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GROUP B:

Sudan 2-1 Burkina Faso, Bata (FT)

Ivory Coast 2-0 Angola, Malabo (FT)

By Piers Edwards

2006: The BBC's James Copnall in Khartoum reports that dozens of local fans are already out on the streets in the Sudanese capital - mainly in their cars as they drive up and down the street, honking their horns and waving the national flag in celebration. And I suspect Mustafa might quite like to be there to join them. "The 120th ranked country in the world - Sudan - winning their first African Cup of Nations game in 42 years and qualifying for the quarter-finals?! This must be the biggest thing to happen in world football for four decades surely!? Mustafa (a Sudanese living in Scotland)". Not quite four decades, more like four days after that Equatorial Guinea-Senegal game, but I know where you're coming from Mustafa. Fantastic result from the Sudanese and what a job coach Mohamed 'Mazda' Abdallah has done with his entirely-local squad. He said they had improved - and he was spot on. Well done Sudan - and good night from me.

We'll be back tomorrow for the final Group C games. The only thing to determine there is whether Gabon or Tunisia will top the group as they meet in Franceville. The battle for the wooden spoon takes place in Libreville where Morocco and Niger will try to win their first point(s) of the tournament.

2002: Hisham is a delighted Sudan fan here in London. And I am sure there are millions more across the nation. "Well done Nile Crocodiles. History has been written tonight. A Proud Sudanese from London, Hisham." And Adel, in Manchester, has joined him to text in: "We may be the [second] lowest ranking team. We may be the underdog but we are through. Come on Sudan :-) Adel, Manchester"

1959: So ... Group B winners Ivory Coast will play Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on Saturday 4 February in the quarter-finals. Earlier that day, the first match in the last eight will take place when unbeaten Zambia take on surprise quarter-finalists Sudan in Bata.

1956: Wild celebrations from Sudan's players in the middle of the field in Bata. He goes on to hug his players after their extraordinary feat of turning this group around. The second-weakest team in the finals, don't forget, the Sudanese are through after winning their first match at the tournament since the final itself in 1970.

1955: SUDAN QUALIFY FOR THE QUARTER-FINALS OF THE 2012 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

1955: FULL-TIME! Sudan 2-1 Burkina Faso

1955: What drama but it's still not enough. Issiaka Ouedraogo scores late on.

1954: GOAL! Sudan 2-1 Burkina Faso

1954: IVORY COAST WIN GROUP B

1954: FULL-TIME! Ivory Coast 2-0 Angola

1953: "What a result it will be if Sudan seal that quarter-final berth. All of East Africa is hoping that our sole representative makes it through! Houfanne, Tanzania." Kader Keita earns a late yellow card after firing at goal after the referee blew for offside.

1952: Well, if it can happen in tournament football, it often will. Sudan looked out of it this morning but a win for them against Burkina Faso and an Angolan defeat by Ivory Coast would take the 1970 champions through. We are just two minutes away from that dramatic turnaround. Or Angola need to score twice to stop that - which is looking very unlikely, to state the obvious...

1951: Bata. Yousif Ala Eldin is down after he is hit in the stomach with the ball as Dagano tried to control. Time ticking away.

1950: Four minutes of added time in Malabo. Five minutes' additional time in Bata. Is there any late drama left in this group? Not if the Angolans take corners like that as Mateus overhits his delivery.

1948: Malabo. And why not? The ball sits up for Didier Ya Konan and he lets fly from 30 yards on the volley but his strike is well-off target and a man who knows how to bang in the goals grimaces in disappointment.

1946: Bata. Sudan win a corner after Tahir's long-range shot is deflected. The corner is poorly taken but Ahmed Bashir is presented with a good chance - but his half-volley soars over the crossbar from 25 yards.

1946: Malabo. Benjamin Angoua comes on for Ivory Coast, replacing Igor Lolo. Just over three minutes to play in the Equatoguinean capital...

1944: Nick Cavell inside the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo. "The commentary from the Angolan radio stations in front of me has slowed down - and quietened down - since they got news of the second Sudan goal." Flat, very flat for Angolan fans at the moment. They need a footballing miracle.

