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Libya 2-2 Zambia (FT)

Equatorial Guinea 2-1 Senegal (FT)

By Piers Edwards

2217: Paul's text surely encapsulates why we love football. Picture the scene - a Newcastle United fan going loopy in his living room as a previously-unheard of Equatoguinean belts the ball into the back of the net. "Never thought I would celebrate an Equatorial Guinea goal so much but there were mega celebrations from me." And all across this tiny African nation as well. Just 750,000 of them - but they are into the last eight and Senegal are out. It's hard to believe that tomorrow's matches can even come close to what we've just seen but let's hope so. It seems wholly mundane but Sudan take on Angola before Ivory Coast face Burkina Faso in Group B. Good night - and join us again tomorrow.

2213: "I think I've had a heart attack! What a game, what a team, what a result!" Tom from Cheltenham - couldn't agree more Tom. That was far-fetched, to put it mildly.

2211: You just couldn't make it up. The lowest-ranked team to ever stage a Nations Cup, and arguably the lowest-ranked to ever contest the competition, have not only reached the quarter-finals after just two (two!) matches but they have also knocked out one of the tournament favourites. Senegal thought they were back in it but then went for the winner and Kily took advantage in the most spectacular fashion. A goal that will be replayed ad infinitum in Equatorial Guinea. What a strike and what a win. It's going to be some night in Bata and Malabo!

2210: FULL-TIME Equatorial Guinea 2-1 Senegal

2209: The Nations Cup keeps on delivering, but this is bad news. Laurence Doe has been sent off for Eq Guinea. The Liberian-born centre-back has been superb tonight. We are in the 97th minute. AND IT'S OVER!

2207: Well, this is ridiculous!! But absolutely brilliant if you are from Equatorial Guinea. After the insanity that followed Senegal's equaliser, with both sides going close, Kily scores the goal of the tournament so far to win it for the co-hosts - and send Senegal out of the tournament. Gets his body across it and unleashes a piledriver that tears into the back of Coundoul's net from 25 yards out. Would still be travelling if there was no net. What a night in Bata. Simply stupendous.

2207: GOAL! Equatorial Guinea 2-1 Senegal

2205: What drama. Balboa curls in another fine effort from the edge of the box. It looked in but the ball just didn't bend enough. Topsy-turvy stuff in Bata. Moments later, Senegal have another chance to win it but with men over, they waste it again.

2203: Ndiaye almost finds the back of the net to cap a turnaround that wouldn't be deserved. The Senegalese hits a fine strike from the edge of the box that whistles past the post. It's all Senegal now. It's not just Eq Guinea hearts that are broken, but Geordie ones too.

2202: Lifeline - if ever there was one. A free-kick, yet another one, isn't cleared and Niang fires at Danilo from close range. The ball spills to fellow sub Moussa Sow who acrobatically volleys into the net from a few yards out.

2202 GOAL! Equatorial Guinea 1-1 Senegal

2202: The sub Ekedo is booked. As - surprise, surprise - Ekanga comes back on.

2159: Narcisse Ekanga indulges in an outrageous piece of play-acting. Has a look at the referee to see if he's being given the foul. When he isn't, he rolls around a la Rivaldo in the 2002 World Cup.

2159: Corner to Equatorial Guinea. And time is ticking away ever more. Into the 86th minute. It's fair to say that I'm being flooded by texts from Newcastle fans backing Equatorial Guinea. How you want Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse back!!! The beauty of football. "Come on Eq Guinea. The whole of Newcastle is cheering you on!" sums it up.

2157: It's very strung out in Bata and the Senegalese seem to have lost their shape. They have thrown men forward but it's looking like one of those nights where it just won't drop for them. It did in the first half though and they wasted a host of chances.

2155: It's last-ditch again but further defending of the highest class from the hosts to clear a threatening Senegalese attack. The resulting corner finds Moussa Sow at the back post but his close-range header lacks power.

2154: Ten minutes to go...

2152: Senegalese frustration is clear to see as Eq Guinea's Narcisse Ekanga goes down - and the clock ticks down. Meanwhile, Fidjeu is off and Daniel-Bladimir Ekedo is on for the hosts.

2151: Ron Jeremy in Brussels texts +44 77 86 20 20 08 to say "HOWAY EQUATORIAL GUINEA ME BONNY LADS!!" And let's leave it at that!

2150: Niang again. Fine ball played into the 32-year-old through the inside channel but his well-struck effort is straight at Danilo.

2150: Corner to Senegal. Cleared, but it's becoming one-way traffic again. Is the screw turning, or is it set up for Eq Guinea to deliver a killer blow on the counter?

