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Luke Reddy and Andy Cryer

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  1. Goodnight all

    Thank you once again for your contributions today. We said it could be dramatic and boy was it.

    Commiserations if you are a Senegal or South Africa fan. Enjoy the party if you follow one of Group C's success stories.

    Tomorrow is another day where the permutations baffle, but we will pick our way though them so please come back at 17:30 GMT.

    For now, follow our Capital One Cup semi-final live text, plenty going on. Goodnight.

  2. Post update

    How's the nerves Avram?

    The last time Ghana failed to make the knockout stages was 2006 but my word they were close then.

    Avram Grant was all smiles on the pitch, remember this is his first tournament as manager of the Black Stars. Andre Ayew's contribution has spared blushes and probably instantly changed the perception of Grant's impact.

  3. Post update

    Andre the giant

    Andre Ayew is perhaps an early contender for player of the tournament.

    Andre Ayew

    The Marseille player has played a hand in three of Ghana's four goals at this tournament, that is more than any other player at Afcon 2015.

  4. Post update

    Solid Algeria

    John Bennett

    The Desert Warriors will play their quarter-final on 1 February and their opponents will become clear tomorrow when Group D concludes.

    You can keep up on Wednesday's games with us here from 17:30 GMT. Group D has four teams all currently on two points.

  5. Post update

    The final standings

    So to be clear...

    Group C

    Andre Ayew's late goal put Ghana on six points, top of the pile. Had they not scored, they were out on four points due to their head-to-head record with Senegal.

    Algeria eased to their win and six points. It all looks straight forward now but by heck it was not.

  6. Post update

    South Africa 1-2 Ghana

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: Ghana go off to celebrate whilst Bafana Bafana sit in little groups on the pitch - looking a bit bewildered. The coaching crew led by Shakes Mashaba isn't with the players. They're having a little conference of their own on the touchline.


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    St. Tropez: Talk about drama.

    Festus Abrah-Yeboah: WOW! Amazing thriller but the tension is still on! Sitting at the edge of my seat.


    Senegal 0-2 Algeria


    Make that four...

    Farewell Senegal. Your wait for an Africa Cup of Nations title goes on.


    South Africa 1-2 Ghana

    Avram Grant's boys are through. Just! Brilliant stuff.

  10. Post update

    Senegal 0-2 Algeria

    Algeria have been efficient and taken their chances well. You get the sense they have more to offer as we reach the business end of the tournament.

    Their defensive line is on the six-yard box heading away desperate crosses. There is a glum look to faces on Senegal's bench.

  11. Post update

    South Africa 1-2 Ghana

    South Africa are just playing for pride now but a goal would break Ghana hearts. Ghana have the ball though.

  12. Post update

    Senegal 0-2 Algeria

    A late substitution to kill any Senegal momentum comes from the Algeria bench.

    What a bizarre circumstance Senegal find themselves in. Four minutes of added time in this one. They will likely finish after South Africa, who they need to score.

  13. Post update

    South Africa 1-2 Ghana

    Three minutes of injury time.

  14. Post update

    South Africa 1-2 Ghana

    South Africa are going for this... A goal knocks Ghana out and puts Senegal through. Can they?

  15. Going out in 11 different languages

    South Africa 1-2 Ghana

    South AFrica

    Did you know? South Africa has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu.

    In this regard it is third only to Bolivia and India in number. In a 2011 census, English was ranked as the fourth-most common.

  16. International exports

    Senegal 0-2 Algeria

    Looks like this bunch will be on planes soon. Good news for clubs in Europe. Or have they got something more to offer?


    Senegal are praying for a South Africa goal now.

  17. As it stands


    Ghana are now topping Group C. A goal for South Africa though and Senegal qualify at the expense of Ghana.

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    We said this could be exciting...

  19. GOAL

    South Africa 1-2 Ghana - Andre Ayew

    Incredible stuff as Andre Ayew heads Ghana into the lead. They are going through now at the expense of Senegal. What more drama can happen in the next six minutes?

  20. GOAL

    Senegal 0-2 Algeria - Nabil Bentaleb

    This changes nothing for Senegal, their fate rests in the hands of Ghana in Mongomo. Algeria though are going into the quarter-finals.

