

  117. Hosts look to extend stay

    Gabon v Equatorial Guinea (18:00 GMT)

    Equatorial Guinea

    Equatorial Guinea weren't even supposed to be at this tournament. The National Thunder were thrown out of the qualifying competition for fielding an ineligible player, but designated hosts Morocco withdrew following fears over the Ebola crisis, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Despite being the lowest-ranked nation at this tournament, the hosts have acquitted themselves impressively so far, holding Congo and Burkina Faso to battling draws.

    Today though, they must find a way to beat Gabon in order not to be the first team to leave their own party. Much could depend on the goalscoring threat of Middlesbrough's Emilio Nsue, who had to watch from afar as his club side knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup yesterday.

  118. Post update

    Congo v Burkina Faso (18:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Ebebiyin

    "Two changes from both coaches... Congo's Claude Le Roy is forced to make one adjustment, because Moubhibo is suspended for this one, so he brings in Francis Nganga.

    "The other change sees Cesair Gandze drop to the bench with Franci Litsingi coming in.

    "And interesting from Burkinabe coach Paul Put - given they have to win to have a chance. The big man Aristide Bance is on the bench, as is Bertrand Traore. In come Razak Traore and Prejuce Nakoulma. Plenty of firepower left on the bench for the Stallions if we're tied at 1-1 with 10 minutes to go!"

  119. LINE-UPS

    Gabon v Equatorial Guinea (18:00 GMT)

    Gabon: Ovono Ebang, Obiang, Ecuele Manga, Appinda Ngoye, Palun, Biyogo Poko, Kanga, Madinda, Bulot, Evouna, Aubameyang. Subs: Mfa Mezui, Lengoualama, Mbingui, Oto'o Zue, Ndong, N'Doumbou, Ze Ondo, Sokambi, Rogombe, N'Dong, Bitseki Moto.

    Equatorial Guinea: Ovono, Evuy, Sipo Bohale, Rui, Ellong, Zarandona, Balboa, Kike, Randy, Fabiani, Nsue. Subs: Embela, Engonga, Juvenal, Ruben Belima, Bolado, Iban, Dario, Charly, Ganet, Mosibe.

    Referee: Noumandiez Doue (Ivory Coast)

  120. LINE-UPS

    Congo v Burkina Faso (18:00 GMT)

    Congo: Mafoumbi, Bissiki, Bouka-Moutou, Francis N'Ganga, Baudry, Babele, Ndinga, Oniangue, Litsingi, Thievy, Dore. Subs: Massa, Igor N'Ganga, Moubhibo, Ganvoula, N'Guessi, Gandze, Douniama, Malonga Ntsayi, Malonga, Binguila, Mavoungou, Ndzila.

    Burkina Faso: Sanou, Yago, Gouo, Koffi, Bakary Kone, Nakoulma, Kabore, Abdou Razak Traore, Djakaridja Kone, Pitroipa, Alain Traore. Subs: Fofana, Yedan, Rouamba, Koulibaly, Guira, Bambara, Balima, Bance, Zongo, Bertrand Traore, Ouedraogo, Soulama.

    Referee: Joseph Lamptey (Ghana)

  121. Permutations, permutations

    A scientist explains the permutations of Afcon Group A

    Now, pay attention. After what seems like a lifetime of working out mini-leagues and goal differences, we've come up with the definitive permutations of what can happen today. The key thing to remember is that one team will progress from each match.

    Gabon v Equatorial Guinea is easy. If Gabon draw or win, they are through. If Equatorial Guinea win, then they qualify.

    The other game is Congo v Burkina Faso. Now listen up at the back, this is where it gets complicated.

    If Congo draw or win they qualify. Burkina Faso need a win to have a chance of going through. If Burkina Faso win and the other match has a winner, Burkina go through.

    However, if the other match is a draw, then Burkina must win by two goals or more to qualify. In that scenario, a one-goal win for Burkina would see Congo go through. Clear?

  122. Post update

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations!

    Tonight we begin the final round of group matches, which means that both games take place simultaneously.

    Group A is in the spotlight tonight, as hosts Equatorial Guinea take on Gabon and Congo meet 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso. For two of these sides, tonight will be the end of the road.

  123. The business end

    Guinea fans at Afcon 2015

    Eight days after the curtain went up on the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, we are ready to get down to the serious business.

    Today we will discover the identity of our first two quarter-finalists, while for another two sides, their Afcon journey will come to a painfully premature conclusion.

    The shadow-boxing is over and this evening will see the first knockout punches of Afcon 2015 landed.

    Can hosts Equatorial Guinea keep home interest alive? Will 2013 finalists Burkina Faso be surprise early casualties? All will be revealed in just a couple of hours...