Africa Cup of Nations - quarter-finals as they happened

Live text commentary as Ghana beat Cape Verde and Mali knock out hosts South Africa on penalties

2 February 2013 Last updated at 21:27

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As it happened

  1. 2126: 

    Thanks for joining me on a dramatic day of quarter-final football at the Africa Cup of Nations. We saw Ghana beat Cape Verde 2-0, a harsh scoreline on the islanders, and then hosts South Africa crash out to Mali on penalties.

    That's me done for the tournament, but I hope you'll return tomorrow when my colleague, Jonathan Jurejko, will talk you through the other two quarter-finals - Ivory Coast v Nigeria and Burkina Faso v Togo.

  2. 2126: 

    Former South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar: "Hard luck guys, good team performance."

  3. 2124: 

    Kenn Nayebare on Twitter: "Ladies and gentlemen, tonight the better team lost! "

    'Tunde Lamidi-Sanni on Twitter: "Looks like the South Africans didn't train for penalties. Very poor! Should have been a tighter shoot-out..."

    Abdirahman on Twitter: "The dream for South Africa to repeat 1996 championship is over."

  4. 2121: 

    It is the second Africa Cup of Nations that Mali goalkeeper Soumbeyla Diakite has been the hero in a quarter-final shoot-out against the hosts.

    He isn't even the first choice, Mamadou Samassa was suspended for this game. Surely Diakite will have done enough to keep his place for the semi-final against Ivory Coast or Nigeria.

  5. 2119: 

    South Africa looked brilliant in the first half, like potential tournament winners. But Mali improved after the break and deservedly forced penalties. It is the Eagles who go through to the last four and Bafana Bafana's expectant home fans are left heartbroken.

    MISSED PENALTY- South Africa 1-3 Mali - Lehlohonolo Majoro

    Terrible penalty by Lehlohonolo Majoro goes well wide and Mali are through to the semi-finals to face Ivory Coast or Nigeria.

    PENALTY- South Africa 1-3 Mali - Mahamane Traore

    Mahamane Traore smashes home. South Africa on the brink of going out.

    MISSED PENALTY- South Africa 1-2 Mali - May Mahlangu

    Great save by Soumbeyla Diakite to get down low to his right and keep out May Mahlangu's effort. Mali in control.

    PENALTY- South Africa 1-2 Mali - Adama Tamboura

    Itumeleng Khune guesses the right way but Adama Tamboura's kick finds the corner. Advantage Mali.

    MISSED PENALTY- South Africa 1-1 Mali - Dean Furman

    Dean Furman's kick isn't great and Soumbeyla Diakite dives the right way to deny the Oldham midfielder.

    PENALTY- South Africa 1-1 Mali - Cheick Diabate

    Cheick Diabate sends Itumeleng Khune the wrong way. He dummied the South Africa keeper there. Ice cool.

    PENALTY- South Africa 1-0 Mali - Siphiwe Tshabalala

    Siphiwe Tshabalala is the freshest player on the pitch and he has no problems scoring the opening kick. Soumbeyla Diakite goes the wrong way.

  13. 2110: 

    Twelve months ago Mali beat the hosts, Gabon, on penalties in the quarter-finals. Will history repeat itself?

  14. 2106: 


  15. 2104: 

    Two minutes of stoppage time. No chance of either team scoring here.

  16. 2102: 

    Ba'Ushe ‏on Twitter: "If it goes to penalties, Bafana will win coz they have a solid goalie. Else they are a pretty average team all round."

  17. 2101: 

    Mali striker Modibo Maiga has a chance to take a first-time shot outside the box but he takes a few touches and his effort his blocked. Three minutes to go.

  18. 2100: 

    Nisteljani on Twitter: "Can they give Cape Verde the SF spot from this QF? They deserve it more than either of these two."


  19. 2055: 

    Mali's Mahamane Traore is booked for volleying Thulani Serero in the head.

  20. 2054: 

    You almost wonder what the point of playing extra-time is sometimes. Both teams look exhausted, hard to see a winner coming here. We could just save ourselves half an hour and go to penalties.

  21. 2052: 

    Masilela is told to change his shirt by the referee because of the blood, he's not happy and he's booked for 'having words'. But he does change it and we're back playing again. Eleven minutes left.

  22. 2050: 

    South Africa's Tsepo Masilela is playing with cotton wool coming out of his nose. Glamorous.

  23. 2049: 

    Mali take the final kick-off of the game. Fifteen minutes - any heroes? Or are we going to penalties?

  24. 2048: 

    South Africa's Tsepo Masilela ended that half getting treatment because of blood coming from his nose. Bafana Bafana are the walking wounded here.

  25. 2047: 

    Half-time in extra-time, we're still level.

  26. 2046: 

    South Africa's Bernard Parker goes down with an injury and he's replaces by Siphiwe Tshabalala.

    You've got to feel Tshabalala is going to be a lot fresher than anyone else in the second period of extra-time.

  27. 2043: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in South Africa

    "Reneilwe Letsholonyane looks like he has had enough and is struggling at the end of the first period of extra-time."

  28. 2039: 

    One hundred minutes of vuvuzelas. Don't these guys get tired?

  29. 2036: 

    Two Mali players, Sigamary Diarra and Mahamane Traore are on the floor injured after colliding with each other. Not ideal for the Eagles. I think they'll both be OK though.

