LiveAfcon 2015: Day four as it happened

Summary

  1. Mali's Yatabare volleys opener
  2. Oyongo levels for Cameroon with five minutes left
  3. FT: Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea
  4. Yattara gives Guinea shock lead
  5. Gervinho sent off but Doumbia levels for Ivorians
  6. GET INVOLVED: Player of the tournament so far? #bbcafcon2015

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy and Andy Cryer

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Goodnight

That was another good, honest, solid day of football but despite its ferocity, that last bruising encounter could not topple Tunisia v Cape Verde as the dirtiest game of the tournament. A sum of 48 fouls in that one is still top of the pops.

So you've seen every team play...what do you think? I tell you what, why not cast judgement after two rounds of this superb show. The second round of group games starts tomorrow and we will be here from 15:30 GMT again.

Keep your eyes peeled on our African football index because a feature on the best players so far will include some of your tweets. That will be published shortly.

Goodnight. Thanks for being here.

Mali 1-1 Cameroon

Cameroon had just two shots on target in that game but leave with a point and 12 of the 16 teams at Afcon 2015 have opened the tournament by scoring one goal.

These sides are back in action on 24 January. Ivory Coast take on Mali, Cameroon face Guinea.

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A reminder that in a short while, we will publish a piece on the best players seen in the first round of group stage games and some of your tweets and suggestions will form part of it. Send us your views to #bbcafcon2015.

Tipz; Algeria's Brahimi has some magic feet, my best player so far.

Reagan Mitchel: Sibusiso Vilakazi for South Africa.

Mamadi Sirleaf: DRC Yannick Bolasie have been unplayable. His pace and strength have been so much exceptional.

Koech Chepkole: Has to be Aubameyang; he was outstanding and that celebration was superb! serious contender for African player of the year 2015.

FULL-TIME

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This is getting familiar. A fifth 1-1 draw of the tournament in just eight outings. Like those games before, so little between the teams.

Mali deservedly led and will rue not defending Raoul Loe's superb long ball which created the leveller. All square in Group D.

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A reminder, if teams are level on points at the end of the group stages, their head-to-head record will be used to split them.

CLOSE!

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Another massive offside call as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is brought down in a Cameroon attack. He is in the area and clattered by the on rushing goalkeeper but the flag is again rightly raised. Good decisions at both ends.

DISALLOWED GOAL

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Seydou Keita - a man of experience - stands over the dead ball. It is 25 yards out, left of centre...shoots...palmed away...rebound...goal.

Yellow celebrations everywhere but no, the flag is up. It is the right call but my word is that close. Cameroon's goalkeeper can thank his lucky stars.

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These do look like two decent sides capable of moving on in this tournament. We have a minute to go, any hero out there?

Managers are pointing and Mali will make another change, maybe they are happy with a point? Free-kick given to the Eagles though and it is in shooting range.

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This would be the fifth 1-1 draw in eight matches in the tournament. When did this unpredictable tournament become so predictable?

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BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: NOISE. Most of the fans inside this stadium are here supporting Cameroon. Equatorial Guinea's neighbours were invited to come to this tournament, leaving their passports at the border for collection on the way home. Not sure how many have travelled, or who are the ex-pats, but they are LOUD.

GOAL

Mali 1-1 Cameroon - Ambroise Oyongo

Leveller and beautifully taken. Ambroise Oyongo gets his first internatonal goal and never has there been a better time but what a ball by Raoul Loe.

He collects on the centre circle and pings a straight ball over the heart of the defence - think Rory McIlroy punching one into the green - which drops 10 yards from goal onto Oyongo's foot. He is already bursting towards goal from deep and his touch and momentum take him closer to convert from six yards.

Mali 1-0 Cameroon

Mali fans are dancing in the stands, a bit premature maybe but their side deserve this lead. The have created the better chances. Now it is a case of grafting for every yard, covering every blade of grass and they have already shown they are not afraid of hard work.