1943: Bata. Burkina Faso will look back at this game and their missed chances as yet another goes begging. Ouedraogo, beautifully set up by Dagano, beats the rushing keeper but his shot goes over the bar.

1942: Amaro is on in Malabo for Angola.

1941: Latest Group B standings.

Ivory Coast 9 points
Sudan 4 (4-3)
Angola 4 (4-5)
Burkina Faso 0

Whichever way you look at it, this is not looking good for the Palancas Negras. A third quarter-final in a row had looked likely before kick-off but they are going out - and going out after a disjointed display against Ivory Coast's second XI.

1939: Angola are threatening again in Malabo. Another dangerous ball is headed back into the Ivorian six-yard box but it just can't fall to an Angolan. Meanwhile, Didier Drogba is on for Ivory Coast, while Djalma has been replaced by Jose Vunguidica.

1937: Bata. Burkina Faso make their third substitution as defender Djakaridja Kone comes off for Benjamin Balima. Earlier Bertrand Traore had come on for Narcisse Yameogo, the youngster making history as the third youngest player to ever play at the Nations Cup.

1938: Sudan are heading into the last eight of the Nations Cup, against many expectations and the odds. They are also on course for their first Nations Cup victory since 1970. Tahir grabs his second following some dreadful defending from Burkinabe keeper Diakite who dallies and the Sudanese skips past to slot in his, and his team's, second. Angola need a goal, and for Burkina Faso to score as well.

1936: GOAL! Sudan 2-0 Burkina Faso

1936: Malabo. Why didn't he pull the trigger? Mateus latches onto a long bouncing ball in the penalty area and just when the ball drops invintingly for him to volley, he chooses to wait for the ball to bounce again and Ivory Coast scramble the ball behind for a corner. This time, the corner is dangerous as Manucho flicks towards goal but Yeboah does well to parry from close range.

1933: Malabo. That should have been three. An Ivorian corner is flicked on by Lolo to Bamba who is unmarked and barely eight yards from goal. But the centre-back cannot control his header which goes across the face of the goal and comfortably wide. Great chance though and that could have ruined Angola's chances - although a Burkinabe equaliser will bring them back into it, don't forget. It's all still to play for with a quarter of an hour left.

Over in Bata, Stallions winger Jonathan Pitroipa dribbles past three defenders inside the Sudanese box but his looping cross from the byline finds only Akram - who jumps well to catch the ball and finish off the danger.

1931: Bata. At the other end, Sudan have a chance to extend their lead - and perhaps cement their place in the last eight. Mohamed Tahir lets fly with a long-range shot which Diakite just manages to parry away for a corner, which the Burkinabe clear.

1930: Malabo. Manucho flings himself at a deep free-kick and is just inches away from connecting and scoring the goal that would turn this group around once again. He lets fly again just second later but the ball lacks both power and placement.

1929: Malabo. Another Angolan is in the book as Massunguna - who just messed up for the Ivorians' second goal - is cautioned.

1927: Bata. The Burkinabe continue to press forward as Ibrahim Gnanou heads a corner straight into the hands of Akram. Good chance.

1926: Group B standings after second Ivorian goal.

Ivory Coast 9 points
Sudan 4 (3-3)
Angola 4 (4-5)
Burkina Faso 0

To confirm, Sudan will be edging through on goal difference if there are no further goals. What a result that would be for coach Mazda and his wholly locally-based side...

1926: Bata. Burkina Faso have the ball in the back of the net but Dagano is correctly adjudged to be offside, says my colleague Durosimi Thomas (watching alongside) - the Stallions skipper never celebrating after heading home a free-kick from close range.

1926: Angola coach Lito Vidigal takes instant action, hauling off his captain - Andre Macanga - before bringing on Nando Rafael, who made his debut in the 2-2 draw against Sudan. However, while a moment to remember, his match was one to forget as he went off with a shoulder injury. But he's back on now and this would be the perfect time to make himself a darling of Angola's devoted fans.

