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Summary

  1. Ivory Coast into the Africa Cup of Nations final
  2. Yaya Toure's stunning strike opens scoring
  3. Mbokani levels from the spot for DR Congo
  4. Gervinho sweeps in Ivory Coast's second before Kanon pokes in
  5. GET INVOLVED: Your Afcon player for the Premier League?

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    So who will join Ivory Coast in Sunday's final? Hosts Equatorial Guinea or Ghana? Be back here tomorrow. Thanks for joining us.

  2. Thursday's Afcon semi-final preview

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    So, on to the second semi-final. Hosts Equatorial Guinea v Ghana.

    Ghana - aka Black Stars - have not won the tournament since 1982, despite making the final four in the last four Afcons.

    "Football being what it is, sometimes you take your chances, sometimes you don't. We've worked hard to get to this point so now we want to take the opportunity to progress," says assistant coach Maxwell Konadu.

    Some consider Equatorial Guinea to be lucky to be in this position. A dubious penalty decision in the dying minutes by Mauritian referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn turned the tide in favour of the hosts against Tunisia in the quarter-final.

    The referee was subsequently banned for six months for a "poor performance".

  3. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    So that is Ivory Coast's second final in three tournaments. Their coach Herve Renard was the coach of Zambia who defeated The Elephants 8-7 on penalties. If you don't know what he looks like, imagine David Ginola's older and more bohemian brother.

  4. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Sulaimon Adelekan: The Ivorian team following the steps of Nigeria in 2013. Started poorly, improved and ended with the trophy.

  5. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    The Ivory Coast players run over to their fans - do a jig of joy then hold hands with each other and leap half a foot in the air. The last part of that was a bit poor, but they won't care.

  6. IVORY COAST REACH AFCON 2015 FINAL

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    That is it. Ivory Coast are in the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

  7. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Sport in Bata

    "I have really enjoyed seeing this DR Congo side at this tournament, particularly in the knockout stages. They have fully played their part in a hugely entertaining game and I think they can rightly challenge for third place at this tournament."

  8. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    The 6ft 8in striker Lacina Traore - who Everton fans might remember - is on for Ivory Coast team-mate Wilfried Bony.

  9. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    ... but the free-kick comes to nothing and we are into stoppage time, which there will be three minutes of.

  10. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Abbot Oghenekaro: Looking forward to an Ivory Coast vs Ghana final. Anything short of this would lead to a boring final.

    Eyobel Gomini: This Ivory Coast team are going stronger and stronger...they will definitely win this.

  11. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    It's a free-kick to DR Congo on the right-hand side of the area...

  12. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Sport in Bata

    "It is remarkable that a country of the footballing pedigree of the Ivory Coast have only won this tournament once."

  13. GREAT SAVE!

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    DR Congo's Robert Kidiaba denies Gervinho another goal by coming out and blocking his shot near the edge of the area.

    Gervinho
  14. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    Four minutes of normal time remaining. It looks like it's an Ivory Coast win.

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    Bonny mi wa: In Nairobi with DR Congo fan, it is tense here.

  16. CLOSE!

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    What an error by Serge Aurier - he heads back to keeper Sylvain Gbohouo unaware that two DR Congo forwards anticipated his header. Luckily for Ivory Coast Gbohouo was alert to the danger, although for some reason he elected to push the ball up in the air before grabbing hold of it. As you do.

  17. SUBSTITUTION

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    DR Congo's Firmin Mubele is on for Cedric Makiadi. He is a promising striker and was named the best Africa-based player of 2014. He needs to prove his worth with 10 minutes remaining.

  18. YELLOW CARD

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier goes into the book for time wasting on a throw-in.

  19. YELLOW CARD

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    DR Congo substitute Junior Kabananga dives to try to reach Yannick Bolasie's ball into the area, but opts to use his hand instead of his head which lands him in trouble with referee Neant Alioum.

  20. Post update

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport in Bata

    "They scored in a very similar point in the second half as they did in the first. It goes in off his knee but it doesn't matter how they go in, Ivory Coast are in control. Herve Renard will be happy with what he is seeing, especially after his side started off poorly."

  21. GOAL

    DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast - Wilfried Kanon

    If anyone can Kanon can. Yaya Toure's corner is headed at goal by Serge Aurier. His effort is pushed away by Robert Kidiaba, but Wilfried Kanon is at hand to cannon in the loose ball... with his knee.

    Wilfried Kanon celebrates
  22. YELLOW CARD

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Kiritcho Kasusula picks up a yellow after leaving Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony on the deck. Fair decision.

  23. Post update

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Just waiting for the DR beat to start beating again for one big assault on the Ivory Coast defence. At the moment, The Elephants are quite comfortable.