    Nabil Bentaleb is mobbed by his team mates. A shot from 25 yards whistles into the corner. A superbly clean striker and the keeper has absolutely no chance. Left footed, have some of that. All the way from Tottenham.

  21. Post update

    South Africa 1-1 Ghana

    Andre Ayew

    It is one-way traffic now as Ghana throw everything at the South African goal. Can they force their way through?

  22. Latest standings

    Algeria and Senegal still on course

    So as things stand Algeria will top this group. Senegal will go through on head-to-head record as they beat Ghana 2-1.

    That 93rd minute win is looking ever more priceless.

    I hope you are finding this as chaotic as we are.

  23. Post update

    South Africa v Ghana (18:00 GMT)

    South Africa

    Ghana need to change that record if they want to go through...

  24. Post update

    South Africa 1-1 Ghana

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: I'm sitting just level with the Ghana penalty area. Bafana Bafana fans - it's not looking good. I haven't seen any action right opposite me for about 15 minutes. SA strangely content with the 1-0 scoreline - which wouldn't have taken them through. And then Ghana scored.

  25. CLOSE!

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Senegal are leading a charmed life. A cross into the box is dropped by their goalkeeper and Algeria striker El Arbi Soudani volleys into and empty Cleared off the line.

    Kara Mbodj is the man in the way and his country will be thankful he somehow got himself in the line of fire. Chaos followed, a scramble and in the end a big boot down field.


    South Africa 1-1 Ghana

    Kwesi Appiah's low shot is turned onto the post by South Africa goalkeeper Nhlanhla Khuzwayo. Scenes here.

  27. Post update

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Senegal v Algeria

    Medhi Lacen of Spanish side Getafe replaces Yacine Brahimi. It looks like a heavy fall caused the problem for the Porto man.

    That Ghana goal changes things again and the message has not been heard by players on the pitch yet.

  28. GOAL

    South Africa 1-1 Ghana

    Ghana are back alive. John Boye turns inside the penalty area and fires the ball in from close range.


    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    This man will be coming off. He has an injury of some kind and gestures to the bench for a replacement. A miss in the closing quarter for Algeria.

    Yacine Brahimi

    Dame N'Doye meets a delivery and heads over for Senegal. They are in a strange position here. Losing but still going through, while knowing another goal in the other fixture would prove catastrophic.

  30. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: It's getting tetchy as these two teams face an exit from the Nations Cup. South Africa conceding a lot of dangerous free kicks. The Black Stars are much more evident in this second half.

  31. Big, vast and sandy

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Desert in Algeria

    Did you know? Algeria is the 10th-largest country in the world and 90% of it is desert.

    In terms of square miles, it is almost four times bigger than the United Kingdom.

  32. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    Both teams have to push for another goal here. A defeat sends Ghana out while Bafana Bafana need a goal to put them through still. A lull in the proceedings at the moment.


    Senegal 0-1 Algeria


    White shirts aplenty wave forward as Senegal have a free-kick and you cannot argue with their ambition. This is positive and perhaps risky as they chase a crucial goal.

    Mame Biram Diouf thinks he has been hard done by. Let's just say the rip in his shirt implies his marker got a bit heavy handed. A penalty shout but how often do we see them given? Not very.

    Sadio Mane off, Dame N'Doye of Lokomotive Moscow is a handful and is on.


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    Sadozaie: Hair cut? One name comes to mind Chamakh there wasn't there isn't there wont be any such bad taste!

    Inspired by Asamoha Gyan, we are asking you for football's most bizarre hair cuts today. Tweet us your view on #bbcafcon2015.

  35. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    South Africa v Ghana

    Ghana are targeting a first Cup of Nations victory against South Africa as they bid to extend a record of reaching at least the semi-finals at each of the last four Nations Cups.

    The Black Stars put an opening defeat to Senegal behind them when they beat Algeria thanks to a late goal from Gyan on his return from a bout of malaria.

    At the moment, things are not going well for them...

  36. CLOSE!

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    We almost had some big controversy there as the referee deflected an Algeria pass back to Senegal and only a slip from Sadio mane prevents him from levelling.

    The Southampton man as eight yards out and ended up pulling the trigger while on the floor. Well wide but upright you' have fancied him heavily.

  37. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    South Africa are defending heroically as they continue to repel Ghana's heavy pressure. This is desperate stuff from the Black Stars.