  30. 2035: 

    Ambitious by Mali's Mahamane Traore from outside the box, the ball skews off his foot and drops over the crossbar.

  31. 2033: 

    South Africa counter attack and May Mahlangu forces a save from Soumbeyla Diakite. Better by the hosts.

  32. 2033: 

    Nervous moment for South Africa, Itumeleng Khune tries to deal with a free-kick convincingly. It's out for a corner, which Fousseni Diawara fails to turn on target.

  33. 2032: 

    Harrison Eteure on BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "Mali! This is what the Malians need to unite your country. Go for goals!"

  34. 2031: 

    Lehlohonolo Majoro is touched in the box by Molla Wague and throws himself to the ground looking for a penalty. The Bafana Bafana man is booked for diving.

  35. 2029: 
    KICK-OFF- South Africa 1-1 Mali

    South Africa start the first period of extra-time in Durban.

  36. 2026: 

    Jan Louw Malherbe ‏on Twitter: "Gordon Igesund deserves all the credit he gets, make no mistake this is no special Bafana team! Very proud."

  37. 2022: 
    FULL-TIME- South Africa 1-1 Mali

    So to extra-time we go. South Africa were by far the better side in the first half and could have led by more. But they let Mali back into the game and the hosts have looked less than convincing since then.

  38. 2019: 

    Four minutes for someone to be a hero. If it was a Bafana Bafana player the roof would come off in Durban.

  39. 2017: 

    South Africa bring on Thulani Serero for Thuso Phala.

  40. 2016: 

    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "The most one sided draw you'll ever see. Mali have contributed nothing bar the goal. Been all SA. Gutting."

  41. 2016: 

    Mali are making a chance up front - Cheick Diabate comes on for Mamadou Samassa. Two and a half minutes for a winner or else we're going to extra-time.

  42. 2010: 

    Former South Africa midfielder Quinton Fortune on Twitter: "This is a great position for Bafana to be in. It's a test of character and mentality."

  43. 2009: 

    Nisteljani ‏on Twitter: "SA may be having more possession, but they aren't exactly looking dangerous. Mali to score again soon on the break..."

  44. 2008: 

    May Mahlangu takes a fierce low drive from outside the box but it's a good save from Mali keeper Soumbeyla Diakite to hold it.

  45. 2005: 

    Macmillan Joey Mhone ‏on Twitter: "SA players looks tired. The second goal for Mail seems inevitable."

    Not sure about that, think this game is there to be won for either side.

  46. 1958: 

    Twenty minutes to go in Durban and we're all square. Just a reminder, if it stays like this we will have extra-time and, if needs be, penalties.

  47. 1957: 

    Samba Sow is booked for a foul on Bernard Parker, a bit of a stud-raker on the South Africa forward's shin.

  48. 1955: 

    Mali launch a good counter attack but Siboniso Gaxa, almost the villain five minutes ago, puts in a good tackle to save South Africa. Bafana Bafana rocking a bit now.

  49. 1951: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett in South Africa

    "Had to be Keita - an AFCON legend. Test of character now for SA. Very similar QF to 12 months ago when Mali played hosts Gabon."

    Mali won that one on penalties.

  50. 1950: 

    Mahamadou Samassa has a chance to put Mali ahead. Siboniso Gaxa's horrendous back pass finds Samassa, who gets past Siyabonga Sangweni before forcing Itumeleng Khune into a save.

  51. 1946: 
    GOAL- South Africa 1-1 Mali - Seydou Keita (58 mins)

    We said earlier that Seydou Keita is adored by his Mali team-mates, they'll love him even more now. Samba Sow charges forward, he plays the ball to Mahamadou Samassa, who crosses in for the Eagles captain, who is totally unmarked six yards, out to head home.

  52. 1945: 

    Lehlohonolo Majoro has a chance to double South Africa's lead after Reneilwe Letsholonyane's great ball through but Soumbeyla Diakite denies him at this near post.

  53. 1944: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in South Africa

    "Match officials in Durban saying that yellow card against Phala has already been rescinded according to commentator Mark Gleeson."

    Phala was booked at the end of the first half for committing a foul after the opposition player was already caught offside.

  54. 1943: 

    Mali make a change in midfield, with Mahamane Traore coming on for Mohamed Sissoko.

  55. 1938: 

    Caiphus Nkwagatse on Twitter: "Why is Furman playing in League One? He has been immense for Bafana this tournament."

    South Africa midfielder Dean Furman plays for Oldham Athletic.

  56. 1934: 
    KICK-OFF- South Africa 1-0 Mali

    South Africa kick off the second half - 45 minutes away from the last four.

  57. 1932: 
    BBC Sport's Steve Vickers in Durban

    "The Rainbow Nation is really out here tonight. South Africans from all races and backgrounds are here cheering on Bafana Bafana. The power of football!"

  58. 1931: 

    After the opening stalemate with Cape Verde, coach Gordon Igesund accused some of his players of freezing under the pressure.

    "Not too many of my players came to the party in the first half, which was a total waste of time," he said."Some of the players seemed to freeze when the whistle blew and lost their nerve. Perhaps for some of them the occasion was a bit too big."

    No worries of that so far today in Durban.