  24. SUBSTITUTIONS

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Strange substitution from the outside. DR Congo goalscorer Dieumerci Mbokani is replaced by Junior Kabananga. Meanwhile, Ivory Coast's Salomon Kalou, who plies his trade at Hertha Berlin these days, is on for Max Gradel.

  25. GREAT SAVE AND OUCH!

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure puts on the afterburners and enters the right hand side of the area before bulleting a powerful shot that appears to come off the stomach of keeper Robert Kidiaba. Painful. But the keeper shows know pain. Rocky would be proud.

    Yaya Toure
  26. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Festus Abrah-Yeboah: Hoping for more of such runs from Bolasie. He is obviously the main danger man for DR Congo

  27. Post update

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport in Bata

    "You want to see Bolasie driving at defenders and he did that there. This is more what DR Congo fans will want to see. It is like the final five minutes of a knockout tie at the moment with play swinging from one to the other."

  28. GREAT SAVE!

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    A bit of magic from DR Congo's Yannick Bolasie, which sees him drift past four players inside the area, finishes with a low shot saved by Sylvain Gbohouo - beautiful weaving from the Crystal Palace man.

    At the other end, Yaya Toure drags an angled shot wide.

    Yannick Bolasie
  29. Post update

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Gervinho fancies it a little. A very characteristic spurt down the wing ends up with him coming inside and forcing a block from keeper Robert Kidiaba. The resulting corner comes to nothing.

  30. ERM... WE'RE A MAN SHORT

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Hang on! Hang on! Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier arrives on the pitch about a minute after the restart. Seriously! The ref didn't notice - did he care?

  31. KICK-OFF

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    The teams are back on to the pitch. Yaya Toure and Gervinho are having a quick chat. We are back under way.

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    Festus Abrah-Yeboah: I thought DR Congo had gotten over their comical defending and ball holding......a sweet finish by Gervinho nevertheless.

  33. Post update

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Sport in Bata

    "I've enjoyed this very much. I don't think defensive coaches will have enjoyed it but it has been a good watch. Ivory Coast showed some maturity by not going to pieces when they gave away the penalty and got themselves back in front. On balance I think they just about deserve the lead at the break."

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    Victor Anaedobe: I still think this match will go down the wire. DRC has goals in them.

  35. Post update

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport in Bata

    "DR Congo have struggled to create clear opportunities but they do look a threat and they do look like they will take their chances when they come. I don't think this game is over yet, they are right in it."

  36. HALF-TIME

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Yaya Toure, Serge Aurier, Gervinho

    The Elephants have the lead, although defensively they still look shaky. It'll either end 4-4 after 90 mins, or DRC will get battered. I reckon.

  37. INJURY TIME

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    There are two minutes of added time. We could still have another two goals.

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    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Daniel Woodley: This could end up 5-5. And that's before penalties! Both defences can't defend! Brilliant game for the neutral.

  39. Post update

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Sport in Bata

    "The Congolese midfield and defence evaporated allowing a three on two break and when you have Gervinho, Bony and Serey up there then it is dangerous. Gervinho had so much time. The Congolese defence are talking to each other, asking what went wrong, well what went wrong was that they all went missing."

  40. GOAL

    DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast - Gervinho

    Three against two. Manchester City's new signing Wilfried Bony plays in Roma winger Gervinho who slides his strike past Robert Kidiaba in the DRC goal.

    Moments earlier, Gervinho's header came off the crossbar. Over to you DR Congo.

    Gervinho celebrates
  41. Post update

    DR Congo 1-1 Ivory Coast

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Sport in Bata

    "Ivory Coast did not get their defence organised enough to deal with that and in the end they are lucky that Mbokani did not catch that as well as he could."

  42. CLOSE!

    DR Congo 1-1 Ivory Coast

    We were waiting for some Yannick Bolasie wizardry. The Crystal Palace winger makes space for himself down the left and pulls the ball back for DR Congo goalscorer Dieumerci Mbokani - this time he fails to catch his shot right and Sylvain Gbohouo makes a low save.

  43. Post update

    DR Congo 1-1 Ivory Coast

    It's that Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast again. He takes charge of a 30-yard free-kick, but his low strike bends round the wall and is at least two feet wide of the keeper's left-hand post.

    Less than 10 minutes until HT.

  44. Post update

    DR Congo 1-1 Ivory Coast

    Hmm. Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo looked set to come off with veteran Boubacar Barry warming-up, but the big man is OK after getting treatment on a leg injury.

  45. YELLOW CARD

    DR Congo 1-1 Ivory Coast

    Ivory Coast goalscorer Yaya Toure is in the book after criticising referee Cameroon referee Neant Alioum in front of his face. Naughty, and also a bit unnecessary.

