Saturday January 21, 2012 Group Stage: Group A Finished Estadio de Bata

Equatorial Guinea 1 - 0 Libya

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  1. African Cup of Nations - Balboa earns Equatorial Guinea victory

    African Cup of Nations - Balboa earns Equatorial Guinea victory

    A late goal from Javier Balboa gave co-hosts Equatorial Guinea a 1-0 win over Libya in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Libya
    • - Join us for Senegal v Zambia later on.
    • 90+5' That's the final whistle. The stadium erupts after Balboa's 87th minute winner for the co-hosts.
    • 90+3' Al Sherif is given a yellow card for a dive in the area.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 89' The co-hosts almost make the game safe as Ekanga's shot smashes against the top of the bar.
    • 88' Mohamed Djamal almost responds instantly for Libya as his fierce shot is pushed behind by Danilo.
    • 86' GOAL! EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1-0 LIBYA. Balboa breaks the offside trap and curls high into the net beyond Aboud!
    • 85' So the substitute has been substituted.
    • 84' Bodipo is replaced by Daniel-Bladimir Ekedo after being stretchered off.
    • 83' Bodipo has asked to be substituted after picking up what looks like an achilles injury. That could be the end of his tournament.
    • 81' Zuway and Ihab get a shot away between them after a good piece of combination play but it's well off target.
    • 79' Aboud goes down after barely being touched. A shocking piece of playacting from the Libya goalkeeper.
    • 77' The first-half was a far livelier affair.
    • 76' Zuway's ball is just too heavy and Danilo gathers after making an initial hash of it.
    • 75' Equatorial Guinea well on top again now.
    • 74' Deportivo La Coruna striker Rodolfo Bodipo replaces Fidjeu.
    • 72' Doe forces a fine save from Aboud after a bullet of a free-kick!
    • 71' Osman is booked for Libya after a foul.
    • 69' Ekanga Amia replaces Bolado for the co-hosts.
    • 68' Bolado surges into the box and crosses for Randy but the ball is cleared.
    • 66' Al-Sherif is on for Libya as they make their second substitution.
    • 65' Libya's next match is against Zambia, while Equatorial Guinea face Senegal.
    • 64' Goalkeeper Danilo wins a cheap free-kick.
    • 63' Libya have been the better team in the second-half so far.
    • 62' Good run from Walid before Equatorial Guinea manage to clear.
    • 61' Still no yellow cards here after an hour.
    • 60' Walid is back into the action when it looked like he would be substituted.
    • 59' It was good handling from Danilo on that Ihab shot.
    • 58' Walid is down injured for Libya and will receive treatment.
    • 57' Ihab almost makes an instant impact with a well-struck effort from distance which Danilo holds onto.
    • 55' Equatorial Guinea have impressed in their fisrt ever AFCON match.
    • 54' Ihab has come on for Libya.
    • 53' The ball deflects off Osman for an Equatorial Guinea throw.
    • 52' There have been a few theatrics on show today but the referee has taken little notice.
    • 51' Mohamed shoots well off target for Libya.
    • 49' Aboud keeps hold of Juvenal's free-kick.
    • 48' Randy is fouled by Abdulaziz Berrish and Equatorial Guinea have a free-kick.
    • 47' Will we have a winner in the competition's opening match?
    • 46' We are back underway at the Estadio De Bata.
    • 45+1' That's half-time. It's been entertaining fare, with Equatorial Guinea generally on top.
    • 45' There will be one added minute, as Randy goes down and wins a free-kick.
    • 44' Libya are ending the half on top.
    • 43' The ball goes off Lawrence Doe for Libya's first corner, which the goalkeeper deals with well.
    • 42' Bolado shoots well off target from distance. A lot of speculative shots from the co-hosts.
    • 41' Walid is dispossessed as he looks to get a shot away.
    • 39' Juvenal shoots off target after the ball sits up nicely for him.
    • 38' Ben-Esono Konate has hurt himself after flying into a tackle.
    • 37' Aboubaker felt he was fouled but a goal kick is given to the co-hosts.
    • 36' Randy finds Juvenal but the midfielder's shot is weak.
    • 34' Ahmed Zuway is down injured for Libya, but he's ok as he gets back to his feet.
