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Africa Cup of Nations as it happened



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By Alistair Magowan

2230: The good news is that we will be doing more of the same on Monday afternoon as we bring you live text commentary of Egypt v Cameroon and Zambia v Nigeria starting at around 1530 GMT. Don't forget that you can see highlights of all the quarter-finals on this website from Tuesday and the BBC will be showing the semi-finals and final on TV as well. See you very soon.

2226: Tell you what, having seen that offside decision again, you would feel might aggrieved if you are an Ivorian fan. At no point in the play was Kolo Toure offside. Anyway, I don't mean to bleat, it's been a long day and nothing should be taken away from the Algerian coach Rabah Saadane and his players.

2221: From Matty in Glasgow via text: "I'm glad for Bougherra but Rangers could be doing with him back. He's a goal threat and we've no strikers! Algeria will give England a game for sure."

2219: Algeria's Madjid Bougherra: "Game after game we are getting better. Some people have criticised us but this victory is for all of Algeria. Some people now should not speak about us."

2215: ArsenalArseneArshavin on 606 "Ivory Coast think they are soooo good which they clearly aren't. Because you have players from Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal and other top clubs doesn't mean you are guaranteed to win. You must still fight."

2212: Congratulations to Algeria. They looked far better balanced and Blackpool's Hameur Bouazza won't have scored many more important goals in his life. Algeria will now face the winner of Egypt and Cameroon, who play on Monday. Could be tasty!

2209: An amazing game. Kolo Toure won't be thinking that after he stuck in that 'offside' goal but Algeria were the stronger team, I would say. So what of the Ivory Coast as pre-tournament favourites? Where does this leave them now? For all their attacking prowess, in defence they look meagre.

2206: FULL-TIME Ivory Coast 2-3 Algeria (after extra-time)

2205: Into injury time and Ivory Coast have the ball in the net but it is ruled out for offside. TV replays suggest otherwise and the Ivorians will be fuming.

2203: Rich Connelly on Twitter: "Elephants in big trouble. All our predictions heading the way of the pear. Algeria should be more up. Egypt-Algeria semi anyone?"

2200: English~Players~Dont~Dive on 606 "I said the Ivory Coast would choke, now I've been proved correct. They've got mental issues!!"

2158: A remarkable recovery by the keeper Fawzi Chaouchi. It looked like he was going off and the other Algerian players were very worried at one point. Good to see him on his feet.

2156: Another goalmouth scramble in the Algerian penalty area this time. The keeper, Fawzi Chaouchi, who was already hobbling, looks in a bad way after taking a hit in the face. Algeria have already made all their substitutions.

2154: Another two chances for Algeria. Hassan Yebda has the best of them with a near-post header that is just over but they look like they can score from every attack. A remarkable end to the game this. I thought extra-time was usually a cagey affair?

2150: Should be all over. Algeria have not one, but two, golden chances. Abdelkader Ghezzal should stick away a cross from the left but he gets a bad connection. Then moments later, a goalmouth scramble lead to two shooting opportunities but Algeria hesitate at the critical moment. The Elephants look done for.

2148: No rest for the wicked. The second period of extra-time is under way and pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast have 15 minutes to stay in the competition.

2147: He plays on the left on 606 "This is African football at its best. In fact with the FA cup footie we've seen this weekend this is FOOTBALL at its best. Heart wrenching, nail-biting stuff sometimes."

2145: END OF FIRST HALF OF EXTRA-TIME Ivory Coast 2-3 Algeria

2144: A few players in the wars as Algerian keeper Fawzi Chaouchi goes down with a back injury. Coming toward the end of the first period of extra-time.

2140: From anon via text: "Would have won £440 on accumulator only for Bougherra to score in 90th minute. Gutted!"

2139: mitzy_boy_swe on 606 "Atrocious defending from Ivory Coast!"

2135: Didier Drogba is on target with a firm shot but Fawzi Chaouchi is equal to it. Aruna Dindane is on for Didier Zokora as Ivory Coast press for a goal.

2132: Algeria goal: Incredible. Karim Ziani whips in a right-footed cross from the left and Blackpool's (yes, Blackpool's) Hameur Bouazza, on as a substitute, nods it in. Nice goal but where was the marking from Ivory Coast? Bouazza was free in the six-yard box.