  38. As it stands


    Into the last 30 minutes in both matches and Algeria and Senegal are still both going through. Another South Africa goal changes everything though...

  39. Post update

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria


    This is much better from Senegal. Pape Souare plays a neat one-two down the left and fizzes a ball across goal which needs good handling skills.

    Bold claim here, I fancy a goal soon. They are building some momentum.

  40. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    Ghana continue to push as Asamoah Gyan's cross is parried away by goalkeeper Nhlanhla Khuzwayo.

  41. Stay away from our fish...

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria


    Did you know? Senegal has a 12 mile exclusive fishing zone that has been regularly breached in recent years. It has been estimated that the country's fishermen lose 300,000 tonnes of fish each year to illegal fishing.

    The Senegalese government have tried to control the illegal fishing which is conducted by trawlers, some of which are registered in Russia, Mauritania, Belize and Ukraine.

  42. CLOSE!

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    So Cisse is on and there is still hope. Senegal are not used to losing this fixture.


    Cisse's first involvement sees him nearly get on the end of a Mame Biram Diouf cut-back. A defender is brave and hastily concedes a corner. A glimmer of positivity from Senegal here though. Have they woken up?

  43. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    Jordan Ayew's weak shot has South Africa goalkeeper Nhlanhla Khuzwayo scrambling to turn the ball wide. The resulting corner is cleared.

  44. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    Africa Cup of Nations

    Ghana have won the Africa Cup of Nations four times - in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982 - equal with Cameroon and bettered only by Egypt.

    As the first winner of three Nations Cup tournaments, Ghana obtained the right to permanently hold the trophy in 1978.

    The Black Stars have qualified for the tournament 19 times in total, finishing as runners-up four times, third once, and fourth three times.

    They haven't finished worse than fourth since 2008 but haven't won since 1982 Work to be done this year though as they are heading out unless they can find a goal.


    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Papiss Cisse, the Newcastle marksman, gets his first minutes of the tournament.

    He is capable of the outlandish as we know and it's a positive change as striker replaces midfielder. Papa Diop is off.

  46. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    South Africa v Ghana

    Ghana are still huffing and puffing but without really creating an awful lot. South Africa have to be careful not to drop too deep though.


    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Algeria can afford to kill this game. A free-kick deep in the Senegal half gets played all the way back to the goalkeeper at the other end.

    In truth, Algeria have been ordinary here but no more has been needed with the exception of some good defending late in the first half.

    A yellow card for Saphir Taider though. He fouled Mame Biram Diouf and the referee seems fed up of stoppages so sets an example.

  48. CLOSE!

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Mame Biram Diouf is a human climbing frame and Carl Medjani is penalised for the foul. That's a free kick in a good area for Senegal.

    Papa Souare - the first-half substitute - has a swing but it's an easy gather for the keeper.

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    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    Asamoah Gyan

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man?

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    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    Positive start from Ghana as Asamoah Gyan's 20-yard free-kick curls over the bar.

  51. A testing spell for World Cup stars

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Christian Gourcuff

    Algeria won five matches in the Nations Cup qualifiers in a seamless leadership transition as Christian Gourcuff (pictured) took over as coach from Vahid Halilhodzic, who orchestrated their fine World Cup run.

    But they survived a missed penalty which would have put them two down to South Africa in their opener - eventually winning 3-1 - and lost to Ghana on matchday two.

    This is a return to form and somewhat timely.

  52. KICK-OFF

    Both games are underway. Ready for some drama?


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    Jason Lee

    Ian M: Unique football haircuts? I present Jason (pineapple on his head) Lee.

    Thanks for that Ian. We have asked you guys for your unique football haircuts tonight. Who do you think needs a good barber? Tweet #bbcafcon2015.

  54. Magic pills for back pain?

    Tournament news

    Diafra Sakho has taken a "miraculous medicine" according to Senegal national coach Alain Giresse.

    Diafra Sakho

    The West Ham striker pulled out of Africa Cup of Nations duty for his country with a back injury, but played and scored as the Hammers beat Bristol City on Sunday.

    "When you cannot fly for six weeks and then suddenly you're playing a football game, there must be miraculous medicine in England," said Giresse.