Mali

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World Ranking: 49

Population: 15.3m

National dish: Malian dishes vary from region to region, but the staples are normally rice, millet, sorghum and fonio (a fine-grained cereal found in Africa). These are served with sauces of fish, meat or vegetables.

Main export: Gold

SUBSTITUTION

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BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Franck Etoundi, who has just come on for Cameroon, is captain Stephane Mbia's brother and scored on his debut in a drawn warm-up game against DR Congo. Plays for FC Zurich.

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Cameroon, what are you all about?

Unbeaten in nine games since the World Cup you need something now. Vincent Aboubakar has some space and it's three v two but he can't find the pass. Off comes Franck Kom, on is Franck Etoundi - brother of Stephane Mbia.

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BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Ha! What was I just saying? We've had at least one lengthy stoppage, Cameroon have at least 20 minutes to turn this around. Mali have reached the semi finals on their last two appearances at the Cup of Nations, losing to runners-up Ivory Coast in 2012 and eventual champions Nigeria a year later.

GOAL

Mali 1-0 Cameroon - Sambou Yatabare

No it will not be Ed. Our 100% record of goals in games continues.

One of the many fouls in this second half prompts a free-kick delivery and Sambou Yatabare drops to the back post. The ball whistles through bodies and finds him...chest...volley...goal.

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Just a second international goal for the Guingamp midfielder.

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BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: The referee using that whistle more and more. These sides like two boxers, dancing around in the early rounds and working the jab, now the hard body punches. We can HEAR these challenges. Surely a game that promised so much isn't going to be the first nil-nil of Afcon2015?

Ouch

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It will come as little surprise in this game so far, but we have another player wiped out on the floor, begging for some mercy. Mali's Adama Tamboura - a defender, not some lightweight forward - meets Raoul Loe in a 50-50 and the coming together is brutal. Tamboura takes his shin pad out and hobbles off for a bit.

Loe now gets a whack from another player. This is not for those of a nervous disposition.

CLOSE!

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There are openings here yet, but we need a goal before this becomes a point gained rather than two dropped for each side.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gets in behind for Cameroon but the angle is against him and he can only hook an effort across the face of goal. It's in keeping with poor finishing in this game. These players need to relax in front of goal.

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A big tackle from Nicolas N'Koulou in the Cameroon area. He had to get that right. Bakary Sako was motoring and they met like a pair of bulls for a 50-50. A split second late and that was a penalty. The impact is big and Sako does a forward roll.

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One man runs over the free-kick...no one moves...no one fooled...then Aurelien Chedjou runs up..dip...swerve..over.

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A direct ball from the back by Cameroon gets flicked on and midfielder Edgar Salli hurdles tackles - one chest high - before being felled 20 yards out. A good area for a free-kick...dangerous...

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Just seven of the 46 players in the squads for these two sides play their club football in Africa - a trend we are seeing a lot in this tournament.

In other news, this one could go close to being the dirtiest game of the tournament so far. We had 48 fouls when Tunisia met Cape Verde. There have been 23 already here.

No pattern in this second half.

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A free-kick from wide gets the big Cameroon build-up and Benjamin Moukandjo's ball in is decent but expertly flicked away by Yacouba Sylla. Good awareness and disciplined marking.

KICK-OFF

Mali 0-0 Cameroon

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No changes and the ball starts the second half like a hot potato..."to me, to you". as the Chuckle Brothers once said. No one wants hold of it so when it is controlled, why not have a pop? Vincent Aboubakar does from range for Cameroon. Not a million miles away.

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Ekine Moseph: Aubemayang, his pace was key for Gabon.

Nderitu Wachira: Senegal's Moussa Sow is brilliant.

Who is your player of the first round so far? Tweet us on #bbcafcon2015.

Watch pre-game Ebola checks

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Watch BBC Sport's Alex South take a look at the Ebola screening system at the Africa Cup of Nations games in Equatorial Guinea here.