  59. 1930: 

    South Africa have only won one Africa Cup of Nations match since 2004, the 2-0 win over Angola in their second group game. They failed to win a game in 2006 and 2008 and did not qualify in 2010 and 2012.

  60. 1927: 

    Derrick Mweemba on BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "I am Zambian, am supporting Bafana because I want the cup to remain in southern Africa. Go Bafana!!!!!!"

  61. 1925: 

    South Africa have impressed in that first half - they have looked tournament contenders on this showing so far.

  62. 1924: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in South Africa

    "Is this really the same South Africa who looked so awful against Cape Verde? Bafana dominated first 45. But don't count Mali out!"

  63. 1918: 
    HALF-TIME- South Africa 1-0 Mali

    Bizarre. It was actually a free-kick to South Africa because Diarra was offside. Phala's booking seems to have counted though even though it came when the ball was not in play.

    It's now half-time.

  64. 1918: 

    South Africa's Thuso Phala is booked for checking Sigamary Diarra. Free-kick. Last action of the first half.

  65. 1915: 

    Sigamary Diarra hits a curling effort that has a feel of goal written all over it but South Africa midfielder Dean Furman gets his head on it to clear.

  66. 1914: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in South Africa

    "Majoro - who scored against Angola - on the pitch for SA. Mali are fighting back here a little!"

  67. 1913: 

    I've already made a joke about people doing their best impersonation of a rugby kicker earlier so I won't do it again. Um, Mali's Samba Sow must think he's a Gaelic footballer and kicks it over the bar. Unless he thought the goals were 30 feet high, it's the only explanation.

  68. 1910: 

    South Africa withdraw their goalscorer, Tokelo Rantie, who has picked up an injury. He comes off for Lehlohonolo Majoro and picks up a booking in the process for taking his time. Will his next match action be in the semi-final?

  69. 1904: 

    Mali haven't been great in the opening 34 minutes, their coach Patrice Carteron will be concerned.

  70. 1900: 
    GOAL- South Africa 1-0 Mali (Tokelo Rantie 31 mins)

    South Africa take a deserved lead in Durban. May Mahlangu plays in Thuso Phala, whose ball lands to Tokelo Rantie from close range and the Bafana Bafana forward fires home.

    It might have been a skewed shot by Phala, but he'll probably claim he meant to find his team-mate.

  71. 1859: 

    Almost a stunning goal by Adama Tamboura there, the left-back charges most of the way down the pitch and his cross almost beats Itumeleng Khune but it drops just over the crossbar.

  72. 1856: 

    It's been mostly South Africa in the opening 26 minutes but no goals yet in Durban.

  73. 1855: 

    An early change for Mali as Sigamary Diarra comes on in midfield for Samba Diakite - must have been an injury but I didn't see how it happened.

  74. 1854: 

    South Africa's Bongani Khumalo is shown the first yellow card of the game for hauling down Mamadou Samassa on the halfway line.

  75. 1851: 

    Mali stand-in goalkeeper Soumbeyla Diakite does well to keep Tokelo Rantie's effort out there. The South Africa forward is played in but Diakite stands tall and saves his shot.

  76. 1847: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett in South Africa

    "When I've spoken to Samba Sow and Samba Diakite it's clear the whole squad idolises Seydou Keita. Huge, huge inspiration for Mali."

    Eagles captain Keita now plays his club football in China after a successful spell with Barcelona.

  77. 1846: 

    Adama Tamboura does brilliantly, Tokelo Rantie is slipped in for South Africa but the Eagles full-back gets a tackle in to deny him a chance on goal.

  78. 1843: 

    South Africa's first chance but May Mahlangu heads wide of the Mali goal after a good attack by the hosts.

  79. 1841: 

    Augustine Amuh on BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "This is Bafana's bus stop, the cup is coming to west Africa."

  80. 1837: 

    Powerful effort from Seydou Keita - ball drops to the Mali captain just outside the box and he rifles it off target. That could have taken someone's head off.

  81. 1835: 

    Five minutes gone and no chances yet but it's been a fairly open start in Durban.

  82. 1834: 

    Mwila Chilufya ‏on Twitter: "The decibel levels in this Moses Mabhida!!"

  83. 1832: 

    Nervy play by Mali at the back but nothing came of it.

  84. 1830: 

    Mali start the ball rolling (literally) in Durban. Winner of this takes on Ivory Coast or Nigeria for a place in the final.

  85. 1828: 
    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson in Durban

    "Gone all glassy eyed at the singing of the South African national anthem but it is a good un."

  86. 1827: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in South Africa

    "Anthems being played in Durban - a few fans still coming in but for once we have a full stadium at an Africa Cup of Nations match."

  87. 1826: 

    Mohammed N Kabeera Hassen on BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "Come on Bafana Bafana, the entire country is behind you. Make us proud."

  88. 1825: 

    A bit of breaking news, Cape Verde captain Nando Neves has retired from international football after the 2-0 quarter-final defeat by Ghana.

    The 34-year-old told BBC Sport's Seth Bennett: "I am too old, I am finished and I will not play international football again.

    "I am very proud of my players, the coach, all the staff and all the people back home in Cape Verde."

  89. 1823: 
    BBC Sport's Steve Vickers in Durban

    "It's like everyone here is wearing a yellow South Africa shirt. If it's not yellow then it's a green South Africa shirt. If it's not green then they are draped in a South Africa flag or wearing a dress made out of a South Africa flag! Noise level is deafening."