1923: That does change things. Kader Keita, who has just come on, curls a terrific searching pass behind the Angolan central defensive unit and Massunguna gets himself in a muddle and heads over Wilson, who has charged out of goal to gather. The ball is probably going in off Massunguna anyway, but Wilfried Bony - like any good striker - gets a toe on it from half a yard to claim the goal. Now the attention turns to Bata - can Sudan hold on?

1923: GOAL! Ivory Coast 2-0 Angola

1922: Bata. Ahmed Khalifa fires across the face of goal with a low shot, nearly giving Sudan a 2-0 lead.

1920: Past the hour mark in both Bata and Malabo, and at present Ivory Coast are being joined by Angola in the quarter-finals. But one goal for either Ivory Coast or Sudan, who lead Burkina Faso 1-0, will change everything.

1918: Bata. Burkina Faso are piling on the pressure as they go in search of an equaliser. A cross is well-placed for Burkina striker Dagano who jumps higher than his marker but his headed effort goes inches wide.

1918: Malabo. Abdel Kader Keita, that seasoned Nations Cup veteran, is on for the Ivorians, with Eboue - the Elephants' goalscorer today - off the pitch following a knock. He's still receiving treatment on the running track alongside the pitch.

1916: Malabo. Djalma stays in the thick of the injury action as Igor Lolo hacks him down, the Ivorian earning a yellow card in the process. Djalma, not for the first time in the last few minutse, is back on his feet. Not too many chances to report on the pitch though, with neither keeper being forced into a save in this half so far.

1915: Bata. Burkina Faso sub Ouedrago almost makes an instant impact as he beats the offside trap but with only the goalkeeper to beat, he shoots wide from the edge of the box.

1913: Malabo. After Seydou Doumbia tries to make an impression down the left, Arthur Boka goes on a mazy run - haven't seen too many of those from him over the years - and bustles his way into the box. For a moment, it looks as though it might open up but eventually the ball is clattered into the stands, deflecting off Boka as it does so for an Angolan throw. Djalma is back on by the way. Meanwhile, in Bata, Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte makes his first change, bringing on Issiaka Ouedraogo for Niguimbe Nakoulma.

1911: Bata. There is an exchange of raids as the plot thickens in midfield - Sudan are better organised but it is the Stallions who are enjoying the better possession.

1910: Malabo. Angolan forward Djalma Campos is down and taken off the pitch to the sidelines for treatment. Doesn't look too serious though.

1906: Patrick in Lusaka almost agrees with Douglas (see 1858), but not quite. "It will be interesting to meet Ivory Coast but I would love to see Angola qualify. Come on Palancas!" Meanwhile, Ghanaian Boumah is predicting the final that most bookmakers have had since before the tournament began. "I think there is something different with this year's Ivorian team. I think they'll end up in the final with the Black Stars." They certainly are different Boumah and that is because they have curbed their attacking instincts and appear to be playing within themselves to some degree. But they have yet to concede and are winning goals, so Zahoui won't be too bothered by that.

1905: Bata. Two successive corners for Sudan but they are not well taken as the Burkinabe clear their defence.

1905: It appears that no coach has made changes in either match. Angola are immediately on the offensive in Malabo, winning an early corner, which Gilberto swings in and all the way through to the grateful arms of an unchallenged Yeboah in the Ivorian goal.

1904: They are back out on the pitch in Malabo, where the Ivorians are huddling together. The Ivorian second XI it must be said with only Kolo Toure and Sol Bamba retaining their place from the previous game after coach Francois Zahoui rang the changes with his team already into the last eight. Angola have kicked the Malabo game off. In Bata, the teams are out as well - and Sudan have just kicked us off.

1858: Chipolopolo fan Douglas is one confident man. "It's a pity our fellow southern Africans are trailing Ivory Coast. I really would have loved Zambia vs Ivory Coast (in the quarters)". You might just be alone there Douglas! And I'm not convinced that Herve Renard, watching from the stands in Malabo, would agree either. With or without his lucky shirt.

1854: Matthew Kenyon's half-time snapshot from the Estadio de Bata. "Not a great game but both sides have created some chances. Burkinabe skipper Dagano was furious with himself for heading wide in stoppage time. The chance is there for Sudan to go on and get more goals and maybe grab a qualification spot from the hands of Angola."