2147: That was close. Mamadou Niang almost makes an instant impact, flicking Ndiaye's terrific cross yards wide. Far better quality from Senegal's frontline there as Niang showed some of the class that has made him a top striker in Europe for years. Still, the goal can't come though. To repeat, Senegal still cannot find a way past a defence of a team ranked 151st in the world by Fifa. They'll be on the rise in next month's rankings though, that's for sure, whatever happens in the next 15 minutes.

2144: Danger for the co-hosts. Cisse is in behind, six yards out, but tries to find a man inside. Eq Guinea scramble it away. And then Sow threatens at the back post. Corner to Senegal. More desperate defending from Eq Guinea. Amidst the drama, Mamadou Niang comes on - if ever Senegal needed their captain to deliver, it is now. What must Issiar Dia be thinking though as he goes off? Didn't have the same impact this half as he did in the first it must be said.

2143: The National Lightning's biggest English fan - Tom in Cheltenham - says "I celebrated that goal as if England had won the World Cup! Nail biting last 20 minutes! Tom from Cheltenham".

2142: Into the final quarter of the game and few people saw this coming. Eq Guinea lead 1-0 and confidence is coursing through them right now. Senegal need to settle but they've looked jumpy under pressure so far.

2138: Traore insantly reacts. Moussa Sow is on, Mohamed Diame off. How they need the French league champion's goals right now.

2136: As the BBC's Matthew Kenyon tweets from inside the stadium - 'unbelievable' - there really is no other word right now. The 125/1 outsiders are on the verge of the quarter-finals, and the third favourites are heading out. Gripping stuff.

2134: OMG. Kily bends in the cross of the game so far, a delicious teasing effort that sails into the six-yard box and Randy, who will miss the final game through suspension, cannot miss from three yards out. Laser-guided onto his head, with Coundoul taken out of the game, and Senegal's defence have simply buckled under recent pressure from the co-hosts. It's a question of mentality now for the Senegalese who need a goal in the next 26 minutes if they are not to go out of the tournament at the very earliest stage. Do they have the fight? Or are we in for one of the Nations Cup's all-time upsets?

2134: GOAL! Equatorial Guinea 1-0 Senegal

2132: We've seen more of Eq Guinea up front in these first 15 minutes of the second half than we did through the opening period. Another chance comes in as a free-kick is headed over but the National Lightning have put their foot on the gas lately and Senegal coach Amara Traore looks a very worried man. His team are simply not performing.

2130: Amara Traore has seen enough from Demba Ba, who wasted one of Senegal's best opportunities midway through the first half. On comes Deme Ndiaye for the Newcastle man, whose form is rapidly going off the boil. Is he saving it for the Premier League? Or is it the pitches?

2129: Best moment of the match for the hosts. Excellent one-two from the two Eq Guinea hosts almost frees Fidjeu directly in front of goal but Diame slides in to hack away with a last-ditch clearance.

2128: Eq Guinea get behind the Senegal defence for the first time but Balboa - the goal hero against Libya - cannot keep his chipped cross to the back post in play. It had opened up there and a better delivery would have left Senegal with a mountain to climb.

2126: Corner to Eq Guinea. David 'Kily' Alvarez takes but Ndoye clears. Kily then tries to muscle his way through - nutmegging Ndoye - but he's barged out of it. Nice skill from Kily but lacking the power to follow it up.

2123: Free header again and not for the first time at this Nations Cup, the words 'Senegal miss great chance' are written. This time, it's FC Copenhagen hotshot Dame Ndoye who has no one around him in the box as he latches onto a deep corner. But what should have been a routine header at goal is horribly wayward as the Teranga Lion cannot even direct his effort anywhere near the goal. How many chances does this side need?

2121: Much brighter football from Eq Guinea. Moments after Fidjeu forced Coundoul into action for the first time, he tries to spring the Senegalese offside trap again - but the pass from midfield is delayed, meaning that Fidjeu's bending run comes to nothing as he flagged offside.

2119: What a start. Just after Fidjeu strikes a 30-yarder straight at Coundoul, instantly forcing the keeper to make a rare save, Papiss Demba Cisse finds space at the other end but his angled strike 10 yards out is straight at Danilo. Bright start to what is set to be an intriguing 45 minutes. Senegal NEED to win if they are to keep their Nations Cup destiny in their own hands.

2117: Just the one change it seems. Ivan Bolado, who was hardly seen in that first half, is replaced by Narcisse Ekanga, a former Cameroon youth player but who chose to switch nationality to Eq Guinea a year or so before these finals. He never played for Cameroon's youth in an official match I understand, which is why Fifa never had to process papers enabling him to switch allegiances.

2115: The players are coming out of the tunnel for the second half. Senegal out first, followed by the co-hosts. Finally, the referee makes his way out as well. A number of players (perhaps all of them in fact) are wearing new jerseys - no surprise given the damp conditions inside the Bata stadium.