All supporters have a temperature check - with those above 38C not allowed in - and must then use a hand-sanitisation gel before entering the stadium.

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BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: "It is not the day, it is not the time, it's over" Cameroon coach Volker Finke last night when asked to reflect on his side's terrible World Cup. For someone who didn't want to talk about it, he told us that Cameroon's preparation for Brazil had actually been really good, and lessons learned from that preparation had been valuable. The way his young side playing here seems to bear that out. Finke also said his squad would "always pay attention to move in one direction" - a pretty clear message for those no longer in the national team who preferred to go their own way.

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Stats which underline an even first half in Malabo. I just wish there was an impact measurement stat so we could see what some of those early Mali challenges came in as. Absolute smashers.

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HALF-TIME

Mali 0-0 Cameroon

Chances and a healthy pace, but not the finesse needed in the final third to ripple the net. Mali may look at Mustapha Yatabare's header at the back post but he could not direct on goal. Cameroon have taken a few physical hits, lost a man to injury but coped and had chances of their own. Goals in this, but if it reaches the last 20 at deadlock they may both stick rather than twist.

CLOSE!

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Rory Delap may have been a sought-after talent in Africa. Long throws are a big thing in this tournament and the latest Mali effort causes a few ricochets and a goalkeeper getting bashed alike a dodgem.

Midfielder Sambou Yatabare - not to be confused with striker Mustapha Yatabare - dangles a leg at the ball in the box but the goalkeeper proves he can handle this fairground and collects.

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BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Just when Mali seemed to be getting on top, Moukandjo's header almost puts Cameroon in front. Rarely seen a game with so many 'almosts' and 'maybes' - both sides launching waves of attacks, both defences equal to them. Crazy tempo, whose legs can last the longest?

CLOSE!

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Mamoutou N'Diaye is on thin ice. He's already been booked and a tangle this time around could realistically have been a second yellow card.

Benjamin Moukandjo leaps to meet a cross at the back stick for Cameroon but heads wide. A decent chance but his marker just about backed into him enough to make it tricky.

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Mali with six shots to their opponents' two so far. Certainly with their direct running they look most likely. Cameroon's full-backs commit to attacks quickly and you get the sense a Mali counter-attack could pay dividends.

CLOSE!

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The space between Cameroon's right centre-back and right full-back is posing issues as Mali have a third attempt on goal from exploiting the area.

Mustapha Yatabare profits this time but he draws a third save from Fabrice Ondoa - who is on Barcelona's books.

Cameroon

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World Ranking: 42

Population: 22m

National dish: Ndole is the dish of Cameroon. The dish consists of a stew of nuts, ndoleh (bitter leaves indigenous to west Africa), and fish or beef.

Main export: Crude petroleum

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I did say Kenny Jackett would be proud to see his Wolves charge Bakary Sako play well, he may now want him to calm it or offers may land on the Molyneux doorstep.

Sako blows away his marker on the break, opens his legs, he's motoring, but his shot from an angle is again parried out. Superb play by the 26-year-old.

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Amo-shi: Moussa Sow, sensational impact player, but got to go for Gabon's Pierre Aubameyang, seems destined to put to rest 2013 ghosts.

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YELLOW CARD

Mali 0-0 Cameroon

A number of the players on show here are sporting haircuts which have detailed lines shaved into the design. I thought that fad ended around 10 years ago?

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Schalke has a lash from range...all wrong. And we have our first booking...Mamoutou N'Diaye of Mali for a silly shirt tug.

CLOSE!

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Vincent Aboubakar is slipped in for Cameroon - their talisman can shoot...brilliantly tackled. From the break down he floats a cross in and a header on goal is smartly tipped over. Better from Cameroon.

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BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Malabo: Just been outside talking to Ivory Coast fans. One man, eyes almost scrunched shut like he was in pain, told us he was unhappy because his team hadn't played to win - they'd played to draw. I'd say they were very lucky to get the point. Hope he has more cheerful days ahead.