    "This sets a dangerous precedent because you're going to have players claiming they cannot catch planes to Africa but who can still play football."

  55. Quarter-final moves

    Tournament news

    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell has been following this story in Africa:

    BBC Sport
  56. Quarter-final venue switch

    Tournament news

    Equatorial Guinea's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against Tunisia has been moved from Ebebiyin to Bata, to be played on Saturday at 16:00 GMT.

    And Sunday's quarter-final between the Group C winners and Group D runners-up has moved from Mongomo to Malabo.

    Deteriorating pitches in Ebebiyin and Mongomo prompted the switch.

  57. As it stands


    Confused as to who needs what to qualify from Group C? You aren't the only ones. As we stand though, as the table above shows, Algeria go through as group winners with Senegal also through on goal difference.

  58. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    South Africa

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: A magnificent strike to go in front and Bafana could be further ahead. Ghana have huffed and puffed but they haven't been able to break through yet. But the tension amongst the SA fans is split - focused here in Mongomo and on that other match in Malabo. It could be a complicated end to the evening!


    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    A good half of football. Not many clear-cut openings but plenty of shots from range, a goal and it is now nicely poised.

    Algeria probably deserve the advantage but some good defending and goalkeeping by the Desert Warriors have been needed late in the half.

  60. CLOSE!

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    How important could this block be from Nabil Bentaleb. A quick free kick is taken, creating shooting space but the Tottenham midfielder slides in for Algeria to execute a timely block.


    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    South Africa have given themselves a chance. They are going out as it stands but a goal in either game will change things.

  62. Post update

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Yacien Brahimi, diminutive, stands over a free-kick for Algeria in a wide area. It will be an in-swinger and it will be an audition for Algerian rugby as the whipped effort sails over the bar. A superb conversion.

  63. Same old, same old

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria


    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    Bongani Ndulula

    South Africa look dangerous when they do attack and almost double their lead. Bongani Ndulula rises well at the far post but his downward header is parried away by goalkeeper Brimah Razak.

  65. CLOSE!

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Much better from Senegal as they summon their inner Sam Allardyce (not with his present style).

    A couple of crosses into the box get knocked down and shots are blocked, then a third header looks like Mame Biram Diouf will convert from six yards but Rais M'Bohli is brace to block at feet.

    I believe the term 'keep the attack alive' was what that was all about.

  66. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    South Africa

    Ghana are growing increasingly impatient. They don't deserve to be behind but the longer this goes on, the more desperate the Black Stars will become.


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    Adam Smith: Ross Barkley's trim last season was priceless especially with the way the light bounced off his head!

    Given Asamoah Gyan has a head worth showing off, we are asking you for football's most unique hair cuts. Tweet #bbcafcon2015.

  68. CLOSE!

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Algeria will be thrilled with this start. They are shading possession and quite comfortable with the lead.

    A dangerous area here for a set-piece's Riyad Mahrez...whipped in but cleared at the near post.

    Senegal need to show more and Mame Biram Diouf is brilliantly released through the middle for them but out rushes Algeria keeper Rais M'Bolhi to sweep up. That was a close race.


    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    Ghana look as though they have a goal in them this evening. Baba Rahman's fierce volley is hit straight at goalkeeper Nhlanhla Khuzwayo, who is alert enough to parry the ball wide.

    Don't forget, South Africa have led before in this tournament before throwing it away.

  70. Problems of a defensive kind

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    A reminder that Riyad Mahrez's strike for Algeria was a straight-forward route one free-kick, collected unmarked in the box. The type of defending you see in junior football.

    Hardly surprising when before today...


    Make that 14...

  71. Drawn lots?

    Don't forget we could have a drawing of lots to decide who goes through in second. If the South Africa game stays the same and Senegal lose 2-0, it will be down to pot luck.

  72. CLOSE!

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    This game looks like it will deliver goals as there is space to play with in midfield. Algeria have not really been tested but we saw in Senegal's opening game that they grow into a contest.

    They decimated Ghana in the second period that day, so don't count them out yet. Papy Djilobodji has a dig from 30 yards for them and his free kick whistles wide. Good hit.


    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Poor old Cheikh M'Bengue is in a bad way. He took a right mullering there and it was completely unintentional. A head clean in the face has got to hurt.

    On comes Pape Souare.