2059: The half-time whistle blows and Equatorial Guinea have hung on. They and their coach will be delighted to be level at the break after weathering Senegal's attacks - with Issiar Dia the best player on the pitch by some distance. He's created chance after chance, yet none of his colleagues have managed to make any use of them. It's been largely one-way traffic but at 0-0, it's anyone's game. What does Amara Traore say to his team - just keep going and it will come - or do they need to make any changes? And what can Gilson Paulo do to ensure his team make more impression on Bouna Coundoul's goal? The Senegalese goalkeeper has not been tested so far.

2059: Eq Guinea's Thierry Fidjeu turns the Senegal defence and wriggles to the byline. His short clipped cross is headed behind for a corner, which Juvenal swings all the way into the arms of Senegal stopper Bouna Coundoul. Into added time. Just the one minute, which is fairly impressive given the poor state of the waterlogged pitch.

2057: Great Eq Guinea defending again as Konate smothers the danger. A short free-kick from Senegal tees up Demba Ba, whose side-footed shot doesn't travel far before rebounding to safety. Eq Guinea's defence has been committed tonight and stuck to their task in impressive fashion.

2056: Four minutes to go to the break and despite the host of chances for Senegal, there's nothing in this. Bouna Coundoul has not had a save to make. Eq Guinea goalkeeper Danilo has been booked and he looks very frustrated. He's also given Senegal a free-kick after picking up a back-pass. Good refereeing, but was the yellow necessary? Not so sure. Free-kick a couple of yards inside the penalty box - and this is real danger for the co-hosts.

2054: Asec's back in the touch (if that's your real name!). "Yep! A big fan of ASEC Mimosas. Ivory Coast will win the cup." For those that don't know, Asec are Ivory Coast's biggest club and have the famous academy from which Zokora, Eboue, Yaya and Kolo Toure etc. graduated.

2052: Another Senegal chance goes begging. A diagonal cross is hung up deep into the Eq Guinea box which Ndoye charges on to with ample space, only to power his header way over. A real waste as he should have tested Danilo.

2050: It's quietened down a little and Eq Guinea seem to have absorbed most of Senegal's sting so far. A sporting moment just a moment or two ago, as Issiar Dia and Eq Guinea coach Gilson Paulo share a smile and a laugh despite the tension out there tonight. Good to see.

2048: I'm slow to wake up to this but Randy will miss Equatorial Guinea's final Group A game against Zambia. His booking earlier tonight (see 2025) was his second of the tournament, after he was the only National Lightning player to be booked against Libya.

2046: Demba Ba has a free header from a Senegal corner but despite rising well, he can't keep his effort on target - flailing it some six yards wide. The Senegalese are missing chances and one wonders if this is going to come back to bite them.

2044: After Dia causes more havoc in the box, Laurence Doe heads clear only for the ball to fall to Ndaw some 30 yards out and he hits a low piledriver that hurtles towards Danilo in the Eq Guinea goal. Either side of the keeper and it might have gone in but Danilo blocks and the ball is scrambled clear. Great hit.

2043: Thierry Fidjeu springs the offside trap and is clear through on goal. But, and it's a big but, the linesman calls it wrong and calls him offside. Unlucky.

2041: Another Senegal corner as Ndaw's free-kick is headed behind. Ndaw takes the set-piece again, into the danger zone, but it's hacked clear by the co-hosts.

2039: I'm guessing this comes from a Geordie. "I'd love Equatorial Guinea to win, so that Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can come back and terrorise the Premiership - NUFC". I suspect Alan Pardew would agree with you.

2038: Midway through the first half and we've yet to see the best of Eq Guinea tonight. They are struggling to get the ball to stick up front and are being forced back by Senegal so far.

2036: Best chance of the game. Ndoye flicks on to Dia who delivers another superb ball from the right, this time on the floor as he cuts back to Demba Ba, but Ba snatches at the effort when he has plenty of time - dragging his shot wide of goal from 15 yards out. He had all the time in the world there, and could have taken more than one touch and still had room to fashion a shot.

2035: Dame Ndoye picks out Cisse with another superb pass but on this occasion the new Newcastle signing can't control. Shame for Senegal fans as he was in behind the defence just 18 yards out had he managed to take that pass well.

2034: Ok, my mistake. The surface water is beginning to make its impact felt, as a couple of passes get stuck in the mud (so to speak). Any sliding challenge produces a dramatic spray alongside the players.

2032: Dia against causes all manner of problems down the right flank. Another superb delivery lands on the head of Demba Ba on the edge of the six-yard box, but his header is smothered at close range by Eq Guinea's defence. Moments later, Ba's 25-yard strike is harmlessly deflected into the grateful arms of Danilo.

