Sunday's African Cup of Nations qualifiers as they happened

Algeria, Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Angola, Niger, Togo, DR Congo and Burkina Faso qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

14 October 2012 Last updated at 22:56

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As it happened

  1. 2230: 

    So after a dramatic weekend, the line-up for the 29th edition of the Nations Cup looks like this: Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia and reigning African champions Zambia.

    South Africa qualify automatically as hosts.

    So while Cameroonians may well wonder if they have lost their status as an African football powerhouse, the emotions in Cape Verde are running high as the islanders reach their first Nations Cup. A triumphant day for Ethiopia as well as the 1962 African champions qualify for their first tournament in 30 years.

    Thanks for joining us - see you in January, and until then - good night.

  2. 2229: 
    FULL-TIME- Algeria 2-0 Libya

    After lengthy additional time at the end of the game, the full-time whistle blows and Algeria are the last team to join hosts South Africa in January's 2013 Nations Cup finals.

    Goals in the opening ten minutes from Arbi Hilel Soudani and Islam Slimani settled the tie, to give Algeria a 2-0 lead on the night and a 3-0 aggregate advantage - which is how it ended in Blida, despite Libya hitting the bar in the dying moments.

  3. 2218: 

    Five minutes to go in Algeria and only a footballing miracle will bar the 1990 African champions from returning to a competition they missed earlier this year.

  4. 2139: 

    Back underway in Blida, where Algeria are 45 minutes away from becoming the 15th and final qualifier for January's Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

  5. 2118: 
    HALF-TIME- Algeria 2-0 Libya

    The half-time whistle blows in Blida where the hosts are in complete control, leading 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate, thanks to early goals from Soudani and Slimani. Algeria look set to return to the competition after missing out on the 2012 finals, while Libya's hopes of achieving back-to-back qualifications look doomed.

  6. 2105: 
    FULL-TIME- Burkina Faso 3-1 Central African Republic

    A massive twist in the tail there as Burkina Faso book their place in South Africa next year. An injury-time goal brought them back from the edge of defeat to snatch victory right at the last. CAR's players must be heartbroken.

  7. 2100: 
    GOAL- Burkina Faso 3-1 Central African Republic

    Late, late drama! Alain Traore scores the goal that puts Burkina Faso ahead in the tie - they had been heading for elimination on away goals, but now they are on the verge of qualification. You really wouldn't want to have predicted anything this weekend.

  8. 2038: 
    GOAL- Algeria 2-0 Libya

    Algeria have flown out of the blocks. Islam Slimani makes it 2-0 on the night and his side have taken this tie by the scruff of the neck. Libya look to have been knocked out inside 10 minutes.

  9. 2036: 
    GOAL- Algeria 1-0 Libya

    It may the be the last match of a dramatic weekend, but the action is still far from over. Arbi Hilel Soudani puts Algeria ahead after only five minutes, doubling their aggregate lead.

  10. 2031: 
    KICK-OFF- Algeria 0-0 Libya

    The 15th match of 15 second-leg final-round qualifiers this weekend gets underway in Blida.

  11. 2028: 

    You can read more on Senegal's reaction to last night's abandoned game against Ivory Coast here.

  12. 2005: 
    KICK-OFF- Burkina Faso 2-1 Central African Republic

    Ready for a second half of drama, unpredictability and a couple more goals? I have a feeling this game will provide.

  13. 2000: 
    FULL-TIME- Equatorial Guinea 2-1 DR Congo

    Despite defeat on the night, DR Congo seal their spot in South Africa with a 5-2 aggregate victory.

  14. 2000: 

    Gracious, but perhaps slightly odd, comments from Cameroon coach Jean-Paul Akono after his side's elimination by Cape Verde.

    "I must congratulate my boys," said Akono. "The Lions have played the way they could, unfortunately they lost. But it's important to wish the Cape Verde team good luck."

    The match was Akono's first in charge since he took over from sacked predecessor Denis Lavagne, and perhaps he can be absolved of blame as he inherited a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

    But the fact remains that the four-time African champions winners will now miss successive Nations Cups for the first time in more than 30 years.