So many fans streamed out after the final whistle in the opening game, and yet the stadium is still so full that supporters are standing. How oversold was this fixture? Great atmosphere and thankfully everyone on their best behaviour.

SUBSTITUTION

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Cameroon will have to make a change. Eyong Enoh is hobbling off an Frank Kom comes on. Enoh kicks the turf, he is fuming.

Bold call here. This game will not be our first scoreless one of the tournament. End-to-end with lots of space opening up. Mali the better side so far.

CLOSE!

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Wolves boss Kenny Jackett will be encouraged by the start Sako has made. He whips an in-swinging cross into the box and the goalkeeper is out of his goal...open net at the back stick...headed wide by Mustapha Yatabare. Wonderful chance.

Cameroon have injury issues and are readying someone on the bench.

GREAT SAVE!

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Beautiful stuff from Mali. Seydou Keita starts a move on halfway, finding Bakary Sako and his one-two gives shooting space. The Wolves man opts for power...smash..brilliantly palmed around the post.

Ouch

Drissa Diakite has started like a man game for battle here. Another tackle, he goes to ground again. Why do something standing up when you can slide around?

He may have ended Lyon defender Henri Bedimo's night early. Hobbling with the help of physio.

Mali 0-0 Cameroon

We start frenetically, ball pinging around, Drissa Diakite with a strong and well-timed tackle on Cameroon's Ambroise Oyongo.

Wolves fans - I hope you're supporting Bakary Sako - he gets a good cross in and forces a corner. Bright start, bright yellow shirts. Mali operating a 4-4-2.

Mali 0-0 Cameroon

No Cameroon international can pass without a tilt of the hat to some 1990 moments. Thank you Roger Milla for this jig...

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And thank you Benjamin Massing for a sending off which probably set the high-water mark for football fouls. Your assault on Claudio Caniggia was the pinnacle. The game has been more peaceful since. Without you, the clean game we now have would have no basis for comparison.

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We are off and Cameroon start well, a free-kick won high up the pitch. What can we expect from this unpredictable football nation...

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We have seen a few passionately sung national anthems so far and Cameroon are right up there. Fans going wild in the stands. That was rousing.

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The players emerge from the tunnel here. Mali all in yellow, Cameroon in white tracksuits.

A depressing sight in the crowd as adult supporters use big Vuvuzelas and kids seem to have their own mini versions. The youth of today...

Who else thought the Vuvuzela ceased to exist after it's all too memorable debut at the 2010 World Cup?

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This is the final game of the first round of group matches. So far we have had 17 goals in seven fixtures, one red card, a missed penalty and not a single goalless draw.

But who is your player of the first round so far? Serious business this as your picks will form part of a feature we have planned for later tonight. Tweet us on #bbcafcon2015.

You can include players from this encounter if you wish..

Pre-match testing

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As in all of the matches at Afcon 2015 so far, we will see a moment of silence before kick-off to honour those killed in the Ebola Virus epidemic in west Africa.

this humbling picture of a lady being tested for the infection while entering a stadium today has just appeared in our system. It's tough to comprehend...

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How did we get here?

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Mali reached Afcon 2015 with just nine points in their group. They won three and lost as many, but banked on Ethiopia and Malawi being worse than them as Algeria took top spot.

TEAM NEWS

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Mali: Diakite, Tamboura, Coulibaly, Yatabare, Sylla, Sako, Keita, Yatabare, Diakite, N'Diaye, Wague.

Cameroon: Ebogo, Nkoulou, Loe, Bitolo, Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Salli, Henri, Choupo-Moting, Enoh, Chedjou.

Did you know? Since 2014 World Cup humiliation in the group stages, Cameroon are eight games unbeaten.

Pot luck...

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BBC Sport's John Bennett is curious as to what Vincent Aboubakar and his pals will serve up...

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