2032: Tom from Cheltenham in the UK has come to love the co-hosts of these Africa Cup of Nations. "I would love Equatorial Guinea to win this, partly because they're my favourite team, but also because it would really spice up Group A." It certainly would Tom and I love the fact that you've already come to love the tournament outsiders.

2030: Brilliant from Papiss Demba Cisse. Takes a difficult ball on his chest from Ndoye and quickly tries to lift a deft volley over the keeper from eight yards out. Superb forward play and an equally smart save from Danilo. Best chance so far. Corner to Senegal, which Guriane Ndaw can't guide on target.

2028: Eq Guinea's first corner of the game also fails to end with a shot on target. Senegal counter quickly but Dia is tackled on the edge of the box only for the co-hosts to try to break free. Open game, which the Senegalese are shading.

2027: Issiar Dia, switched to the middle now, bursts through the centre of defence until Laurence Doe charges out to dispossess him. Dia wants a penalty, as does Amara Traore, but even though the ball goes behind for what looks a corner at the very least, the referee awards a goal kick to the hosts. Odd decision.

2026: Dame Ndoye picks up the ball in a similar position to where he scored his goal against Zambia but this time it's deflected behind for the first corner of the game. Set-piece doesn't beat the first man.

2025: Randy goes into the book for a loose challenge on Ludovic Sane, another dual nationality player who's been picked up by the Senegalese.

2024: Brazilian coach Gilson Paulo barks instructions from the bench. Only his second game with his new charges but he's boasting a 100% record and no goals conceded. Time to quit perhaps!

2022: Nearly ten minutes gone and no sight yet of the ball sticking in the surface water, as happened a few hours ago. It was farcical at times during the first game. In this one, Mohamed Diame drives forward powerfully before cutting back a cross from the byline but the ref adjudges the ball to have gone out. Not so sure but a slightly heavy touch from the Wigan man. Eq Guinea yet to threaten Bouna Coundoul in the Senegal goal, who has yet to have a touch I think.

2020: Another flying run from Dia down the right flank and his decent cross is headed clear before landing on the head of Papiss Demba Cisse. But that spells trouble for the Eq Guinea defence with Dia bursting past the challenges as if they weren't there.

2018: Well, as you either watch this game on television or follow here online, bear in mind this reaction from Zambia coach Herve Renard to the decision to play games today in Bata. "I'm very disappointed that the referee allowed the game to start, because it's unbelievable to play on a pitch like this."

2016: A lively start with Senegal immediately on the attack through Issiar Dia, a graduate of France's famous Clairefontaine academy before making the switch to West Africa, whose deep cross is headed away, allowing Equatorial Guinea to charge up the other end but with no end product.

2015: The distinct yellow Nations Cup ball is in the centre circle and Senegal have kicked off this crucial Group A game. What are we in store for tonight? Don't forget to text in on +44 77 86 20 20 08. Asec in the US (are you a Mimosas fan per chance?) has done so, tipping a 3-1 win to Senegal.

2013: The teams have changed ends. Big hugs from some of the Equatorial Guinea players as they gee themselves up. Meanwhile, Sudanese referee Khaled Abdulrahman looks on passively. He's got a big job on tonight and will need to officiate with good common sense on a tricky pitch.

2011: The anthems are over, the stadium is full and Senegal's all-white strip is going to be very dirty within a few minutes of kick-off. That's because tonight's game was delayed by 75 minutes owing to a torrential downpour earlier in the day, one which prompted today's first game to be delayed. At times, the pitch was unplayable earlier on - so we will soon see whether it's improved.

2005: Equatorial Guinea fans are in dreamland meanwhile. Chaotic preparations before the tournament - with French coach Henri Michel quitting last month, meaning Gilson Paulo only came in earlier this month - could not stop the team from beating Libya. Tonight is only their second match at the Nations Cup but they could qualify for the quarters with a win. They are dressed head-to-toe in red tonight and most of the players are clasping their hand to their heart as the national anthem is passionately sung by all Equatoguineans inside the Bata arena. "With hard work and faith in our chances we can go far," said stand-in captain Juvenal Edjogo ahead of tonight's game.

1957: Well, having lived in Senegal for 18 months between 2007-2008, I know how much tonight's game is going to mean to the fans there. Every year, there are huge expectations but, time and again, the national team has failed to deliver at Africa's premier tournament. Senegal have never won the Nations Cup, even if they were a whisker away when losing the 2002 finals on penalties. That was the year the Teranga Lions reached the last eight at the World Cup but it's been downhill ever since - culminating in the nadir of 2008, when the West Africans failed to make the final round of qualifying for the 2010 Nations Cup and World Cup. A new federation came in, a whole host of dual nationality players were picked up (e.g. Moussa Sow, Issiar Dia) and the team seemingly took off. So Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Zambia came as a massive shock - and fans on the streets of Dakar and St Louis may well turn if Demba Ba and co. fail again tonight. Big pressure.