  46. Post update

    DR Congo 1-1 Ivory Coast

    African Cup of Nations
  47. GOAL

    DR Congo 1-1 Ivory Coast - Dieumerci Mbokani pen

    Dieumerci Mbokani steps up and scores past Sylvain Gbohouo - the Ivory Coast lead lasted 90 seconds. Mbokani scored twice against Congo in the previous round. What a two minutes!

    Dieumerci Mbokani
  48. PENALTY TO DR CONGO

    DR Congo 0-1 Ivory Coast

    A chance for DR Congo here has Eric Bailly handles the ball...

  49. Post update

    DR Congo 0-1 Ivory Coast

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport in Bata

    "Cometh the hour, cometh the man and what a hit that was! It is harsh on DR Congo but Yaya showed all the class of a man who has been named four-time African football of the year. He has changed the nature of the game in the blink of an eye."

  50. WHAT A GOAL!

    DR Congo 0-1 Ivory Coast - Yaya Toure

    Wow, wow and wow. We know this man can hit it, but I don't remember a strike he has hit as hard.

    Wilfried Bony appears to lose the ball but up pops Manchester City midfield leader Yaya Toure who absolutely belts the ball from 20 yards past Robert Kidiaba, who barely had time to lift his hands.

    Yaya Toure celebrates scoring
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    Charles Sendegeya: DR Congo using long-range approach similar to Man United against Cambridge FA replay. Hope things improve.

  52. Post update

    DR Congo 0-0 Ivory Coast

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport in Bata

    "It was a good strike but I am not sure he could have even got the shot in on goal because there were so many DR Congo players reacting quickly to try and close down the space. They are so on their metal at the moment."

  53. Post update

    DR Congo 0-0 Ivory Coast

    Ivory Coast's Serey Die has what you call a half-effort - a 25-yard daisy-cutter that cuts daisies but is nowhere near to cutting through Robert Kidiaba in the DRC goal.

  54. Zakuani recovers from truck error

    DR Congo 0-0 Ivory Coast

    It is worth noting that Peterborough United defender Gabriel Zakuani starts despite apparently being only 70% fit and only days after he was run over by a medical truck on the pitch in the quarter-final against Congo. One of the classic moments of this competition. He seems to be moving about fine.

  55. Post update

    DR Congo 0-0 Ivory Coast

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport in Bata

    "Kolo Toure is still having a word with his fellow defenders after that chance and it is clear to see why because they are so young. Kolo has a big job tonight to keep an eye on those two, make sure they are alert and keep their composure."

  56. Post update

    DR Congo 0-0 Ivory Coast

    DR Congo's Jeremy Bokila forces a good save at the near post from Sylvain Gbohouo with a fierce shot. That is now twice the central African side have caused problems in the Ivory Coast area.

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    Jozef Podsiadly: As much as we want Bolasie back for the Leicester game I hope he goes on a mad one tonight! Ole rubber legs.

  58. Post update

    DR Congo 0-0 Ivory Coast

    Now then. Little Cedric Mabwati of DR Congo surges into the area and falls under the challenge of Serge Kanon. Referee Neant Alioum waves away half-hearted appeals.

  59. Post update

    DR Congo 0-0 Ivory Coast

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport in Bata

    "I would not have named DR Congo as one of the teams to make it this far but they have done so and they really delivered in the quarter-finals."

  60. KICK-OFF

    DR Congo 0-0 Ivory Coast

    Ivory Coast kick off the first Africa Cup of Nations 2015 semi-final.

  61. Player to watch

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    Yannick Bolasie

    We are all set for kick off. The odds are heavily in favour of Ivory Coast, but if there is one player we think can break The Elephants, it's Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie.

  62. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Which Afcon 2015 player would you like to see if the PL?

    Tom King: Islam Slimani would adapt well to Premier League football and score goals.

    Nikoleta Torres: Aubameyang.

  63. Post update

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Sport in Bata

    "This is a stadium which is very far from being full. If I was to say it was a third full I would be pushing it somewhat. We are just 10 minutes away from what could potentially be a fantastic semi-final. Both teams are out on the field and the anthems are under way."

  64. Anthems

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    The teams are on the pitch and the anthems are playing. Ivory Coast are in orange shirts and green shorts and DR Congo are in all white.

  65. Post update

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport

    "I watched Sunday night's game between Ivory Coast and Algeria with DR Congo fans and all were hoping Algeria would make it through so that they didn't have to face the might of the Elephants in Wednesday's semi-final in Bata.

    "One thing is certain though. Should they find themselves two goals down after an hour, they will believe they can come back. They staged one of the best comebacks in recent times against Congo, scoring four unanswered goals to register a famous 4-2 win in Saturday's first quarter-final."

  66. 'We will be united in our common interests'

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    DR Congo's Florent Ibenge - the only African coach left in the tournament - is giving his players one of those rousing 'president in Independence Day-type' speeches, on the Bata Stadium pitch.

    And we all know what happened at the end of that film.

    Less than 15 minutes until kick-off.