2130: GOAL Ivory Coast 2-3 Algeria

2127: Right, we are off again. Thirty minutes of extra-time and then penalties. This is just getting started.

2126: FULL-TIME Ivory Coast 2-2 Algeria (extra-time to be played)

Just to confirm Kader Keita's goal came in the 89th minute. To all intents and purposes it looked all over for Algeria and it was a hell of a finish from Keita - top bin with his left peg as well. The Ivorians went ballistic and maybe that was the problem as Madjid Bougherra's header was in the 91st minute. Shine a light, I feel like I've got twisted blood!

2122: Algeria goal: What was I saying? Forget all that, Algeria go down the other end, a cross comes in from the left and Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra heads in at the back post. What a turnaround!

2120: GOAL Ivory Coast 2-2 Algeria

2019: Ivory Coast goal: What a goal! With the game looking like it was heading to extra-time, Kader Keita strikes a belter into the top corner.

2118: GOAL Ivory Coast 2-1 Algeria

2115: Gervinho should score...but he doesn't! Put through by Kader Keita he is all alone on the right-hand side of the area but he spoons his shot over. Woeful.

2113: Strange but true. The mohawk-haired Salomon Kalou is coming off for Kader Keita although the Chelsea man has been amongst the most threatening players on show. Didier Drogba, on the other hand, has been largely anonymous. Suppose Keita did have an impact against Ghana, mind.

2110: From Ray in London via text: "Forget the game - there's some fantastic hair-dos on show; my personal fave is Kalou's mohican."

2109: Ivory Coast looking a bit sloppy at the back. Is it down to the fact they haven't played for over a week? Yaya Toure cracks a shot just wide of the Algerian goal and we are into the last 10 minutes.

2106: Zippy, George and Bungle on 606 "The way Algeria are playing it looks like Rooney et al will have their hands full in the summer."

2102: Ivory Coast coach Vahid Halilhodzic has had enough and the changes begin. Emerse Fae comes on for Cheik Tiote.

2058: What a chance for Algeria! A mistake in the Ivorian defence leaves Karim Matmour with a one-on-one against the keeper but Boubacar Barry makes a fantastic save to deny the goalscorer. There won't be many better opportunities than that. The Elephants looked ruffled.

2056: End-to-end again, this is like a game of basketball. Didier Drogba has a decent chance as a cross comes in from the left but he stretches...and misses the ball altogether. A hint of irony in the cheers perhaps?

2053: Didier Zokora shows some fine skill in midfield and drives to the edge of the box where he shapes to shoot but it is straight at the Algerian keeper. Good effort, mind. This is bubbling up nicely like one of those warming homemade stews that your mother makes. Maybe.

2048: A chance at either end as Salomon Kalou bends a shot round the post. Just beforehand some good interplay by Algeria leads to Yazid Mansouri blazing over the bar. Some fantastic commando rolls by the Elephants defence trying to block that shot too, they were almost in unison!

2045: blue4ever on 606 "Come on Algeria!!! We need Drogba back at Chelsea for the game v Birmingham"

2042: A little of the tempo has gone out of the game and there are a few errors knocking about. Salomon Kalou looks like he has switched to the left-hand flank ahead of full-back Siaka Tiene. Might be because Nadir Belhadj was nullifying his threat in the first half.

2038: From Pacharo in Malawi via text: "Re: 2028. All Mr Capello needs to do is call one [Malawi coach] Kinnah Phiri to find out how the Flames thumped Algeria!"

2035: Sloppy start from Ivory Coast with Soulemene Bamba giving the ball away after Didier Drogba shot straight from the kick-off. But then Salomon Kalou goes up the other end and wins a corner after a good dribble.

2033: Saying that, as much as Algeria were impressive, you do feel that Ivory Coast have something more to give. Right then me hearties, we are under way for the second half.

2028: Any England fans out there concerned by what they have seen in relation to Algeria's performance? They looked very good from my point of view and I would suspect that Mr Capello might be a taking a note or two.

2025: More fall-out in Luanda from our man after earlier quarter-final Rich Connelly on Twitter: "Odd that some Ghanaians wouldn't speak either. But Agyemang Opoku confirmed tactics were to block right side, which he did well. Kwadwo Asamoah beaming."

2020: naijavidic on 606 "This ivory coast is made up of individual players, no team work."