1952: The Rock's comments have not gone down with Libyan fan, MG in London. "It's very unfair that people are calling Libya a poor side when we were extraordinary in qualification - conceding just one goal and going unbeaten. We beat Zambia in qualifying, remember, and clearly have some very skilful players - Ahmed Saad Osman, Rabie Abubaker, Maghrabi and Djamal - not to mention Samir Aboud in goal, who won African Goalkeeper of 2011". Well, Libya's qualification certainly was extraordinary - coming against the odds and in circumstances that have been well covered - but it was good to see the Mediterranean Knights turn in a hugely-improved display tonight. Were they affected by stage fright on the opening night? Either way, Ahmed Sa'ad took his goals fantastically while Ahmed Zuway looked a far more dangerous prospect than the slightly-lumbernig forward we saw on Saturday.

1947: Inside the Bata stadium, the BBC's Matthew Kenyon says - "Not quite a packed stadium yet but good noise. A small group of white clad fans on the far side are belting out Senegal chants, but the rest of the stadium is firmly for the home team."

1942: 'The Rock' has texted in to +44 7786 20 20 08 to say. "I expected much better from Zambia especially against such a poor side. The appalling pitch conditions haven't helped either." And Fabio in Madagascar, who's been following us online these last few days, has also been in touch again. "Good result for Senegal," he says. "They can win their next two games - and leave it to Eq Guinea and Zambia to sort themselves out." The draw certainly has opened the group up a little but can Senegal profit? Or will Eq Guinea be the ones to take advantage? 151st versus 43rd in the Fifa rankings. Players who turn out for some of the world's smaller clubs up against Premier League and Ligue 1 stars...

1938: Now it's not what anyone was expecting less than a week ago, well certainly not myself anyway I'm happy to admit, but Equatorial Guinea will become the first team to reach the quarter-finals of this competition should they beat the Teranga Lions tonight. That's after today's earlier game, in case you missed it, ended in a hugely-entertaining 2-2 draw between Libya and a Zambian side who are currently top of Group A. Not all Zambians are happy though. "The referee cost us the game!" says Terry in Mansa, Zambia. I think I know what you're referring to Terry - and that was surely the failure in the dying seconds to award Zambia a penalty. I haven't seen a replay yet but I would have to agree that it looked like a pen.

1934: As for Senegal, some major changes from coach Amara Traore. Out go Remi Gomis and, more sensationally, both Moussa Sow and national captain Mamadou Niang. Niang's demotion had been tipped but still comes as a surprise. Kader Mangane captains in his place but he played in the opening 2-1 defeat by Zambia. Instead, the men to come in are Papiss Demba Cisse, Dame Ndoye - the Denmark-based player who scored Senegal's consolation on Sunday - and Issiar Dia, the lively winger who impressed as a second-half sub against the Chipolopolo. There's certainly pace up front in the shape of Ba, Cisse and Ndoye, and now there's trickery on the flanks as well with Dia in the side.

1930: Well, the reaction to the Equatorial Guinea line-up won't take long as the National Lightning (great nickname, especially on a day like today) are unchanged from their opening 1-0 win over Libya. Players to look out for include strike duo Javier Balboa, who grabbed the now-famous winner against the Libyans, and Ivan Bolado, who also had the ball in the net on Saturday only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.

1928: Line-up for Senegal. 1-Bouna Coundoul; 3-Lamine Sane, 5-Souleymane Diawara, 6-Kader Mangane, 22-Cheikh Mbengue; 18-Guirane Ndaw, 10-Issiar Dia, 21-Mohamed Diame; 11-Dame Ndoye, 15-Papiss Demba Cisse, 19-Demba Ba.

1925: So the team news since we have it nice and early. Let's start with co-hosts Equatorial Guinea. 1-Danilo; 3-David Alvarez, 4-Rui Fernando, 5-Fousseny Kamisoko, 15-Laurence Doe; 14-Ben Konate, 6-Juvenal Edjogo, 8-Iban Iyanga, 12-Thierry Fidjeu; 10-Ivan Bolado, 11-Javier Balboa.

1921: Good evening. Well, what an encounter we have in store tonight. Co-hosts on a high and with 35,000 fans to roar them on, pre-tournament outsiders looking to recover from a shock opening loss and a pitch that simply shouldn't be hosting a football match to level things up. And to make matters more interesting, Senegal coach Amara Traore has chosen to drop his national captain - Mamadou Niang - for the match. The stage would appear to be set.

By Stephen Fottrell

1916: So we have the first draw of the tournament to make Group A even more interesting, and Senegal and Equatorial Guinea will have a job on their hands coping as well on that pitch as their predecessors did. Those massive puddles might well have shrunk slightly though by the second game of the day, which will be brought to you by Piers Edwards.