    HALF-TIME- Burkina Faso 2-1 Central African Republic

    That's the break in Burkina Faso. This one could go either way - a fascinating second half ahead.

  16. 1946: 
    GOAL- Burkina Faso 2-1 Central African Republic

    Well, few of us were expecting this! Burkina Faso score their second of the night as Moumouni Dagano converts from the penalty spot. Should they score one more (without reply) they would progress. That looked an unlikely scenario when CAR took the lead early on this evening.

  17. 1935: 

    News just in that Senegal team manager Ferdinand Coly has said they will accept any punishment they are given for the fans' violence that forced the abandonment of last night's match between Senegal and Ivory Coast.

    Ivory Coast players and fans were targeted by stones, bottles, and chairs hurled by angry Senegal supporters after the visitors had taken a 2-0 lead for a 6-2 aggregate advantage.

    Coly said: "We are going to face some difficult days but Senegal will accept the sanctions. In the meantime, we must apologise to the Ivory Coast and make sure we do everything to avoid this happening again. I feel great sadness because this type of thing has no place on a football pitch or anywhere else."

  18. 1922: 
    GOAL- Burkina Faso 1-1 Central African Republic

    Hang on a minute... Alain Traore scores to bring Burkina Faso back on level terms on the night. But they still trail on aggregate and need two more goals to avoid elimination.

  19. 1915: 
    GOAL- Burkina Faso 0-1 Central African Republic

    Great start by Central African Republic, who will now go through if they concede fewer than three goals. They lead 2-0 on aggregate and have the added avantage of an away goal. It's a tough ask for Burkina Faso to come back from this.

  20. 1901: 
    KICK-OFF- Burkina Faso v Central African Republic

    The match starts in Burkina Faso, with the hosts looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

  21. 1900: 

    Back to Togo.

    The remarkable twist in this tale is that they were almost denied the chance to take part in this competition as they were originally banned for two Nations Cups by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) following their withdrawl from Angola 2010. Togo walked out of that tournament after their team bus was machine-gunned (two team officials died).

    Togo's suspension was eventually lifted after Fifa head Sepp Blatter had a meeting with Caf president Issa Hayatou.

    That common sense prevailed was only right, and surely no fair-minded fan would now begrudge them their tilt at the tophy in South Africa.

  22. 1845: 
    GOAL- Equatorial Guinea 2-1 DR Congo

    The impossible dream proves to be just that. Just before half-time DR Congo break through to grab an away goal and put the aggregate score at 5-2 in their favour.

  23. 1840: 
    GOAL- Equatorial Guinea 2-0 DR Congo

    Could it really happen? Could it? Really? Equatorial Guinea have scored a second. How are DR Congo going to react to this - are nerves about to be shredded, could they become paralysed by the thought of throwing away a huge lead. It's not quite game on, but this tie has got 200% more interesting.

  24. 1835: 
    FULL-TIME- Togo 2-1 Gabon

    Togo are through 3-2 on aggregate after resisting a late fightback from Gabon to book their spot in South Africa next year.

  25. 1830: 
    GOAL- Equatorial Guinea 1-0 DR Congo

    Speaking of comebacks, it would be nothing short of miraculous if Equatorial Guinea could turn this tie around. They've got one goal - now they just need another three goals to force penalties, or four to win the tie outright!

  26. 1825: 
    GOAL- Togo 2-1 Gabon

    Gabon have given themselves a lifeline, thanks to a goal from Daniel Cousin. They still trail 3-2 on aggregate but they have a glimmer of hope that they could complete their comeback in the last 10 minutes of the game.

  27. 1801: 
    KICK-OFF- Equatorial Guinea v DR Congo

    There have been shocks and twists all over the place today, but it's highly unlikely that this tie will throw up any more. DR Congo are 4-0 up from the first leg and the second leg is expected to be a mere formality. But football regularly makes fools of us all. We shall see.