  90. 1823: 

    Teams come out of the tunnel - less than 10 minutes to kick-off. It's vuvuzela central as Bafana Bafana make their appearance onto the pitch.

  91. 1822: 

    There have been some woeful attendances in this tournament so far but the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is rammed and loud - very loud.

  92. 1818: 
    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson in Durban

    "Big night in Durban for South Africa. Whole nation on tenterhooks - 60,000 in. Beat Mali and in semis? It's buzzing already - literally."

  93. 1817: 

    George Gitere on BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "Come on South Africa! Do it for the rest of Africa. This game looks evenly balanced and could go either way. It would also be good if the hosts made it to the semi-finals."

    Mwewa Musonda on BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "SA, hope you have packed your bags because you are going down."

  94. 1813: 

    Chris in Nairobi, Kenya via text: "Mali look stronger compared to SA, though home advantage might play a part. Last year Mali were in a similar situation [against Gabon] and they prevailed."

  95. 1811: 

    As someone whose match-going experience usually consists of League Two and the League of Ireland, I don't come across fans like this too often. Very colourful scenes in Durban.

    South Africa fans
  96. 1809: 

    Jobea F. Tokpah in Maryland, USA (from Liberia) via text: "Mali is surely going to beat South Africa by 2-1, making the tournament an all-West African affair."

  97. 1807: 

    You have been having your score predictions on the BBC Love African Football page on Facebook.

    Eyes On Azeez Nofear: "Mali 2 South Africa 0"

    Kennedy Kwateng Marfo: "Mali 2 -1 South Africa"

    Maurice Ekpo: "south africa 1: mali 0"

    Kanchebele Sweetness Jonathan: "3:2 to Mali."

    Mayamiko Meya: "SA 2:1 MALI"

    Moses Rendy: "Rsa 0-1 mali"

  98. 1800: 

    The BBC Love African Football page on Facebook points out: "Mali are fielding 10 foreign-based players in their starting 11, while South Africa have just four."

    Have your say on the game over there, they'd love to have you.

  99. 1757: 

    Earlier today, South Africa captain Steven Pienaar, who retired from international football before this tournament, said on Twitter: "Good luck #BafanaBafana"

    I'm sure their chances of beating Mali would have been improved had be been playing for his country today rather than in Everton's 3-3 draw with Aston Villa.

  100. 1757: 

    BBC Sport's Farayi Mungazi on Twitter: "#Mali have progressed in each of their previous four Afcon quarter-finals they've played, including v SouthAfrica in 2002."

  101. 1756: 

    Mali coach Patrice Carteron is hoping to bring some joy to the country, who has been hit by fighting between French troops and Islamic militants.

    "Everyone expects South Africa to reach the semi-finals," he said. "We have nothing to lose and will try to upset the home team.

    "Malians back home have not had much to cheer about apart from the Cup of Nations and we will be playing for them."

  102. 1751: 

    South Africa coach Gordon Igesund is wary of the "big boys" of Mali.

    He said: "Mali are a talented team with very good players. They play differently from the other sides we have met so far.

    "They like to slow things down, they like to knock the ball around. The Malians are all big boys. I watched them draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo and all 11 are tall.

    "We have to use the ball well, keep it on the ground, get behind them."

  103. 1747: 

    South Africa started the tournament with a goalless draw with Cape Verde, before beating Angola 2-0 and drawing 2-2 with Morocco on the final day of Group B.

  104. 1745: 

    Mali have never won the tournament and only reached one final - back in 1972. However they are ranked third in Africa (second out of the teams left in the tournament).

    They needed to come from behind to draw their final Group B game with DR Congo and qualify in second place. That came after a late 1-0 win over Niger and a 1-0 defeat by Ghana.

  105. 1741: 

    South Africa could be considered quite lucky to be at this tournament. Libya were meant to be the hosts, with South Africa hosting the 2017 event. However because of political trouble in the North African country it was decided in September 2011 for the two countries to swap their events.

    The 1996 winners are not the African footballing powerhouse they once were. They are ranked 85th in the world and 22nd in Africa.

  106. 1736: 

    In fact BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Durban has just confirmed Diakite will start.

    He tweeted: "South Africa team news. Gordon Igesund drops Katlego Mphela for Reneilwe Letsholonyane; Siboniso Gaxa in for suspended Anele Ngcongca.

    "Just the one for Mali, suspended keeper Mamadou Samassa replaced by Soumbeyla Diakite."

  107. 1733: 

    Soumbeyla Diakite could start in the Mali goal with Samassa suspended. He saved a penalty in last year's shoot-out victory over co-hosts Gabon at this stage of the tournament.

  108. 1731: 

    You've had your say on Ghana v Cape Verde, now I want to hear what you think about South Africa v Mali - who will win the game in Durban?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook by using the new African Football BBC page.

  109. 1730: 

    This is a rematch of the 2002 quarter-final in Mali, which they won 2-0.

    The Eagles have two players in their squad who played in that match - Seydou Keita and Adama Coulibaly.

    South Africa striker Lehlohonolo Majoro could return from injury, but Mali goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa is suspended.