1852: Half-time snapshot from Nick Cavell inside the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo. "The pressure is on Angola and no doubt they will be told so in the dressing room at half-time when they hear the score from Bata. The Palancas Negras have not looked like scoring while the Ivorians are happy to sit and soak the pressure and only push forward occasionally. All four of Angola's goals have come from defensive errors so far, so they need to push harder and see if they can do it again. Despite playing their second-string side, the Ivorians look comfortable - maybe those two friendlies against Sony Ela Nguema have helped them to play as a team."

1848: It's half-time in Bata as well, where Sudan will be starting to believe in the improbable. They lead Burkina Faso 1-0 but need to score again themselves, or hope that Ivory Coast increase their lead over Angola, if the Sudanese - 1970 champions, lest we forget - are to make the last eight.

1846: The half-time whistle blows in Malabo and Ivory Coast are all set to top Group B with three wins from three. They lead Angola 1-0 and have still to concede a goal at these finals. Impressive stuff even if their play has yet to totally excite the neutral. Two minutes of added time in Bata, meanwhile, with Dagano wasting a good chance as he heads wide from the edge of the six-yard box after outjumping the Sudanese defenders.

1844: One minute of added time at the end of the half in Malabo. Over in Bata, Burkina Faso counter-attack as Pitroipa advances at full pace but his shot is too weak and goalkeeper Akram collects easily.

1843: Malabo. The familiar figure of Gilberto delivers a terrific curling left-footed free-kick into the box. It just needed a touch to go in the net but Bamba rises superbly well deep inside his own penalty area to head clear, outjumping Manucho as he does so. Superb ball in from Gilberto and similarly-good defending from the often-criticised Ivorian centre-back.

1841: Yeboah, a Ghanaian based in Finland, has texted +44 7786 20 20 08. "It would be intriguing and mouth-watering should Ivory Coast meet Zambia in the quarters."

1838: Bata. Sudan are fortunate to be leading after a scrappy start in the game. They lack cohesion at present.

1837: Latest Group B standings...

Ivory Coast 9 points
Angola 4 (4-4)
Sudan 4 (3-3)
Burkina Faso 0

The key detail here is that Angola have scored more goals at the tournament than Sudan (four to three). But if Ivory Coast or Sudan extend their lead, then the Sudanese will be going through to the last eight. Interesting, very interesting.

1834: Well, this could be a dream minute for Sudan. They are now level with Angola on four points in the group and share a similar goal difference. BUT they haven't scored as many goals. Either way, it's Mudather Eltaib who opens the scoring as he side-foots past Daouda Diakite in acres of space after being played behind the Burkinabe defence. Good finish and great moment for Sudan, who now have three goals at the finals - having previously failed to score at the tournament since 1976. The goal comes against the run of play after Mudather beat Burkinabe defender Tall to a loose ball.

1834: GOAL! Sudan 1-0 Burkina Faso

1832: Wilfried Bony drives forward with pace, power and purpose again and his ball across the box is badly dealth with by Miguel, who only succeeds in getting the ball stuck between his legs. The ball dribbles towards Emmanuel Eboue, who can't miss from two yards out.

1832: GOAL! Ivory Coast 1-0 Angola

1831: Half an hour gone in both games, and still no goals to change this group in any way. Is this the calm before the storm?

1826: Malabo. The referee, rather belatedly it must be said, blows his whistle to allow treatment for Eboue (Ivory Coast) and Dede (Angola), after the pair clash on the edge of the Angolan area. Both look ok though, after what was little more than a shove from the Angolan in the Ivorian's direction.

1825: Bata. Niguimbe Nakoulma heads straight at goalkeeper Elhadi Akram. The effort is futile as the assistant referee flags for an offside. Sudan are still out of sorts but they do make the occasional run into the Burkinabe half and win their first corner of the game, which is poorly taken.

1824: Malabo. Andre Macanga lets fly from 30 yards for Angola but slices across it and the ball flies high, wide and handsome. Daniel Yeboah in the Ivorian goal has yet to be tested.