  28. 1801: 
    FULL-TIME- Niger 2-0 Guinea

    And Niger qualify, thanks to those two late goals. Niger go through 2-1 on aggregate, booking a second consecutive appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations.

  29. 1800: 
    FULL-TIME- Angola 2-0 Zimbabwe

    It's all over in Luanda and Manucho's two goals seal Angola's place in South Africa next year as they draw 3-3 on aggregate with Zim and go through on the away goals rule.

  30. 1800: 
    GOAL- Niger 2-0 Guinea

    That could seal it for Niger, who appear to have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Issoufou Boubacar Garba knocks in his side's second. However, with the aggregate score at 2-1, a goal for Guinea would take them through on the away goals rule. Tense!

  31. 1754: 
    GOAL- Togo 2-0 Gabon

    Emmanuel Adebayor doubles Togo's lead and his side now have one foot in the tournament next year. They lead 3-1 on aggregate.

  32. 1753: 
    Silvio Capuepue, BBC reporter in Angola

    "The noise ramps up all around this 50,000-capacity 11 November stadium as the game heads into injury time, of which there will be three minutes."

  33. 1749: 
    GOAL- Niger 1-0 Guinea

    Last-gasp drama in Niger! The home side looked to be on the verge of being eliminated but Mohamed Chicoto has scored the goal that could now take this tie to penalties.

  34. 1745: 
    Silvio Capuepue, BBC reporter in Angola

    "But Angola have to hang on for only five more minutes to book their fifith consecutive appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations since 2006."

  35. 1744: 
    Silvio Capuepue, BBC reporter in Angola

    "Djalma Campos, the provider of Angola's two early goals is replaced by Mingo Bille, as Dede gives way for Manuel. The move is designed to help Angola get back on top in the middle of the park, where Zim have started to dominate."

  36. 1739: 

    Togo and Gabon resume battle.

  37. 1727: 
    Togo 1-0 GabonHALF-TIME

    Togo head into the break in the ascendancy. But the tie remains in the balance. This is certainly not a foregone conclusion.

  38. 1726: 
    Silvio Capuepue, BBC reporter in Angola

    In Angola, Mateus Galiano misses a great chance to put his side 3-0 up and give them extra breathing space. Shortly after Djalma is clean through on goal with only the keeper to beat but he, too, misses the chance to add to Angola's advantage. Let-offs for Zimbabwe. Will Angola pay for their profligacy?

  39. 1720: 
    Togo 1-0 GabonGOAL

    Wome Dove makes the breakthrough for the hosts in the 34th minute. It puts them 2-1 on aggregate but doesn't actually change things too much for Gabon - they needed to score one goal before and they still need to score one goal now to avoid going out.

  40. 1711: 

    It's a cagey affair between Togo and Gabon with both sides cancelling each other out. As things stand, Togo are going through on away goals.

    If Togo score to make it 2-1 on agregate, it might be enough to send them through. Equally, a goal for Gabon could be enough to see them qualify.

    A 1-1 draw in this second leg is the only result that would take the game to penalties.

    Tight enough for you?

  41. 1705: 

    We're back under way in Angola. And in Niger.

  42. 1658: 
    Cameroon 2-1 Cape VerdeFULL-TIME

    Indeed it was too late for Cameroon, and they are out! An incredible achievment for Cape Verde who qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history with a 3-2 aggregate win. This is a MASSIVE shock.

  43. 1656: 
    Cameroon 2-1 Cape VerdeGOAL

    Fabrice Olinga scores on his debut, converting Eto'os cross. But surely it's too late for Cameroon?

  44. 1652: 
    Angola 2-0 ZimbabweHALF-TIME

    That's the end of the first half in Angola - and it could hardly have gone any better for the hosts. Angola pulled off a remarkable turnaround within six minutes of the kick-off, scoring two quick goals to put themselves in front in the tie by virtue of the away goals rule.

    The question is whether Zimbabwe have the resources to recover from that blow.

  45. 1652: 

    As for Cape Verde, you have to respect and admire the way they have gone about their business. A nation of about 500,000 people are on the verge of being able to celebrate an astonishing football giant-killing.