2018: HALF-TIME Ivory Coast 1-1 Algeria

2016: Two minutes of first-half injury time to be played. That half went very quickly didn't it?

2014: That goal came totally with the run of play. This game is developing into a classic game of possession versus counter-attack. Fabio Capello, among others, will be watching with interest.

2012: Algeria goal: A diagonal ball is hit over the top of the Ivory Coast defence and it drops to Karim Matmour on the edge of the box who controls it well and fires in off the post. Game on.

2010: GOAL Ivory Coast 1-1 Algeria

2008: Is it too early for me to mention the state of the pitch? Joke shop.

2006: dirk-kuyt18 on 606 "I haven't been here for a while so here goes. If Algeria win, I will eat my socks, sauces aside."

2003: Nadir Belhadj hits a fine cross on the run that Boubacar Barry dives spectacularly to save. Lovely football all round you might say.

2000: From Cameron in Edinburgh via text: "Has the hero Sol Bamba started for the Ivory Coast? He is the best centre back/defensive midfielder in the SPL and never looks out of place with the expensive boys."
Yes I can confirm the Hibs man has started for the Elephants. Full teams are further down the page.

1957: A lot of width from the Algerians who are bossing possession. They are building a nice momentum here but Ivory Coast are looking dangerous on the break.

1954: Elephants keeper Boubacar Barry gives his defence a scare when he launches a clearance straight at Abdelkader Ghezzal. Algeria, meanwhile, are steadying themselves after their early shock and go close with a corner. Nadir Belhadj is already having an intriguing contest with Salomon Kalou down the near side.

1950: strike of the cescy verminator on 606 "Can't wait for Egypt vs Ivory Coast! can't see the Algerians getting back in this game."

1946: A huge penalty shout! Didier Drogba is through and is brought down by Rafik Halliche. It looks clear cut but the referee is not interested while Halliche gives it a bit of card waving. Weird one that, I thought Drogba would have been within his rights to moan. For once!

1943: Things have settled a bit since that frantic opening. I'm going to blame that for my bad Madjid Bougherra reference! I'll get my coat....

1940: A great chance for Didier Drogba who picks up a deflected clearance but he cannot turn quick enough to take advantage. A player of his standard should have scored there.

1937: Ivory Coast goal: A fantastic start for the Elephants as a Yaya Toure shot is deflected into the path of Salomon Kalou who calmly slots home. A suspicion of offside but it stands, and the favourites will breath a mighty sigh of relief at scoring so early.

1934: GOAL Ivory Coast 1-0 Algeria

1932: I should also remind you that as well as Ivory Coast's British-base stars, Algeria have Portsmouth's Nadir Belhadj and Hassan Yebda in their starting line-up. They also have Madjid Bougherra of Rangers on show.

1931: The national anthems are done and the second quarter-final in Cabinda is under way.

1928: TEAM NEWS Ivory Coast v Algeria
Ivory Coast are at full strength with the exception of the suspended Emmanuel Eboue. Algeria bring in Anthar Yahia while Rafik Saifi misses out.

1920: Rich Connelly in Luanda on Twitter: Just back from interview area. Several Angolans in tears. Poor captain Kali came past like in trance. None would speak at all. They blew it.

1916: TEAMS Ivory Coast v Algeria
Ivory Coast: Barry, Tiene, Kolo Toure, Bamba, Demel, Zokora, Yaya Toure, Tiote, Kalou, Gervinho, Drogba.
Algeria: Chaouchi, Bougherra, Halliche, Yahia, Belhadj, Matmour, Yebda, Mansouri, Ziani, Meghni, Ghezzal.

1910: Just a quick reminder that Algeria secured their passage to the quarter-finals largely on the back of beating Mali 1-0 in Group A, although the 0-0 draw with Angola to confirm their progress was met with disdain by the Eagles. Ivory Coast will be encouraged that their opponents tonight also lost 3-0 to Malawi and coach Vahid Halilhodzic will be keen to get back into action after their 3-1 win over Ghana nine days ago.

1900: So you would think that certain members of the Ghanaian delegation might have been very pleased with beating Angola 1-0 after the shenanigans of the last week.

Alas we move on and this evening's match between Ivory Coast and Algeria could be a belter. Most people will fancy the Elephants in this game and although Algeria have not been on top form so far in Angola, the fact they beat Egypt in a more-than-feisty World Cup play-off would suggest that when it comes to big games the north Africans have a team spirit to be feared.