1821: Malabo. Kolo Toure sees glory from 30 yards as he drives a low strike at goal after a free-kick is touched into his path. Well-hit but a couple of yards wide, and it didn't look as though it was going to beat Wilson in any case. Ambitious.

"The smile on Kolo Toure's face after that free-kick suggests that he doesn't get the chance to take many of them at Manchester City or for Ivory Coast," suggests Nick Cavell from inside the Malabo arena.

1820: Bata. Narcisse Yameogo's effort to aim for the near post from a narrow angle with a low shot is blocked and hits the side netting. The ensuing corner is poorly taken. Meanwhile, Nagm Eldin has revived and is back on the bench. He was substituted after a collision in the box and had to be stretchered off.

"Proper encouragement from the Burkinabe fans who have now swelled to a 150 or so - drums and trumpets," says the BBC's Matthew Kenyon inside the Estadio de Bata. "So much more tuneful than the vuvuzela! Sudan fans trying to make some noise but there are so few of them it's tough!"

1820: Malabo. Angola captain Andre Macanga is into the book after clipping Emmanuel Eboue's ankle from behind.

1820: Group B standings at present.

Ivory Coast 7 points
Angola 5
Sudan 2
Burkina Faso 1

1816: Another Ivorian corner in Malabo comes to nothing, as Angola enjoy some possession. The Angolans can top Group B today if they beat Ivory Coast. And a reminder that whoever wins Group B will play Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on Saturday 4 January. The runner-up will play Group A winners Zambia that same day in Bata.

1815: Bata. Sudan make their first attempt to threaten the Burkinabe defence but nothing comes out of it as Ahmed Khalifa slips and fails to send in a decent cross, the ball rolling behind for a goalkick instead.

1813: Best chance of the match in Malabo as Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony surges forward before unleashing a low dipping strike from 25 yards that bounces just in front of Angolan keeper Wilson. But the Angolan gets down well to turn behind for a corner. From the set-piece, Sol Bamba is judged to have fouled Wilson, who is replacing the suspended Carlos today.

1812: Bata. Sudan are still unsettled in the game as they give away a free-kick. Charles Kabore blasts the set-piece just inches over the crossbar.

1810: Malabo. Angola threaten with a free-kick some 35 yards from goal. They are in white today, Ivory Coast in their traditional orange, but Djalma's ball in is a waste and Kolo Toure clears.

1808: Bata. Moumouni Dagano misses for Burkina Faso with a header that goes wide of the far post. The Stallions of Burkina Faso are dominating with most of the action inside the Sudanese half. Burkina Faso are playing in their all-white outfit while Sudan are in red.

1806: Bata. Omer Musaab Maaz has come on for Nagm Eldin, who appears to be in a very bad way as he is taken straight down the tunnel.

1805: Bata. Early problems for Sudan coach Mazda potentially with one of his players having gone down in the early stages, and play has been held up for a couple of minutes now. Back underway but only after defender Nagm Eldin is stretchered after colliding with a Burkinabe forward in the Sudanese penalty box. A substitution is going to be made.

1804: Malabo. Ivory Coast winger Max Gradel turns near the byline after collecting a throw-in and drills an impressive effort straight at Angolan stand-in keeper Wilson. But it's a long way out and very easy for Wilson. Fine strike though and good technique.

1800: Bata. Underway in Bata too.

1759: Tunisian referee Slim Jedidi blows to signal the start of the match, and Ivory Coast kick off their final Group B clash against Angola in Malabo. I make it that we've started a minute early, which doesn't often happen at this tournament!

1755: Malabo. Not too many more fans inside the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, says the BBC's Nick Cavell, who can probably hear himself think for the first time after the noise from last night's Equatorial Guinea v Zambia clash died down. "Only about 1000 fans in the stadium - a surprise as there seemed to be a lot of Ivorian fans here for their first two games," he says from inside the ground, where the trumpets are, as ever, the loudest sound to be heard. "The 500 or so Angolan fans have a band with them - and once again it is almost drowning out the vuvuzelas." Music, quite literally, to the vuvuzela-phobic Mr Cavell's ears.