1912: Both sides deserve credit for making a game of it in horrible conditions. Libya were much improved from their opening day defeat by co-hosts Equatorial Guinea and Zambia did very well to try to play their passing game on a soaked pitch, but also adapted well. Ahmed Saad Osman grabbed one early in each half for the Mediterranean Knights, while Emmanuel Mayuka scored, then brilliantly set the second up for Christopher Katongo to draw Zambia level once more. A highly entertaining game, given the difficulty posed by the surface.

1907: FULL TIME! Libya 2-2 Zambia

1905: Three minutes of injury time, and Libya looking for the winner, with Zuway lashing in a shot at pace, but Mweene beating it away well.

1903: Libyan keeper Samir Abod takes the wind out of the game's sails a bit though after prompting a break in play, after picking up a knock.

1901: Fatigue setting in now, understandably. Still, both sides are looking for that winner though.

1859: Both Katongo brothers looking threatening now and linking up well, with Christopher unlucky to see his ball go over the dead ball line, after a good break down the right channel. Nigh on impossible to judge the pace of the ball on this surface.

1856: Neither side settling for a draw here by any stretch, as both teams attempt to build from the back, with Zambia trusting their skills enough to keep it on the wet ground, while Libya are opting for a more aerial approach at this stage.

1853: Felix Katongo was very unlucky not to get on the end of that with his first touch. His brother Christopher Katongo has a chance immediately afterwards, but blasts it over.

1850: Felix Katongo, who played for Libyan side Al Ittihad for a period, comes on for Zambia and very nearly scores as he finds himself right in the thick of it, with the ball coming in from Mayuka, just behind him.

1847: Mohamed Esnani floats in a threatening dead ball from the left which sails over Mweene's bar, as Libya make a straight swap at the back, with Abdulaziz Berrish coming on for Rabea Aboubaker.

1845: And Saad Osman tries once again to oblige, as he creates space well for himself on the left but shoots straight at Mweene with his left peg. He is threatening, though.

1843: Are we heading for our first draw of the tournament? I fancy we might well see another here, just a hunch.

1841: Saad Osman lurking on a hat-trick and looking for a third with Ahmed Zuway heading down for the striker, but Zambia clear well this time.

1838: Amidst the excitement there was another substitution for Zambia, with Davies Nkausu coming on for Chisamba Lungu, and Nkausu tries to get play going down the right hand side, but the Libyans clear their lines.

1835: Zambia playing the ball around nicely on the ground now, confidently trusting their ability to overcome these conditions.

1832: So after facing the terrifying prospect of no football earlier, we now have ourselves a proper game on our hands.

1830: It's a great equaliser from Zambia who are back on level pegging once again, with scorer turning provider as Mayuka helps the ball on with a wonderful overhead kick for Christopher Katongo to head in from close range.

1828:GOAL! Libya 2-2 Zambia.

1826: Libya are coping just fine here and are striding confidently, although almost let Kalaba in, before Abod charges down the Zambian opportunity.

1823: Just as he did in the first half Ahmed Saad Osman grabs an early opportunity to put Libya ahead, as he doubles his tally and the Libyan lead. Substitute Ihab Albusaifi delivering a good ball from the right and Osman collects, then dances around Zambia's defence, before burying it past Kennedy Mweene.

1821: GOAL! Libya 2-1 Zambia.

1820: There are now very large tire tracks on the pitch too, just to add to the muddy feel of the place.

1819: And we are underway again, the Mediterranean Knights kicking us off.

1817: Another one from Alex in Swindon: "Is it me, or do the referees at the tournament seem a tad lenient to some tackles which might be deemed fouls in the EPL?" It's not just you Alex, that has definitely been a talking point so far, but this is Africa, not the Premier League!

1812: Back to your texts. Mukena in Russia says: "Poor pitch. These conditions don't suit our type of play. We like a passing game. Come on Chipolopolo boys!" Fair enough Mukena, but I think your boys are doing their best to adapt, as they showed with that equaliser, I'm sure you would agree. Also to be fair, so too are the Libyans.

1807: And there we are, a half-time whistle the players will be very grateful for, I should think, although they have done their best to play their way around the wet and muddy pitch. Two very good goals, given the conditions, from Ahmed Saad Osman to put the Libyans ahead, before Emmanuel Mayuka's lovely volley to equalise.

1804: HALF TIME! Libya 1-1 Zambia

1802: Zambia trying to find a way through the Libyan defence as we approach half-time in this delayed first game of the day, but the Libyans marshalling them well.

1800: In saying that, it is not exactly Total Football or tiki-taka stuff out there, and it couldn't be on that surface.

1758: Credit to players on both sides that we have been able to concentrate on some football, rather than the conditions.