  46. 1648: 
    Leocadia Bongben, BBC reporter in Cameroon

    Only 12 minutes to go in Yaounde, where Cameroon are desperately searching for a way back into the game. Trailing 3-1 on aggregate to Cape Verde, they are also being deserted by home fans already leaving the stadium. If this tie ends in defeat for the Indomitable Lions, you sense it is not going to go down at all well in Cameroon.

  47. 1645: 

    The tie between Togo and Gabon is finely balanced with the aggregate score at 1-1. Togo have the advantage because of their away goal.

    Remember, there is no extra-time in any of these matches. If the scores are level after normal time - and there is no away goals advantage - the matches go straight to penalties. Could it be any more dramatic?

  48. 1630: 
    Togo v GabonKICK-OFF

    The game is under way in Togo.

  49. 1630: 

    Samuel Eto'o's effort rocks the goal frame. Cameroon cannot afford to miss these chances if they are going to rescue themselves - they still need three goals!

  50. 1625: 

    Cameroon are pressing hard to get themselves back in the game against Cape Verde. The Indomitable Lions have had two penalty appeals turned down in the second half.

  51. 1620: 
    GOAL- Angola 2-0 Zimbabwe

    The hosts get off to a flier as Manucho Goncalves opens the scoring with only four minutes played and then scores another two minutes later. It's Angola 2-0 Zimbabwe.

    The two goals in quick succession have completely turned the tie around. The aggregate score is now 3-3 and that means Angola are ahead of Zimbabwe on away goals!

  52. 1617: 

    Who else will join Ethiopia today?

    Cameroon need to score two unanswered goal against Cape Verde to book their place. Before a ball was kicked, Cape Verde were the underdogs, but with the aggregate score currently 3-1 in their favour, they must be favourites now. There's about half an hour of normal time to play in Yaounde.

    Elsewhere, Angola must overturn a 3-1 deficit at home to Zimbabwe, while Guinea have a 1-0 lead to defend in Niger.

  53. 1612: 

    Some big numbers tell you just how massive it is for Ethiopia that they have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations. They last managed it 30 years ago. And they last won the tournament 50 years ago. Time to dream dreams once more?

  54. 1605: 

    The second half begins in Cameroon. This should be a cracking second period - all to play for.

  55. 1605: 

    The matches between Niger and Guinea and Angola and Zimbabwe are under way. Five minutes played so far.

  56. 1604: 
    Iffy Inuora, former Ethiopia coach

    "Maskel Square in the centre of Addis Ababa was recently the setting for the sombre state funeral of recently deceased President Meles. Tonight it will reverberate to the most joyous party in years! Congratulations to the Waliyas!"

  57. 1600: 
    Ethiopia 2-0 SudanFULL-TIME

    It's all over in Ethiopia and the hosts go through on the away goals rule after a 2-0 victory on the day which levelled the tie 5-5 on aggregate.

  58. 1555: 
    Cameroon 1-1 Cape VerdeHALF-TIME

    Interval time in Yaounde. It's likely that Cape Verde will head to the dressing rooms feeling the more positive of the sides, having snatched an away goal to add to their two-goal advantage from the first leg. Cameroon simply had to strike back quickly after conceding - and they did - but they still need two goals, or else they are out.

  59. 1552: 

    What an amazing tie this has been between Ethiopia and Sudan. Ten goals shared over two legs, both sides adopting an all-out attacking mentality, and it looks like Ethiopia are going to edge it and book their place in South Africa. Wonderful stuff!

  60. 1549: 
    Iffy Onuora, former Ethiopia coach

    "It was Saladin Seid who scored that vital goal, he can prepare to be elevated to national hero status if Ethiopia can just hang on. e're into the last minute!

  61. 1541: 
    Iffy Onuora, former Ethiopia coach

    "It is going to be a nerve-shredding last 10 minutes for the whole of Ethiopia. The whole country will go crazy if the team can hang on and qualify for next year's tournament in South Africa."