1752: Malabo. The Ivorian national anthem is ringing out and the orange-clad fans in the stand look a happy bunch. And there has been one very interesting report from the Equatoguinean capital today which details how one of the people preparing their meals every day is ... none other than ... Didier Drogba's mum! "This is what I like to do - be helpful to people. I would support my son doing anything - whether he was famous or not. This isn't about my son, it's about supporting my country,'' said Clotilde.

1748: It's hardly football fever in Bata, says the BBC's Matthew Kenyon who is inside a cavernous stadium - with next to no one else, it seems... "Very very empty stadium - even emptier than yesterday (for Libya v Senegal). BUT a hardy band of Burkinabe fans are over on the far side with flags draped and making noise with drums ... I reckon there are about 30 of them. Even fewer Sudan fans - but they are here!" So, journalists could just be outnumbering the fans. In fact, there might be more players on the pitch than Sudan fans inside the ground. A reminder that the Sudanese need to win to have any chance of making it through to the quarters.

1743: Bata. Just the one change for Sudan, as the injured Balla is replaced by Khalifa. Burkina Faso, meanwhile, make three changes - but there is still no place for 16-year-old Bertrand Traore. Will we see him today, because if we do, he'll become the third youngest player to ever contest a Nations Cup match. His elder brother Alain, who's been fantastic at this tournament, misses out through injury. Centre-back Bakary Kone - who has had a disastrous tournament (gifting Angola a goal, scoring an own goal against Ivory Coast and punching an opponent for good measure) - is dropped, while Mahamoudou Kere is also on the bench. In come Ibrahim Gnanou, Djakaridja Kone and Narcisse Yameogo.

1739: Malabo. So just the two changes for Angola in the Equatoguinean capital. Suspended goalkeeper Carlos is replaced by Wilson, while Flavio - who has failed to make any real impact on this tournament so far - cedes his place to Dede. For Ivory Coast though, there have been changes aplenty. Nine in all, I make it. It's easiest to say who stays in and that's central defensive duo Kolo Toure and Sol Bamba. Exciting news is that Seydou Doumbia starts and he will no doubt have a point to prove to coach Francois Zahoui. Highly-rated in Russia, where he was named Player of the Year recently, Doumbia cannot force his way into the Elephants' starting line-up for the big matches. Can he change that today?

1736: The teams who will contest the Bata fixture.

Sudan: 21-Akram, 03-Muawia, 04-Nagm Eldin, 05-Ala Eldin, 08-Hitham (c), 09-Saif Eldin, 10-Mohamed Tahir, 15-Khalifa, 17-Mudather Eltaib, 19-Ahmed Bashir, 23-Nazar

Burkina Faso: Daouda Diakite, 22-Mady Panandetiguiri, 02-Ibrahim Gnanou, 04-Hamadou Tall, 03-Djakaridja Kone, 05-Mohamed Koffi, 11 Jonathan Pitroipa, 12-Prejuce Nakoulma, 15-Narcisse Yameogo, 18-Charles Kabore, 09-Moumouni Dagano (c).

1732: We already have the team news in from both games, and let's start in Malabo where Ivory Coast face Angola.

Ivory Coast: 16-Daniel Yeboah, 03-Arthur Boka, 04-Kolo Toure (c), 22-Sol Bamba, 20-Igor Lolo, 21-Emmanuel Eboue, 15-Max Gradel, 12-Wilfried Bony, 14-Kafoumba Coulibaly, 13-Didier Ya Konan, 07-Seydou Doumbia.

Angola: 01-Wilson, 02-Airosa, 04-Massunguna, 06-Dede, 07-Djalma, 08-Macanga (c), 09-Manucho, 10-Zuela, 11-Gilberto, 15-Miguel, 17-Mateus

1730 GMT: So, it's five down, three to go. Zambia, Equatorial Guinea (Group A), Ivory Coast (Group B), Gabon and Tunisia (both Group C) have already booked their place in the quarter-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. But who will join them today from Group B? It can only be one of two teams - either second-placed Angola, who just need to avoid defeat to Ivory Coast in Malabo today to make it through, or Sudan, who must beat Burkina Faso in Bata if they are to have any chance at all of reaching the last eight.



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