  110. 1727: 

    The winner of this game is in for a tough semi-final - it will be either Ivory Coast or Nigeria for them on Wednesday.

  111. 1726: 

    It's time to start looking forward to our second quarter-final today, which is South Africa v Mali at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. That one kicks off at 1830.

  112. 1724: 

    S Bah d wonderman in Freetown, Sierra Leone via text: "Good performance by Cape Verde. You have shown the world that you can do it. You lost but Cape Verdeans are proud of you guys."

    Richard Abuya from Nigeria via text: "After watching the Ghana vs Cape Verde match, I'm sure this cup is coming to West Africa."

  113. 1719: 

    BBC Love African Football on Facebook: "The Talk of the Nations team here in Jo'burg, talking about the game we've just seen. Did Cape Verde suffer from not showing enough ambition in the first half? Take part on air at 2100 GMT on BBC World Service radio."

  114. 1717: 

    Ato Amissah Wilson ‏on Twitter: "He who scores the most goals deserves the victory. Black Stars thoroughly deserved the victory."

  115. 1716: 

    Mubarak Wakaso was the hero for Ghana after coming on as a substitute to score twice.

    Mubarak Wakaso
  116. 1714: 

    Cape Verde have won a lot of fans in this tournament but sadly for them, their adventure is over.

    Cape Verde players
  117. 1711: 
    BBC Sport's Steve Vickers in Durban

    "Ninety minutes to kick-off here at the Moses Mabhida Stadium as South Africa take on Mali. Fans are pouring in, and expectations are very high."

    Moses Mabhida Stadium
  118. 1709: 
    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Durban

    "Dusk is settling on the Moses Mabhida stadium down by the Indian Ocean, and the vuvuzela count is rising by the moment. There's a real party atmosphere amongst the Bafana Bafana fans, who believe their team can go much further in this tournament. But Mali's experienced and tough team (the midfield especially) will be a difficult challenge for the home team."

    We will start looking ahead to the second quarter-final, which starts at 1830 GMT, soon.

  119. 1707: 

    It's Burkina Faso or Togo next for Ghana on the much-criticised sandy Nelspruit pitch.

    Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor called it "a disgrace to our continent" after their 1-1 draw with Tunisia but organisers are confident it will be "up to standard".

  120. 1704: 

    You have been having your say on Ghana's win on the BBC Love Africa Football Facebook page.

    Henry Fiifi Darwin Partey said: "Ghana has shown that even with inexperienced players they can lift the cup."

    David Andish said: "Ghana's 2.0 victory over CPV IS A TOTAL FLUKE!!"

    Linda Ariemu Yotamu said: "Congrats to the Black Stars, even though their performance was not good. Nice try Cape Verde. See you next Afcon!"

    Isaac Cobby Amanor said: "Wakasuuuuuuuuuu - he separated the men from the boys."

  121. 1701: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett in South Africa

    "I have a feeling Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may be looking for a new manager again soon... Has he ever considered air traffic controllers?"

    Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes is on leave from his job dealing with airplanes and shadowed former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in the build-up to this tournament.

  122. 1659: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in South Africa

    "Ghana keeper Fatawu Dauda is Man of the Match - and that tells the story of the game I think."

  123. 1657: 

    Deletsu D Selase ‏on Twitter: "We have won alright but I can assure you that Ghanaians are not impressed...not one bit!"

    Tola ‏on Twitter: "2-0 #Ghana! But absolutely undeserving! #CapeVerde can go out with their heads held up high. But again poor officiating."

    Hafiz Braimah ‏on Twitter: "Scoreline so so so not the true reflection of this Afcon game!! I'm Ghanaian but I take my hats off to Cape Verde. true heroes."

  124. 1655: 

    Did you think Ghana deserved to win the game? Can they win the Africa Cup of Nations? Just how well did Cape Verde do in their first ever major tournament?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook by using the new African Football BBC page.

  125. 1655: 

    That scoreline is so, so flattering. Ghana's penalty was dubious at best - a good, old-fashioned shoulder barge and after Cape Verde failed to score with wave after wave of attack, the Black Stars wrapped it up into an empty net after goalkeeper Vozinha had come up for a corner.

  126. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Ghana 2-0 Cape Verde
  127. 1652: 
    GOAL- Ghana 2-0 Cape Verde - Mubarak Wakaso (90 mins)

    Ghana have won this game. Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha comes up for a corner, the Black Stars break and Mubarak Wakaso runs with the ball until he is certain his shot will roll into the net - it does and Cape Verde are going home.

  128. 1652: 

    Another great save by Ghana goalkeeper Gatau Dauda. It looks like Cape Verde have equalised with a free-kick but Dauda keeps it out of the top corner.

  129. 1649: 

    Cape Verde are tiring now, I think their chance has probably gone. Four minutes left of injury time.

  130. 1648: 

    If Ghana do win this, and it looks like they will - the Black Stars haven't looked like potential champions in Port Elizabeth, that's for sure.

  131. 1645: 

    Ghana's Harrison Afful is volleyed in the head by Rambe - it was an accident but looked very dangerous. Luckily for Afful, he is able to carry on.

  132. 1644: 

    For a country with a population smaller than Oxfordshire, this really is a Herculean effort. They deserve an equaliser, can they find it?