1756: A little more for you on Zambia's equaliser, it was a great run into the area from the striker to latch onto a swerving, searching ball from Rainford Kalaba and a coolly-taken finish from Mayuka for his second of the tournament, following his strike against Senegal.

1752: A bit of handbags, with skipper Christopher Katongo aggrieved at something. The referee sorts it out and on they go.

1749: Zambia follow up Mayuka's goal by making a change of their own, with Francis Kasonde making way for Collins Mbesuma.

1747: Emmanuel Mayuka responds to his booking by finishing brilliantly with a right foot volley at the far post, across Samir Abod's goal. Great equaliser. Game on!

1745: GOAL! Libya 1-1 Zambia

1743: Zambia's Emmanuel Mayuka is booked, harshly, for presumably, handball as he attempted to collect the ball in the box, but it did appear to hit his shoulder to be fair. Anyway, he's in the book.

1741: Mohamed El Mughrabi, who has just returned from suspension, adds to Libya's injury woes, with a nasty gash on his eye after what looked like an elbow from Isaac Chansa.

1739: Zambia snatch at another chance, with Nathan Sinkala skying from just outside the box.

1737: And Elkhatroushi, who provided the pass for Zambia's goal, is an early casualty, being taken off and replaced by Ihab Albusaifi.

1735: Zambia finally create an opportunity through the puddles, with Rainford Kalaba finding himself in space, but shooting wildly high and wide.

1733: These players will do well not to get injured here, their club managers will be watching through their fingers, you would think.

1730: There is some serious water being kicked up every time a tackle goes in, and the ball is literally stopping dead in some patches, which are pure mud.

1728: Unsurprisingly, it's scrappy, very scrappy. And Zambia are finding it hard to get any sort of passing game going, which of course worked for them so effectively against the Senegalese.

1726: Libya will be delighted to go ahead so early as it will be difficult to chase the game in these conditions, which truly resemble something from days gone by.

1723: And Libya more than adapting to the conditions straight away, with Ahmed Saad Osman picking up a beautifully threaded ball in the box from Walid Elkhatroushi and finishing brilliantly in the corner to Kennedy Mweene's left.

1721: GOAL! Libya 1-0 Zambia.

1720: And, unsurprisingly, some parts of this pitch are complete no-go areas. This soaked surface will have a very big say in this game. The players are just trying to get to grips with it.

1717: And Zambia get us underway on this very wet pitch.

1715: So, an hour and 15 minutes late, we are about to get underway in Bata.

1713: Let's remind you of the teams, after that delay:

Zambia line-up: 16- Kennedy Mweene, 02-Francis Kasonde, 03- Chisamba Lungu, 04- Joseph Musonda, 05- Hichani Himoonde, 08 - Isaac Chansa, 11- Christopher Katongo, 13- Stoppila Sunzu, 17 - Rainford Kalaba, 19- Nathan Sinkala, 20- Emmanueal Mayuka

Libya line-up: 01-Samir Aboud (captain), 02-Rabea Aboubaker, 05-Younes Shibani, 06-Mohamed Esnani, 10-Ahmed Osman, 11-Mohamed El Mughrabi, 4-Ali Salama, 16-Abubaker Suiueinei, 17-Walid El-Khatroushi, 19-Ahmed Zuway, 23-Jamal Mohamed.

1712: That all seemed to change remarkably quickly, after a lot of waiting around, if you follow me. Anyway, the teams are lining up, and on we go! The pitch is still very wet, however, but the ground-staff have done enough for the officals to give the go ahead.

1709: And we are indeed going ahead, as here come the teams! Watch out for those puddles gents.

1708: Things definitely looking a lot more positive now though, with the rain having stopped, fans back in the stadium, coaches and officials milling around on the touchline, and it looks like we could well be back underway soon.

1703: While we try to confirm that new kick-off time for you, more of your texts: Lagat from Kenya says: "I was eager to see the Zambians beat the Libyans but what do we say now of our poor African football pitches. Where are the weather men?" To be fair Lagat, I don't think there's very much the organisers could have done about this torrential rain. As for the weather men - where indeed? Surely their fault!

1654: An update for you, it's good news, we have a revised kick-off time from Caf of 1715 GMT, we understand, awaiting confirmation.

1650: And this from Patrick Phiri, in the UK: "Come rain or sunshine, tsunami or volcano, Zambia to thrash Libya." Clearly a glass half-full man, is Patrick.

1648: And a couple of optimistic messages, to keep the spirits up! "Water on the pitch should not be a big problem because both teams will be playing in similar conditions," says Ekayu Wilson, in Soroti, Uganda. Good point, well made, Ekayu.

1643: Just to let you know, we will keep you updated as often as possible on the situation in Bata, but our updates may be a bit more spaced out, to save you having to hit that refresh button constantly! More of your texts to come, though, of course.