    • 33' Equatorial Guinea's attacking players are finding a lot of space and looking dangerous.
    • 32' Balboa's shot across goal is a couple of yards wide.
    • 32' Libya can't keep hold of the ball at the moment.
    • 31' Randy is seeing a lot of the ball.
    • 30' Another cross from Randy drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 29' Randy attempts a through ball but it is intercepted.
    • 28' Lovely flick from Walid to Ahmed Osman but the eventual shot is well over the bar.
    • 27' Aboud punches the ball away and Equatorial Guinea have another corner but it drifts out for a goal-kick.
    • 26' Balboa's cross is headed behind for a corner.
    • 25' Fousseny Kamisoko heads a Juvenal corner into the side-netting. 
    • 24' Thierry Fidjeu wins a corner for the co-hosts.
    • 23' Walid shoots straight at Danilo.
    • 22' It's a lively game now, with Equatorial Guinea looking dangerous.
    • 21' Randy crosses from the left and the goalkeeper Aboud just manages to gather.
    • 20' Juvenal gives away a free-kick in midfield.
    • 19' Libya have possession after weathering that storm.
    • 18' Equatorial Guinea have hit their stride after a slow start.
    • 16' Juvenal's deflected shot hits the post and Aboud allows Ivan Bolado's shot to squirm under him and over the line but the goal is ruled out for offside.
    • 15' Javier Balboa sees a low shot pushed away by Samir Aboud.
    • 14' Libya’s last appearance at the Cup of Nations saw them lose 3-0 to the hosts in their opening group game (Egypt, 2006)
    • 12' Randy skillfully gets into the box but Ivan Bolado is dispossessed by Younes Shibani as he prepares to shoot.
    • 11' Libya force a couple of throws on the right.
    • 10' Rabea Aboubaker charges forward but the ball is cleared by Equatorial Guinea.
    • 9' Libya have the ball back again and are stroking it around in midfield.
    • 8' Equatorial Guinea have started slowly here.
    • 7' The Libya coach Paqueta took charge of Saudi Arabia at the 2006 World Cup.
    • 6' Libya almost force an opening but the co-hosts snuff them out.
    • 5' Fousseny Kamisoko gets in a strong early challenge.
    • 3' These two sides are the outsiders in a group also containing Senegal and Zambia who play later.
    • 2' It's a sell-out crowd at the Estadio De Bata.
    • 1' We are off and underway at the Estadio De Bata in the tournament's opening match!
    • 18:30 A number of speeches being made before the match begins. The players are being made to wait before they kick off the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
    • 18:25 The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away.
    • 18:20 Equatorial Guinea's players have been offered an incentive of $1m if they beat their opponents. The cash prize has been put up by Teodorin Obiang, the playboy son of the country's autocratic president, Teodoro Obiang.
    • 18:15 Libya have no injury problems and are able to field their strongest side.
    • 18:15 Much has been made of Equatorial Guinea's fielding of naturalised players and they start with five against Libya: Danilo (Brazil), Kamisoko and Konate (both Ivorian), Fidjeu (Cameroon) and Doe (Liberia). Juvenal is named as captain in the absence of the injured Rodolfo Bodipo.
    • 18:10 EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Danilo, David Alvarez, Rui Fernando Da Gracia, Fousseny Kamisoko, Juvenal Edjogo, Iban Iyanga, Ivan Bolado, Javier Balboa, Thierry Fidjeu, Ben-Esono Konate, Lawrence Doe. LIBYA: Samir Aboud, Rabea Aboubaker, Abdulaziz Berrish, Younes Shibani, Mohamed Esnani, Ahmed Osman, Ali Salama, Marwan Ahmed, Walid El-Khatroushi, Ahmed Zuway, Jamal Mohamed.
    • 18:05 Equatorial Guinea make their Nations Cup debut as the lowest-ranked side to host the tournament.
    • 18:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the first match from the Africa Cup of Nations as co-hosts Equatorial Guinea take on Libya at the Estadio De Bata.
  • Summary

    • 16' Juvenal's deflected shot hits the post and Aboud allows Ivan Bolado's shot to squirm under him and over the line but the goal is ruled out for offside.

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  • Equatorial Guinea

    Manager: Gílson Paulo

  • Libya

    Manager: Marcos Paquetá

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