  62. 1535: 
    GOAL- Ethiopia 2-0 Sudan

    That's a crucial score from Ethiopia, who double their lead on the day and are now ahead on aggregate by virtue of the away goals rule.

    Iffy Onuoura's reaction says it all: "Dust off those passports, a first finals in 30 years beckons!"

  63. 1533: 
    GOAL- Ethiopia 1-0 Sudan

    Ethiopia take the lead through Adane Girma. He's an excellent attacking full-back, who wouldn't look out of place in a top Championship side in England, says Iffy Onuotra.

    That goal has set the tie up for a rousing last 20 minutes at the National stadium in Addis. Ethiopia trail 4-5 on aggregate.

  64. 1529: 
    Leocadia Bongben, BBC reporter in Cameroon

    Emana's goal came on 22 minutes. Plenty of life left in this tie yet. Meanwhile, Cameroon midfielder Alex Song has been booked.

  65. 1525: 
    GOAL- Cameroon 1-1 Cape Verde

    Cameroon have done exactly what they needed to do and hit back quickly. Achille Emana is the man who scores the equaliser on the day and returns Cameroon's aggregate deficit to two goals.

  66. 1519: 
    Iffy Onuora, former Ethiopia coachEthiopia v Sudan

    "You've got to give credit to Sudan. The longer the game remains goalless, the more hope will start to drain out of the home side and their supporters. Saladin Seid is a top striker for Ethiopia, and Sudan are keeping him quiet so far."

  67. 1515: 
    GOAL- Cameroon 0-1 Cape Verde

    Sensational start for the visitors, who have struck first in Yaounde. That puts them 3-0 up on aggregate. Augusto Almeida scores from a free-kick to put his side firmly in the driving seat in this tie.

  68. 1511: 
    Leocadia Bongben, BBC reporter in CameroonCameroon v Cape Verde

    The Cameroon crowd is going crazy every time Eto'o touches the ball. But no real chances yet - for either side.

  69. 1506: 
    Iffy Onuora, former Ethiopia coachEthiopia v Sudan

    "Well it must be approaching time for the second half now in Addis. That rickety old stadium won't win any beauty prizes, but it is as atmospheric a place as you'll find anywhere. If the home team can start brightly the fans will really get behind them… there's a few twists and turns yet I imagine!"

  70. 1500: 
    Cameroon v Cape VerdeKICK-OFF

    Cameroon get the game under way in Yaounde. Can underdogs Cape Verde complete the task and pull off a shock? We're roughly an hour and a half away from finding out.

  71. 1458: 
    Leocadia Bongben, BBC reporter in CameroonCameroon v Cape Verde

    Needing to overcome a two-goal deficit, Cameroon will welcome all the help they can get as they seek to avoid a massive upset. The good news for the Indomitable Lions is Samuel Eto'o is fit - after some injury concerns midweek - and will take the field sporting the captain's armband.

    Cameroon's talisman spearheads their attack alongside Achille Webo, while Carlos Kameni is between the posts, tasked with the critical job of keeping Cape Verde out.

  72. 1449: 
    Iffy Onuora, former Ethiopia coach

    "Nil-nil at half-time would not be the worst result (for Ethiopia). An early goal in the second half with the crowd behind the home team would make it game on!

  73. 1435: 

    Approaching half time and Sudan remain in the driving seat. They lead 5-3 on aggregate, with no goals to report in Addis Ababa.

  74. 1420: 

    The two late goals scored by Muhanned al-Tahir in the first leg remain the difference between these two sides. The home fans will be getting a little restless as the second leg remains scoreless.

  75. 1412: 

    Early stages of the second leg in Addis Ababa and Ethiopia yet to reduce the deficit. It is goalless so far, with Sudan leading 5-3 from the first leg.

  76. 1353: 

    Good afternoon. The first of today's eight matches starts shortly. Who will join Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tunisia and Mali at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations? Seven finalists were known yesterday. The remaining eight will be known over the next few hours, with Cameroon in real danger of succumbing to the minnows from Cape Verde.

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