  74. As it stands


    I can understand South Africa fans getting very excited at the moment but, as it stands, they are still going out on goal difference. They need to score a couple more or hope Senegal ship more to Algeria...

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    Sunil Parmar: That's what Mahrez is capable of. Makes stuff look easy! Love seeing him do that for my club!

  76. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    South africa

    South Africa enjoyed a successful Africa Cup of Nations debut by winning the tournament they hosted in 1996, having been banned for the previous 39 years because of apartheid.

    They finished runners-up in Burkina Faso two years later and then third in the next tournament, hosted by Nigeria and Ghana in 2000.

    Since then though, they haven't progressed beyond the quarter-final, a round they reached in 2013. Are they on for something special this time round?

  77. OUCH!

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    We have some blood pouring from the head of Senegal defender Cheikh M'Bengue. This is a real watch-through-your-eyes moment.

    The Rennes player jumps but with no intent, Algeria's Aissa Mandi heads him straight in the face. Blood on a white shirt and M'Bengue is not good on his feet. He will likely go off and have a sore head for a bit.

  78. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Jeremiah Kariuki: That goal by Masanga of Bafana Bafana may go a long way to be a goal of the tournament!

    Nathan Titus: Masango goal... Reminds me of the SA great, Masinga.


    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    A swarm of green shirts come forward for Algeria in a line but striker El Arbi Soudani has one thing in his mind, cutting in from the left to force a diving save from distance. You can't take your eyes off this though as Southampton's Sadio Mane goes up the other end and a powerful run ends as he fires over the bar.

    A chance for Senegal.

  80. Post update

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: Bafana coach Mashaba did a little jig on the touchline as that stunning strike goes in from Masango - another of the players he's brought back for this game. But the South African reporters sitting next to me remind us that they've taken the lead in both their other games!

  81. Man on the up...

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Mame Biram Diouf

    Mame Biram Diouf struggled for goals at spells with Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers earlier in his career, notching just four in 32 league displays if you combine his stats at both clubs.

    But the 27-year-old has been far more potent in recent years and scored 26 goals in 57 league games for Hannover in Germany before moving to Stoke this season where he has five in 19.

  82. Post update

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Mame Biram Diouf has a disgusted look on his face as he blasts high and wide from a tight angle. He looks a little isolated. The Stoke man looked at his best in this tournament when Moussa Sow was introduced from the bench in their opening win. The support brought more from Diouf.

  83. GOAL

    South Africa 1-0 Ghana - Mandla Masango

    South Africa celebrate goal

    Absolutely brilliant as South Africa take a shock lead. The ball drops out of the air on the edge of the penalty area and Mandla Masango brilliantly loops a volley over goalkeeper Brimah Razak and into the roof of the net. Stunning.


    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Senegal have not found their groove just yet and concede a free-kick which is a full 40 yards plus from goal. No danger? think again as Faouzi Ghoulam - man of the match in Algeria's opening win - lashes at goal.

    It's one of those quirky-technique types with the inside of his foot but the keeper holds on.

  85. As it stands


    So how has that goal in Malabo changed matters?

    Algeria are now heading through with Senegal. I expect that will change a few times between now and the end of these two matches.

  86. Post update

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria

    Better already...

  87. Post update

    South Africa 0-0 Ghana

    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Mongomo: It's pretty clear why Shakes Mashaba has brought in Ndulula up front for South Africa. He's a big man and a great target for Phala's crosses from the right...

  88. GOAL

    Senegal 0-1 Algeria - Riyad Mahrez

    Riyad Mahrez

    Leicester City fans let me hear you. Riyad Mahrez coolly puts his country ahead with a crucial goal.

    In truth it is a gift. Madjid Bougherra takes a free-kick on halfway and pumps it from right to left cross-field. Mahrez has left his marker out on the opposite wing to run clear and pull the ball down in the area. Senegal want a flag which is never coming and he has an age to tuck the ball into the corner.

    Looks simple. It was. But shouldn't have been.

  89. Post update

    As it stands...

    Our first as it stands table of the matches keeps you in the loop for what two draws would mean for this group.

    Ghana would trump Algeria into second courtesy of their victory when the sides met.

