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Africa Cup of Nations 2012
Equatorial Guinea and Gabon

Saturday January 21st

Hosts celebrate first win

A goal 3 minutes from time gave co hosts Equatorial Guinea their first ever win in the history of the finals. Libya started brightly but the hosts gradually got into the game and Juvenal struck the post with a stunning shot in the 16th minute, Abod allowed Bolado's shot from the rebound to squirm under his body and over the line but the goal was disallowed for offside. Equatorial Guinea continued to create chances unsuccessfully until the break after which the match levelled out with Doe's fierce free-kick in the 74th minute testing the Libyan keeper before Javier Balboa opened the scoring in the 87th minute by beating the offside trap and side-footing the ball into the top corner. Djamal almost responded immediately but his curler was pushed away by Danilo and a minute later Ekanga screwed the ball off the Libyan crossbar as Equatorial Guinea celebrated a win.
(Equatorial Guinea 1 Libya 0)

Danilo punches away danger

Zambia flying high

A lacklustre first-half performance by one of the pre-tournament favourites Senegal gave Zambia a 2 goal lead from which the Senegalese could not recover. A cross in the 12th minute was headed back to Mayuka who beat Coundoul with a free header and 8 minutes later Kalaba received the ball in space and took it round the keeper to double the lead for Zambia. Senegal came close in the 69th minute when Papiss Cisse chipped the ball into the 6 yard area for Bemba Ba to fling himself and hit the bar with a header, but in the 74th minute Ndoye brought the ball down on his chest and struck a half volley past Mweene to reduce the deficit. (Zambia 2 Senegal 1)

Zambia celebrate opening goal

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