1816: Right boys and girls we're off for a break now until 1900 GMT where I will be tapping away again for Ivory Coast v Algeria which kicks off at 1930 GMT. I should also point out that if you did not see the game this evening, the BBC Sport website will be showing highlights of all four quarter-finals right here on Tuesday. Can't say fairer than that can you?

1812: From Sam in the US via text: "Over confidence was Angola's undoing, let them learn that hosting is no guarantee."

1808: So have we just seen the future of Ghanaian football? Angola were undone by a bit of ruthless quality from Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Gyan who opened up the hosts defence like a can of peaches. Manucho, meanwhile, did not show the necessary composure to finish off his numerous chances and that, ladies and gentleman, was the difference.

1804: redandblackT1899 on 606 "The hosts are out. We'll now be treated to football played in near empty stadiums."

1801: From Florian in Tanzania via text: "Manucho has been wasteful a million times, why the hell didn't they play a better striker in Mantoras?"

1758: Top marks to Ghana for some fantastic defending at the end. This team is devoid of many of its established stars but the energy they have showed in beating the hosts was superb. This young team will only get better with age. Can they now go all the way?

1756: FULL-TIME Angola 0-1 Ghana

1755: Ghana pile down the other end and a terrible error by Rui Marques almost lets the Black Stars in. This is too much.

1752: Ooof - the whole stadium holds it breath when Isaac Vorsah clears off the line after Angolan captain Kali just misses a ball over the Ghana defence. Ghana hanging on now.

1750: Job gets as far as the goal-line but his cutback is met by the Ghana defence who are holding firm. Five minutes of stoppage time.

1747: I don't read the script on 606 "This game pales in comparison to the level of technical skill that was being exhibited in other games, most notably the Egypt v Nigeria game in Group C."

Yellow card
1744: Yellow card for Ghana's Agyemang Opoku who is another who has been tireless this evening. Angola are then undone by a foul throw. Ghana then do exactly the same - mad or just sporting?

1741: The home crowd is trying to rouse the Palancas Negras. Ghana, though, look resolute. They are not going to relinquish this lead without a huge effort. Kwadwo Asamoah has been superb tonight.

1738: A flurry of substitutions with Ghana bringing on a defender and Angola an attacker. But immediately Ghana's Kwadwo Asamoah draws a save from Carlos Fernandes. Only four Ghana players in the box for the resulting corner. The last 10 minutes is now set.

1735: Professor Chaos on 606 "Manucho missed another sitter. Three sitters missed tonight by him."

1731: Which is hit over the top again. Moments later Manucho goes agonisingly close with a header. He will be having nightmares tonight if Angola don't score.

1729: This game is getting stretched now as the players tire. Substitute Job looks dangerous down the left and now Manucho has been brought down on the edge the area. Very close to being a penalty but here comes the free-kick....

1724: A very good opportunity for Ghana to double their lead as Haminu Dramani chests down a diagonal ball hit over the top, but he shoots straight at Carlos Fernandes.

1720: Asamoah Gyan has to come off for Ghana. He's replaced by Matthew Amoah. The longer this game goes on the more comfortable it looks for Ghana, Angola need a change of pace.

1716: Stelvio comes off for Angola and is replaced by Job. He's immediately in the action while goalscorer Asamoah Gyan is hobbling.

1714: Anon via text: "Agyemang-Badu has been brilliant this tournament, hopefully he can continue that form by breaking down Angola's midfield. "

1712: Good run down the left by Ghana's Agyemang Opoku who beats two players but his efforts come to a halt in the penalty area.

1704: Under way again at the 11 Novembre Stadium. Can Angola make history or will Ghana deny them?

1701: Whilst we are here can I also draw your attention to the FA Cup live text commentary from my busy colleague Chris Bevan. It's Scunthorpe v Manchester City with the Mancs leading 2-1 at half-time.

1655: From anon via text: "BBC please be fair in your reportage! Your live texts are ridiculous and seems to be biased against Ghana."
Just telling it like I see it! Ghana have seemed happy to sit on their lead since scoring and Angola have definitely had more chances. Mr Kingson looks shaky but his save from Manucho was superb.