1635: The latest from Matthew Kenyon inside a very quiet Estadio de Bata: "Seven people trying to sweep huge amounts of water off the pitch. It's in a terrible state. Officials made their inspection and are back in their dressing rooms. The teams are there too."

1629: The BBC's Piers Edwards has downed tools to take this one on by the way Jamie, so stand by for more, on what really could prove to be a proverbial treasure trove of a text. One more now: Burkina Faso have just the three Traores - highly rated Alain, who scored the Stallions equaliser against Angola, his younger brother Bertrand, and Abdou Razak, who was born in Ivory Coast and, if you have been reading the BBC Sport website closely you will know, has not yet been registered to play in the finals.

1625: More texts to keep us occupied then. And this one from Jamie, in Guildford, UK is a cracker: "Can someone tell me how many players and managers have the name Traore?" Great question Jamie. Ok we'll try. Mali, for starters have four midfielders in their ranks named Traore - Kalilou, Abdou, Mahamane, Bakaye. Ibrahim Traore plays for Guinea. Armand plays for Senegal..

1618: The great and good of African football observing, as the officials make their way off the pitch. Danny Jordaan, who you may remember from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and now works for Caf, is closely observing proceedings, or lack therof. And head of the Zambian FA and a Chipolopolo legend Kalusha Bwalya there too. Herve Renard also awaiting word. Keeping more of a poker face than Paqueta for now however. It's a big game, after all.

1614: And as the inspection continues, to the texts we go, then, where an anonymous UK texter, is quickly in with this: "Anyone for a game of subbuteo while we wait then?" I'm always up for a game of subbuteo, texter. Making a comeback, I hear.

1612: Libya coach Marcos Paqueta has just waved his arms indicating he does not see this game going ahead. No official word yet, though.

1610: We've just seen pictures of the officials walking out to inspect the pitch and throwing the ball onto the surface, where it simply stopped dead when it hit the soaked surface. Not a good sign.

1608: Our experienced team of Nations Cup watchers in the BBC office say they cannot remember a rain delay at the Nations Cup previously, but there's a first time for everything at this tournament surely.

1603: Matthew Kenyon keeping us posted from inside the stadium, and giving us a glimmer of hope by saying the torrential rain has eased off but is still very heavy.

1600: The teams have headed back to their dressing rooms and looking at that pitch, it really does not look very good for this tie, I'm afraid. There are very large puddles across the pitch at the Estadio de Bata.

1557: And it was all going so smoothly! Well, we'll obviously keep you posted on that, but in the meantime, probably a good opportunity to remind you to send us your texts on: +44 77 86 20 20 08. Predictions, verdicts and general all-round Nations Cup banter more than welcome now!

1554: And it looks like kick-off will be delayed, Matthew Kenyon reports, and the game itself could be under serious threat.

1550: The BBC's Matthew Kenyon inside the Estadio de Bata reports that there is a referee's inspection taking place on the pitch, due to extreme weather conditions: "Torrential rain here, puddles growing across the pitch. Horrendous and no sign of clearing yet," he says.

1547: Libya meanwhile welcome back Mohamed El Mughrabi after the defensive stalwart missed the Equatorial Guinea defeat through suspension.

1545: So Zambia coach Herve Renard with an unnamed side there from the one that triumphed over Senegal on the opening day.

1540: Zambia line-up: 16- Kennedy Mweene, 02-Francis Kasonde, 03- Chisamba Lungu, 04- Joseph Musonda, 05- Hichani Himoonde, 08 - Isaac Chansa, 11- Christopher Katongo, 13- Stoppila Sunzu, 17 - Rainford Kalaba, 19- Nathan Sinkala, 20- Emmanueal Mayuka

1538: Libya line-up: 01-Samir Aboud (captain), 02-Rabea Aboubaker, 05-Younes Shibani, 06-Mohamed Esnani, 10-Ahmed Osman, 11-Mohamed El Mughrabi, 4-Ali Salama, 16-Abubaker Suiueinei, 17-Walid El-Khatroushi, 19-Ahmed Zuway, 23-Jamal Mohamed.

1537: Both sides have a full complement of players for their respective coaches to select from - and the teams are in..

1535: So it's back to Group A we go, in Bata. Co-hosts Equatorial Guinea will be looking to go one better than their morale-boosting opening win over Libya and inflict another blow to Senegal's Teranga Lions, who went down 2-1 to Zambia on Saturday. That's our second game of the day, but first up, it's Libya vs Zambia to kick us off.

1530 GMT: So, off we go again, it's now day five of the Africa Cup of Nations 2012, and we're already into the second round of group matches. Quite an opening round of games they were too, with goals in every game, surprises, upsets, plenty of drama all round and not one draw. What more could you ask for?

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