  67. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Which Afcon 2015 player would you like to see if the PL?

    SKM Asset Finance: Tokelo Rantie playing for Bournemouth when we get promoted this year.

    Sulaimon Adelekan: I would like to see my Afcon best player so far Javier Balboa of Equatorial Guinea play in the best league in the world EPL.

  68. Fast facts - Ivory Coast

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony
  69. Fast facts - DR Congo

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    Dieumerci Mbokani
  70. Post update

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    Matthew Kenyon

    BBC Sport in Bata

    "It is a very attacking line-up from both sides, plenty of players in there who could score and we could have plenty of goals today."

  71. Line-ups

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    DR Congo: Muteba, Djos, Kilichio, Makiadi, Mbokani, Bolasie, Zakuani, Kimuani, Mabwati, Bokila, Mbemba.

    Ivory Coast: Gbohouo, K Toure, Tiene, Gervinho, Bony, Gradel, Aurier, Y Toure, Gonzaroua Die, Bailly, Kanon.

  72. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Which Afcon 2015 player would you like to see if the PL?

    Adrian Watters: would have to be brahimi, top player!! Gradel was good for Leeds, so wouldn't be surprised to see him back in England.

    Ryan Crombleholme: Ghoulam is young and looks good, same with Feghouli. I got a thing about Algerian players.

    Thembelani Mathe: Eq.Guinea's Stopper #Ovono he's a fined goalkeeper #bbcafcon2015 could really make his mark in.

  73. Post update

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    Piers Edwards

    BBC Africa sport

    "There's been so much talk of this Ivory Coast golden generation winning something but if they finally clinch their first title since 1992, and only their second overall, they will do so without some mainstays of recent years - such as Didier Drogba, Didier Zokora and Emmanuel Eboue.

    "They still have the Toure brothers and Gervinho, while new Manchester City signing Wilfried Bony - a handy ready-made replacement for Drogba - came alive in the 3-1 defeat of Algeria by burying the two chances that came his way."

  74. Ibenge confident

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge: "We put in place a project before the qualifiers started that we wanted to win the Nations Cup in 2017 or 2019. So to find ourselves here already is a bonus. But now we're here, why not go all the way?"

  75. Team news

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    DR Congo's Peterborough United defender Gabriel Zakuani recovers from a sprained ankle to make the first XI. Crystal Palace's lively winger Yannick Bolasie is also selected.

    Ivory Coast's Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is fit again having missed the last two matches with an ankle problem - he starts on the bench. Manchester City's Wilfried Bony is up front in a starting XI that includes City midfielder Yaya Toure, his brother and Liverpool defender Kolo and Roma winger Gervinho.

  76. Leopards changing their spots

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    DR Congo
    Image caption: DR Congo players celebrate a famous win over their near rivals

    So what of DR Congo?

    They've sneaked through to this stage, in all fairness.

    Coach Florent Ibenge's side drew all three matches and reached the quarters because they scored more goals than Cape Verde.

    But then came their performance in arguably the best match - OK, best second half - of the tournament so far, against neighbours Congo.

    Two goals conceded in the second half with 28 minutes remaining, DR Congo looked set for the exit. But, oh no.

    Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani inspired the fight back, as the Leopards recorded an astonishing 4-2 win.

    Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie didn't even score. His team are peaking at the right time.

  77. Join the debate at #bbcafcon2015

    Which Afcon 2015 player would you like to see if the PL?

    Algeria's Yacine Brahimi
    Image caption: Algeria's Yacine Brahimi impressed for the national side

    Before we move on to DR Congo, we really want you guys to do is get involved with this live text malarkey by telling us which player from Afcon 2015 you would like to see playing in the Premier League and why?

    DR Congo's Dieumerci Mbokani?

    Ivory Coast's Max Gradel?

    Algeria's Yacine Brahimi?

    Tweet us at #bbcafcon2015, text in on 81111 or got the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  78. Elephants never forget

    DR Congo v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

    Map of Africa

    Twenty-eight games down, four remaining. That's right it's semi-finals time at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    The first of those is in the Equatorial Guinea port city of Bata where the small west African nation of Cote d'Ivoire [top left on the map] - anglicised as Ivory Coast - meet central African side DR Congo [you can't miss it on the map].

    The Elephants are as strong as... well... elephants in two-thirds of the field, with midfielders Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Newcastle's Cheick Tiote along with Roma winger Gervinho and City's new striker Wilfried Bony set to give DRC a good workout.

    They are odds-on favourites, although The Leopards will no doubt recall their 4-3 victory in the Ivory Coast capital during the qualifiers.

    That must have hurt.

    "DR Congo defeated us in Abidjan during the qualifiers, but this time it will be different," says Ivory Coast midfielder, and ex of Leeds, Max Gradel.

    Clobbering time? Stay here.