1652: strike of the cescy verminator on 606 "Kingson had a terrific World cup in Germany but lack of first-team football is getting the better of him!"

1649: Good end to the half by Angola. Ghana will need another goal here if they want to feel a bit more secure. It's proving a tricky task so far with Richard Kingson in goal.

1648: HALF-TIME Angola 0-1 Ghana.

1645: Another great chance for Angola. A lofted ball which drops in the Ghana penalty area allows Flavio to nod it back to Manucho, but the Real Valladolid striker leans back and blazes over. Getting closer.

1642: I_met_Roman on 606 "Kingson is really a poor excuse for a goalkeeper. Is he the best a football nation like Ghana can do?"

1639: Angola's Mabina again looking a threat down the right but the Ghana defence are quick to close him down. A goal here for the hosts would change the whole momentum of the game as we approach half-time. It's finely balanced so far.

Yellow card
1636: Booking for Richard Kingson in the Ghana goal who is penalised for holding on to the ball for too long. But from the free-kick inside the penalty area Manucho sticks it over the top. What a waste.

1634: Kwadwo Asare in New York via text: "Ghana play well when the least is expected of them and I won't be surprised to see them in the final."

1630: That should have been been a goal for Angola! Flavio crosses left-footed from the right and Manucho meets it with a firm header but Richard Kingson saves it and the ball trickles past the post.

1626: That hush lasted for less than a minute I would say. The Angolan brass bands were back up and playing quicker than you can say the goalscorer's name. Meanwhile Richard Kingson in the Ghana goal does his best Superman impression as he punches a free-kick clear. He's not looking rock solid so far.

1622: Tenku in Sweden via text: "See 1612. Gyan playing upfront with number 3 shirt leaves me in no greater awe than Gallas playing with the number 10 shirt in defence at Arsenal."

1619: Ghana goal: A fine through ball allows Asamoah Gyan to break free and he slots calmly home from the right-hand side of the area. That has put an almighty hush on the stadium. Strange that he had that much room early on, mind.

1617: GOAL Angola 0-1 Ghana

1612: Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan goes close with a free-kick after a good break down the right for Angola. They look dangerous down that flank. By the way, can anyone tell me why Asamoah Gyan wears the number three shirt even though he plays up front?

1609: strike of the cescy verminator on 606 "The Angolan defence is not the best but so is our (Ghana) attack! 2-1 to Ghana after extra time"

1606: Needless to say, the Palancas Negras are up for this one. A couple of blocked shots illustrate that both teams are ready to fire in at will, and with this new ball flying all over the shop, you wouldn't blame them.

Yellow card
1601: Right let's get it on, we are under way. And within 30 seconds we have a booking for Ghana's Dede Ayew.

1556: If Angola beat Ghana they will make the semi finals for the first time in their history. A packed 11 Novembre Stadium in Luanda sings the national anthem and the home fans are very much hoping that can be a reality.

1553: TEAMS Angola v Ghana
Angola: Fernandes, Kali, Rui Marques, Zuela, Mabina, Stelvio, Xara, Djalma, Gilberto, Manucho, Flavio
Ghana: Kingson, Addy, Inkoom, Sarpei, Vorsah, Agyemang-Badu, Dede Ayew, Opoku, Asamoah, Dramani, Gyan

1548: There are lots of way you can give us your thoughts on Sunday's games or anything else which takes your fancy. You can text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (the world), get tapping on 606 or say hi to Richard Connelly on Twitter.

1545: Quick team news update from our man in Angola Rich Connelly on Twitter: Flavio DOES start for Ang. Stelvio back from ban. Ghana recall Opoku Agyemang for Amoah. May be 4-4-1-1 for them.

1540: Need something tasty to add to your weekend fix of football after an FA Cup starter? Then you've come to the right place.

Here the Africa Cup of Nations serves up its first two quarter-finals between Angola and Ghana (kick-off 1600 GMT) and then later on Ivory Coast take on England's World Cup opponents Algeria (kick-off 1930 GMT). You suspect that wherever he is, a certain Mr Capello might have his feet up watching that one. You, on the other hand, can follow every kick, scream and goalkeeping howler right here.

see also
Africa Cup of Nations photos
24 Jan 10 |  Football
Angola 0-1 Ghana
24 Jan 10 |  African
Ivory Coast 2-3 Algeria (AET)
24 Jan 10 |  African

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