  133. 1643: 

    And just as I write that, the Black Stars have a chance to seal it. Cape Verde have had to take risks and send men forward, Mubarak Wakaso blazes his shot over the crossbar on the counter-attack.

  134. 1642: 

    Ghana bring on Derek Boateng for Rabiu Mohammed. They are barely getting as touch of the ball in Port Elizabeth.

  135. 1642: 

    Rare guy ‏on Twitter: "Could that be the save of the tournament?"

  136. 1640: 

    Great one-handed save from Fatau Dauda denies Djaniny's fine effort from outside the box and keeps Ghana ahead. The goalkeeper celebrates like he's won the World Cup.

  137. 1639: 

    Cape Verde make a change up front - Rambe comes on for Julio Tavares. Nine minutes to go.

  138. 1638: 

    A wave of Cape Verde players attack a free-kick but Isaac Vorsah heads it wide for what should be a corner - ref says goal-kick.

    Vorsah's hair looks like a bleached mop, not sure how you can miss that one.

  139. 1636: 

    Solomon Asante on for Christian Atsu. Ghana just need to stop the flow of this game.

  140. 1635: 

    Babanco has another go from distance, this time the ball bounces into Fatau Dauda's hands. It's all Cape Verde in Port Elizabeth. Great effort from the islanders.

  141. 1634: 

    David Andish on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Ghana is being out played here! They can't even breath."

  142. 1633: 

    Fifteen minutes to go, can the Blue Sharks level? They are the dominant team at the moment, their performance merits an equaliser.

  143. 1632: 

    Great free-kick by Babanco flies across the six yard box but no Cape Verde player gets his head onto it.

  144. 1631: 

    Cape Verde winning plenty of free-kicks, can they take advantage of one of them?

  145. 1631: 

    Ruby Pratka ‏on Twitter: "I think Ghana will go into another gear now they're ahead and lock out Cape Verde - end of Cinderella story. But I hope I'm wrong."

  146. 1630: 

    Cape Verde are having chances and Babanco lashes the ball over the bar for the second time today. His kicking would be more in place in today's rugby Six Nations openers.

  147. 1629: 

    Benjamin Amankwah on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "We Ghanaians are already think about the teams we are going to play in the Confederation Cup in Brazil... because we have already won the trophy. Go Black Stars."

  148. 1627: 

    Ghana goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda is getting treatment, he appears to have hurt his hand while punching the ball clear. That's a new one on me.

  149. 1625: 

    Cape Verde make an attacking change, Djaniny coming on for Toni Varela.

  150. 1622: 

    I'm sure the #acon2013sexycrown will not be much consolation for Lucio Antunes if his boys go out here. But that harsh penalty decision could cost them.

  151. 1619: 

    Beatrice Wila on Twitter: "Cape Verde manager wins my #acon2013sexycrown he be working that suit. we can't lose best #opticalnutrition."

    I usually try not to include several contributions from the same people but how could I not include this?

  152. 1617: 

    Platini has one of Cape Verde's best chances but Fatau Dauda tips his shot from the edge of the box around the post.

  153. 1616: 

    Cape Verde have had a few good attacks since Ghana's disputed goal but have made a mess of the shot each time. Will they rue that?

  154. 1615: 

    Emmanuel Etim ‏on Twitter: "For all their discipline, The Cape Verde defender 'Carlitos' just exhibited lack of experience. Pretty Unfortunate"

  155. 1614: 
    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Durban

    "There's a train station at the back of the Moses Mabhida stadium... and you can see and HEAR the fans streaming out of the trains. The air is already buzzing with vuvuzelas."

  156. 1613: 

    Heldon has had chances to score for Cape Verde and he squanders another one, the ball lands to the Cape Verde man inside the box but he lashes wide. Could have been an instant reprieve.

  157. 1611: 
    GOAL- Ghana 1-0 Cape Verde - Mubarak Wakaso (54 mins)

    He may only have been on the pitch for a few minutes but Mubarak Wakaso is Ghana's hero. He smashes the ball down the centre. Unfortunately for Cape Verde keeper Vozinha, he had dived to his left.

  158. 1610: 
    PENALTY- Penalty to Ghana

    Carlitos barges over Asamoah Gyan in the box. It's a shoulder barge, very harsh decision.

  159. 1610: 

    Cape Verde make a change, Platini coming on for Lille's Ryan Mendes.

    Platini is a good player, could he prove the winner?

  160. 1608: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in South Africa

    "Ghana's Rabiu really does have to be careful - hefty challenge in the opening minute after the break and he is on a yellow already."

  161. 1608: 

    Marco Soares has a shot for Cape Verde - is it going in? No, it's a throw-in. Impressively terrible effort by the AC Omonia player.

  162. 1606: 

    Chungu Mufuzi on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Before the match, I thought this will be a walkover but alas..."

  163. 1605: 

    Ghana make a change 40 seconds into the first half, Espanyol winger Mubarak Wasako coming on for Albert Adomah. The Bristol City lad wasn't given much of a chance to impress after the break...

  164. 1603: 

    Ghana kick off the second half - will the next 45 minutes see a winner? Or are we going all the way (to penalties)?

  165. 1600: 

    Gift Mtshali on Twitter: "He is right, Ghana were nowhere to be found in the first half."