    Afcon Group C

    South Africa 0-0 Ghana

    South Africa v Ghana

    Even closer for Ghana. Jordan Ayew's close-range shot is parried back to him by goalkeeper Nhlanhla Khuzwayo but, with an empty net in front of him, his second effort is brilliantly hacked off the line by the retreating Eric Mathoho. So, so close.

    South Africa are all over the place.

  91. Post update

    Senegal 0-0 Algeria


    Algeria start the better of the two sides and El Arbi Soudani has a longing look at the referee in a penalty shout...nothing doing. Yacine Brahimi is tricky in midfield and the side in green force a corner. They look more settles early on.

  92. CLOSE!

    South Africa 0-0 Ghana

    Almost first blood to Ghana as Andre Ayew's towering header flashes inches wide of goal.

  93. Post update

    South Africa 0-0 Ghana

    Both these teams need a win to ensure qualification for the quarter-finals, although a point could be enough for Ghana... All to play for.


    Senegal 0-0 Algeria

    Sofiane Feghouli - the tricky Valencia man - is on the ground moaning about an injury but I think he is simply hiding his embarrassment.

    He is put clean through after Papy Djilobodji takes a heavy touch. What a chance, pick your spot...but he gets his feet in a mess and the goalkeeper saves at feet. Not even a shot.

    His standing foot nudged the ball into the hands of the keeper. Dismal.

  95. KICK-OFF

    These games must kick off at the exact same moment in each half so no team has an advantage...and we are off at both venues.

  96. Post update

    South Africa v Ghana (18:00 GMT)


    The stats aren't with South Africa...

  97. Post update

    South Africa v Ghana (18:00 GMT)

    Anthems done and dusted in Mongomo. Official photos being taken. Now the real business is about to start...

  98. Anthem time

    Senegal v Algeria (18:00 GMT)

    Algeria fans

    The Algeria national anthem rings out. It has a familiarity after the 2014 World Cup display the Desert Warriors put on.

    No rousing rendition by the crowd here though. This is very much one for the brass-band enthusiast as noisy singing is in short supply.

    The crowd have clap sticks. It's an improvement on the Vuvuzela at least...

  99. Post update

    Senegal v Algeria (18:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Steve Crossman in Malabo: It is absolutely rammed here in the press box. I think there are more fans than media here now, but it's very tight.

  100. Post update

    Teams out on the turf

    Managers shake hands

    The teams are coming out on the pitch in Malabo and Mongomo. Children carry the flags of each team, solid crowds, tonnes of vibrant colour and smiling faces in the stands. Just 90 minutes before we know if their teams' Afcon campaign takes off or ends.

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    South Africa v Ghana (18:00 GMT)

    South African Rugby: Good luck tonight @bafanabafana. You know what you have to do. You also know you have our support!

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    South Africa v Ghana (18:00 GMT)

    Ghana fans

    Ghana FA Official: Massive show of support for #BlackStars at Stadio Mongomo ahead of the #AFCON2015 clash with @BafanaBafana tonight.

  103. Post update

    Senegal v Algeria (18:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Steve Crossman in Malabo: "Have you seen Mongomo? Messi couldn't make three passes on that pitch". Fair to say Algeria boss Christian Gourcuff won't be losing too much sleep about the relocation of the quarter-finals.

  104. Post update

    Senegal v Algeria (18:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Steve Crossman in Malabo:

    Senegal boss Alain Giresse has spoken about how the carre magique (magic square) of Platini, Giresse, Fernandez and Tigana now have an input on his team. Although since the UEFA boss is too busy these days it's more a magic triangle...

    "I don't speak with the President because...he's the President he's always behind his desk in his office but Luis and Jean help me out," he said. "They always watch the matches of Senegal closely and then they phone me in the evenings to talk about the game. I enjoy speaking with the other members of the carre magique."


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    Asamoah Gyan

    As we saw during his time with Sunderland in the Premier League, Asamoah Gyan loves the number three. He went as far as to shave it into his head.

    So what for you are football's most unique haircuts? Does the controversy of David Beckham's shaved head still trump anything else? Or is big and bold like a certain former Colombia star the one worth remembering?

    Tweet us on #bbcafcon2015.

  106. Africa, with a hint of England

    Some players will be returning to British shores and English action again after these two fixtures, but will your club be blessed to have a player return?

    Rantie, Diouf, Gyan, Brahimi

    Tokelo Rantie of South Africa could be back at Bournemouth, Mame Biram Diouf to Stoke, Papiss Cisse to Newcastle and Nabil Bentaleb to Tottenham.

    You may also recognise ex-Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan today, he will lead Ghana and Porto's Yacine Brahimi (right) who won the BBC's African Footballer of the Year award for 2014.

  107. Permutations, permutations, permutations...

    South Africa v Ghana (18:00 GMT)

    The permutations if you're of a Ghanaian or South African persuasion:

    Ghana win: They will progress even if Algeria beat Senegal as they won their meeting with the Desert Warriors so have head-to-head advantage. South Africa would stay bottom.

    Draw: Ghana would be out if Algeria beat Senegal. They would have four points to Algeria's six and the same number as Senegal but lost their meeting with the latter and so exit on head-to-head.

    South Africa: Bafana Bafana would reach four points. They will progress if Senegal beat Algeria. A draw in that game would be enough for Algeria as they beat South Africa and so trump the head-to-head.

    There you go...simple.

  108. Calculator at the ready - who needs what?

    Senegal v Algeria (18:00 GMT)


    This group has been tight from the start and Senegal's 93rd minute winner against Ghana early on in the tournament hasn't half come back to help them.

    We have tried to break these down for you, so here is the Senegal v Algeria angle.

    Senegal win: They progress, leaving Algeria on three points and they will exit.

    Draw: Senegal progress on five points, Algeria would win through providing Ghana are beaten by South Africa. Algeria beat South Africa and hence their head-to-head record would be enough.

    Algeria win: They would move to six points and guarantee their passage. The second spot would go to Ghana if they beat South Africa but if the latter win, they would move level with Senegal on points. The sides drew in their head-to-head meeting so goal difference would split them.

  109. Team news

    South Africa v Ghana (18:00 GMT)

    Midfielder Wakaso Mubarak starts for Ghana, while Nhlanhla Khuzwayo starts in goal for South Africa - their third goalkeeper change of the tournament so far.

    South Africa XI: Khuzwayo, Ngcongca, Matlaba, Coetzee, Mathoho, Furman, Jali, Masango, Phala, Rantie, Ndulula.

    Ghana XI: Brimah, Afful, Rahman, Amartey, Mensah, Acquah, A. Ayew, Wakaso, Atsu, Gyan, J. Ayew.

  110. Team news

    Senegal v Algeria (18:00 GMT)

    Three of the four English-based players in Senegal's squad start. There is no place for Papiss Cisse.

    Diouf, Cisse, Mane, Kouyate

    Senegal: Coundoul; Djilobodji, Mbodji, L. Sane; Mbengue, Gueye, Kouyate, Badji; Kouly Diop, Mane, Diouf.

    Algeria: M'Bolhi; Mandi, Boogy, Medjani, Ghoulam; Feghouli, Taider, Bentaleb, Mahrez; Brahimi, Soudani.

  111. Goals in this tiny corner of Africa


    And so the giant land mass that is Africa focuses on the minute west-coast country of Equatorial Guinea.

    Map of Africa

    For the third day in a row, we have a straight-up shootout to get into the quarter-finals.

    All four teams in Group C can theoretically reach the last eight, all have England-based players in their squads and this group is where the goals are.

    They have shared 10 in three match days so far. Only Group A can equal that having played an extra round of matches.

    This could be the most exciting day of Afcon 2015 so far..

  112. Welcome

    Teams arrive in fine voice

    South Africa

    BBC Sport reporter John Bennett tweets: Ghana and South Africa arrive at the stadium singing & dancing...


    Hopefully it was Shakira.

  113. Tsamina mina zangalewa


    A decisive day in the Africa Cup of Nations group stages. I can think of only one way to start...Shakira.


    As her deep and hard-thought lyrics to the pop classic 'Waka Waka' outlined in 2010:

    "You're on the front line - Everyone's watching - You know it's serious - We're getting closer - This isn't over.

    "When you fall get up, oh oh - If you fall get up, eh eh - Tsamina mina zangalewa -'Cause this is Africa."

    Gold I think you'll agree. This is Africa, this is serious and at least two teams will fall today. Well in Shakira.

    (Waka Waka reached number 21 in the UK and 38 in America - deserved more.)