  166. 1559: 

    BBC Love African Football on Twitter: "Ruud Gullit on South African TV says that Cape Verde are in the driving seat after the first-half against Ghana."

  167. 1557: 

    BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "The official stats have just come up Ghana 68% v Cape Verde 32% possession - but most telling total shots on target = 0."

  168. 1555: 
    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in Durban:

    "More than two and half hours before kick-off between South Africa and Mali here in Durban but the excitement is palpable. Fans are already drifting in to the stadium, the Malian drums are already in action and we're enjoying Ghana-Cape Verde on the big screen. But for the whole of the host nation, this is where the focus is today!"

  169. 1551: 

    Jerry John on Twitter: "The Black Stars are being very complacent."

  170. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

    Half-time at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Cape Verde will be happy with how the first 45 minutes has gone, they have been far from overawed against their more illustrious opponents.

  171. 1545: 

    Ryan Mendes is back on for Cape Verde. Good news for the Blue Sharks, the Lille player is a real 'baller' as the youngsters say these days.

  172. 1544: 

    Tola ‏on Twitter: "This game hasn't been the most exciting game. Having said that, I think Cape Verde will be the happier of the two sides."

  173. 1542: 

    Cape Verde attacker Ryan Mendes is down injured. He chased down defender Isaac Vorsah, who was performing step-overs as he ran towards his own goal and hurt himself in the process.

  174. 1536: 

    Ten minutes to go until half-time. Cape Verde certainly have not been overawed - I have no idea who is going to win this game.

  175. 1533: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett in South Africa

    "Cape Verde are as organised as any team at #AFCON2013 - credit to coach Luis Antunes. Not bad for an air traffic controller."

  176. 1531: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in South Africa

    "Cape Verde are defending in numbers and then their attackers are holding the ball up nicely as they wait for support."

  177. 1529: 

    Good goalkeeping by Ghana keeper Fatau Dauda. Julio Tavares's low cross from the left is put into a dangerous area but the Black Stars custodian claims the ball just before Marco Soares pounces.

  178. 1527: 

    Rabiu Mohammed goes into the book for catching Carlitos after the Cape Verde player's attempted clearance.

    If you want a Carlitos fact - he is the cousin of Manchester United and Portugal winger Nani, who was born in Cape Verde.

  179. 1524: 

    Ray in Bristol via text: "Looking forward to seeing how Albert Adomah from my team Bristol City does for Ghana, he's certainly been missed in our Champ relegation fight."

  180. 1523: 

    Constant Ganzo Dzata on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "The stars are too high for the blue sharks to reach. go stars go"

  181. 1522: 

    Heldon's first shot was terrible but this one is better - he's getting closer. He runs across the goal from the left-hand side and his effort from outside the box does not miss the target by much. A let-off for Ghana. The Blue Sharks mean business in Port Elizabeth.

  182. 1520: 

    Game just starting to open up a bit now, both teams causing mayhem in the opposition defence.

  183. 1516: 

    Babanco is shown the first yellow card for Cape Verde for hacking down tricky Ghana winger Albert Adomah. He shows one finger (no, not a bad one) to the referee signalling either 'that was my first foul, don't book me' or 'I love British and Irish pop group One Direction'. I'm not sure which one.

  184. 1514: 

    Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has the number three shaved into his head, just in case you miss his shirt number I guess. I thought you should know that.

  185. 1513: 

    Heldon could easily have put Cape Verde ahead there. Marco Soares miscues a shot and Julio Tavares squares the ball to Heldon, the hero in the group stages, but he fires well over the bar.

  186. 1512: 

    Just seen a shot of several Cape Verde fans, who have a blow-up fluorescent blue shark. Great scenes.

  187. 1506: 

    First shot of the game comes from Babanco, a nice team move from Cape Verde sees Babanco hook the ball 1,000 yards over the goal. That may be an exaggeration, but only a slight one.

  188. 1504: 

    No chances to report in opening four minutes - I think both sides might be afraid of making the first mistake. Massive game for everyone involved.

  189. 1500: 

    Cape Verde get us under way in the opening quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

    The biggest game in the Blue Sharks' history, no doubt about it.

  190. 1458: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in South Africa

    "Anthems being played in front of a pretty empty Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth Ghana v Cape Verde."

  191. 1456: 

    Beatrice Wila on Twitter: "Cape Verde changes v Ghana quarter final... Empty stadium what!! Is it the price of tickets etc???"

  192. 1456: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett in South Africa

    "I don't think Cape Verde have another heroic performance in them... Predicting 2-0 to the Black Stars."

  193. 1455: 

    Samazy Oblack Slim G on the BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Cape Verde 4-1 Ghana."

    Um, not too sure about that one.

  194. 1453: 

    It's national anthems time in Port Elizabeth.

  195. 1453: 

    Kenny Blessed on Twitter: "I'm not as good as Lawro with predictions but I'll say a 2-0 scoreline for Ghana. Forza Ghana!!!"

  196. 1452: 

    If you fancy a trip to South Africa to see today's winners in action, there are still tickets available.

    Africa Cup of Nations organisers say 43,000 tickets remain unsold for the semi-finals in Durban and Nelspruit. Durban, which could host South Africa if they beat Mali, has 19,000 available seats for next Wednesday's match.

  197. 1452: 

    BBC Sport's Seth Bennett is at the magnificent looking Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and took this picture. I must point out he took it a while ago so there are some people in the stands now - although it still doesn't look like that many. There have been some disappointing attendances so far.

    Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  198. 1447: 

    So how did these teams reach the quarter-finals?

    Ghana started with a 2-2 draw with DR Congo, then beat Mali 1-0 before hammering Niger 3-0 in their final group game to win Group B.

    Cape Verde drew the tournament opener 0-0 with hosts South Africa, were held 1-1 by Morocco in the second match and then reached the last eight thanks to Heldon's last-minute equaliser in the 2-1 win over Angola.

  199. 1447: 

    After the win over Angola, Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes said: "My team and I dedicate this victory to the wonderful people of Cape Verde.

    "Our objective at this tournament has been achieved. We wanted to reach the quarter-finals."

    Midfielder Guy Ramos told BBC Sport: "Our qualification is crazy. This is the first time we have come to the tournament and we've qualified so this is a dream right now."

    The manager and his whole squad took over the post-match news conference, signing, dancing and waving the Cape Verde flag.

  200. 1445: 

    One thing you may notice about the quarter-final line-up is that there are no North African teams there - the first time that has happened in 21 years.

    My colleague, Stephen Fottrell, has been looking at what has gone wrong for Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Libya.

    If you're going to read his piece, make sure to come straight back here afterwards. Only 15 minutes until kick-off.

  201. 1444: 

    I had all kinds of headaches in the group stages with yellow cards coming into the equation at one stage. However, standard tournament knockout rules are in place. If there is no winner in 90 minutes, we have 30 minutes of extra-time. No victory there and it's penalties.

  202. 1442: 

    Ghana are unchanged, with Wakaso Mubarek failing to win his place back after suspension.

    Cape Verde make two changes - Heldon, who scored the goal to get them in the knockout stages, and Nivaldo come in for Platini and Gege.

  203. 1441: 

    The BBC will be covering the knockout stages on radio, TV, online and mobile - just as we did for the group stages.

    BBC World Service will bring commentary on all the key matches, with regular updates from the tournament being broadcast by BBC World News as well as the BBC's TV programmes for Africa. There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

    Lee James will present the weekly Sports World live from South Africa throughout the tournament. All the latest news and match reports will also be covered on the African Football section of the BBC Sport website.

    BBC Africa's social-media teams will be engaging with reporters, fans and footballers via #BBCAFCON (Twitter page @bbclovefootball), a new LoveAfricanFootball Facebook page as well as the Google+ community page Love African Football.

  204. 1440: 

    We're over halfway through the tournament now but if you need reminding of what the Africa Cup of Nations is all about, here goes. We started off with 16 of the continent's finest international sides, and we are now down to eight.

    Johannesburg, Durban, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg are the host cities in South Africa for the event which is being played 12 months after the previous finals because of a change in the event's timing from even to odd years.

    The teams were split into four groups containing four countries, of which two teams from each pool qualified through to the quarter-finals. The tournament then concludes on 10 February with the final.

    Ivory Coast are the favourites for the fifth tournament in a row (having not won any of the previous four), while holders Zambia went out in the group stages.

  205. 1439: 

    It's time to start pelting me with your opinions like a long Itumeleng Khune kick down field. Which of the four teams today will reach the semi-finals? Will we be watching a tournament winner in action this afternoon?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook by using the new African Football BBC page.

  206. 1438: 

    The 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists' squad includes Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah and talisman captain Asamoah Gyan.

    However, don't expect Gyan to be taking any penalties today. He stepped down from spot-kick duty after costly misses in the last World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.

  207. 1433: 

    But they are coming up against a Goliath of African football. Ghana have won four Africa Cup of Nation crowns, albeit none of them have come since 1982.

    They reached the 1992 and 2010 finals and lost in the semi-finals last year to eventual winners Zambia.

  208. 1433: 

    Their first competitive match was only in 1992 and their coach, Lucio Antunes, is on leave from his job as an air traffic controller.

    But, don't be fooled by their late development - they are becoming a serious footballing nation.

    They have started recruiting foreign-born players who have Cape Verdean ancestry and all of the outfield players in their squad play in Europe.

    The Blue Sharks, who knocked out Cameroon to qualify for the tournament, are ranked 70th in the world and 15th in Africa.

  209. 1431: 

    This is the first ever major tournament for Cape Verde, who are the smallest country ever to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations.

    The group of 10 islands off the west of the African continent only won their independence from Portugal in 1975 and have a population of just over 500,000.

  210. 1430: 

    Cape Verde were one of the surprise teams of the group stages - and Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is wary that his side could be on the end of a major shock.

    "I would have been more comfortable facing the Ivory Coast to be honest," he said. "When you are playing a team with nothing to lose, then it is difficult because there is no pressure on them. That is the fear in me.

    "Cape Verde are a side similar to Mali, which was our toughest group game. They are disciplined and good defensively."

  211. 1430: 

    First we had 16 teams competing for the crown of African champions. We've weeded it down to eight and by 2030 GMT we will have six.

    I will be here for the next seven hours or so talking you through the first two quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. First up at 1500 we have Ghana v Cape Verde and then at 1830 hosts South Africa take on Mali.

    I'll be focussing on the first clash for now and then later on will talk you through the second. I guess it wouldn't make much sense the other way around.

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