Last Updated: 29/01/13 7:01pm
And that's it! Zambia's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations adventure is over, with the defending champions handed an early exit. It's jubilation for Burkina Faso, who are through to the quarter-finals! It hasn't exactly been a classic, but the Burkinabes won't care how they did it, just that they did. I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your week. Cheers all!
Stophira Sunzu leaves Zambia hearts in mouths as he finds himself with space to shoot inside the area, but a rush of blood to the head seems him blaze the ball well wide of the mark.
This isn't what Zambia needed as Bakary Kone takes a blow to the face and is now bleeding. Burkina Faso further eat down the time as Abdoul Razack Traore comes on for Jonathan Pitroipa.
Best chance of the whole game now as Burkina Faso break down the wing before the ball is slid across the face of goal, but Jonathan Pitroipa just can't get a toe on the ball and Kennedy Mweene gratefully gathers.
The free-kick is laid across the face of goal and although the initial shot is blocked the deflection causes havoc in the Burkina Faso area, but no one in a Zambia shirt can get a touch to the ball and the defenders can gratefully clear.
Great chance for Zambia to snatch something now as Collins Mbesuma wins a free-kick right on the edge of the area after coming inside from the wing...
News of the night's other result filters into the stadium, ushering a rise in volume in the stadium as the Zambia fans, who outnumber the Burkinabes' 3:1, urge their side on to what would be a invaluable goal.
Massive news in the night's other Group C match as Nigeria take the lead from the penalty spot against Ethiopia. That means if this game stays level, the Super Eagles and Burkina Faso are through to the quarter-finals, meaning Zambia now have to score, or their title defence is over.
A rare chance for Burkina Faso to attack in this half as they win another corner, but it's straight at Mweene who doesn't have any trouble collecting that.
Saidou Panandetiguiri looks at the referee expecting to see a second yellow card shown his way after dragging his man to ground, but the defender's let off the hook this time as it's only a free-kick that is given.
Rainford Kalaba works himself a shooting opportunity after cutting inside from the wing, but he gets his shot horribly wrong and blazes the ball well over the crossbar.
Zambia are really in the ascendancy now, although they're relying too heavily on balls into the area, and to be honest they haven't exactly been effective in the air this evening.
Another chance from a set-piece for the Copper Bullets now, which Rainford Kalaba puts in, but Kone shows a good header to send the ball well clear.
A booking for Burkina Faso now as Saidou Panandetiguiri is show a yellow card for kicking the ball away. A little early for time-wasting tactics, although every second counts when a place inthe quarter--finals is on the line.
Zambia have seen plenty of the ball in this half, and the press again through the middle of the field, but a clumsy foul while in attack halts play as the Burkinabes win a free-kick.
Zambia now have a free-kick in a good position out wide, which Rainford Kalaba curls in nicely, but Aristide Bance shows some good defensive prowess as he just gets there first to head clear.
Mayuka runs into the area to get onto the end of a nice through-ball but can only win his side a corner, which is played short and wasted as the Burkinabes win back possession.
More injury concerns for Burkina Faso now as captain Charles Kabore goes down and stays down following a collision in the middle of the park. AFter some medical attention he seems fine though and should be able to carry on.
Collins Mbesuma breaks into the area with real purpose and wins his side a corner, and he really should do better from the resulting set piece as he can only head over after finding himself unmarked.
Excellent defending from Hijani Himoonde now as he just manages to cut of the run of Jonathan Pitroipa, who ends up playing the ball out for a goal-kick.
A corner for Burkina Faso is whipped in dangerously, but the defence is on top of it and head clear. Collins Mbesuma picks up the loose ball and breaks up field, but he's aimless in his final pass and plays the ball straight to the opposition.
Another change for Zambia now, with Isaac Chansa making way for Zambian Player of the Year Mukuka Mulenga.
Decent move down the left wing for Zambia now, but the delivery into the area is lacking and doesn't clear the first man.
Emmanuel Mayuka gets himself into a great position inside the area, but his touch is a terrible one and the ball carries on through to the goalkeeper.
Substitute Hughes-Wilfried Dah wins the Burkinabes their first corner of the match, which is whipped in with real purpose, Bakary Kone can't make a proper connection and his header spins away from goal.
Stophira Sunzu collides with his own man and takes a knock to the mouth, but he'll be okay to soldier on.
One change at the break for Burkina Faso to tell you about, with Hughes-Wilfried Dah coming on for Wilfreid Benjamin Balima.
And that's the last piece of action for the first-half as the referee collects the ball. The teams head down the tunnel with the scores still deadlocked, although the same goes for tonight's other Group C match between Nigeria and Ethiopia, meaning as it stands Burkina Faso and Zambia are through to the next round. Join me after the break to find out just how this one will end.
Golden chance for Zambia to take the lead before the break as another dangerous ball is put into the area, but, with the Burkina Faso defence completely asleep, Isaac Chansa inexplicably stops his run at the far-post as the ball bounces in the box, and after snapping awake his weak header is straight at the keeper.
Emmanuel Mbola puts a devilish delivery into the area from out wide, but Daouda Diakite is alert to the danger and comes off his line in a flash to just get to the ball ahead of Collins Mbesuma.
Charles Kabore looks to float one into the Zambia area, but the delivery sails into the hands of Kennedy Mweene, who plucks the ball out the air with a huge leap.
A route-one delivery finds the head of Mbesuma inside the area, but his flick-on is straight to the goalkeeper, with not a Zambian shirt in sight.
Mayuka lets his frustration show now after being blown up for off-side, although he can have little complaint as he was a good yard ahead of the last man when the ball was played.
Emmanuel Mayuka is shown a yellow card for simulation now after going down on the edge of the area, although it looked a legitimate call for a foul after being cut off by his marker.
Calls for a penalty from the Zambians for handball, but nothing given by the referee, with replays showing it to be a correct call.
Real chance for Burkina Faso now as Jonathan Pitroipa breaks down the wing and plays a nice one-two to get the ball back inside the area, but he's travelling just too fast for the pass and loses control when in a really promising area.
Joseph Musonda is the first to go into the referee's notebook this evening as he goes in recklessly with the elbow and is rightfully shown a yellow card.
Zambia string together plenty of passes as they work their way up field, but Emmanuel Mayuka gives his marker a shove in the back and all the hard work comes to nought as the ref blows up for a Burkina Faso free-kick.
Bakary Kone is rushed into his pass but can only play the ball straight out for a throw. Zambia almost instantly lose possession back to the Burkinabes, who press up field and win another free-kick in an even more promising area than the one in the opening seconds.
Meanwhile, Zambia are pressing the ball around with a lot more confidence now and have managed to get two dangerous deliveries into the area, but on both occasions the strikers failed to keep up with the play as the defence were able to easily clear.
I had said earlier that there were huge patches of water on the pitch, but it turns out it is actually sand, but in such huge quantities it almost appears to be splashing all over the field.
Herve Renard has not sat down since this match started, constantly trying to get different messages out to his side, who honestly looked almost lost in the opening 14 minutes or so.
Those early breaks in play seem to have little effect on Zambia, and they really should be ahead now as Chisamba Lungu intercepted a weak clearance, sliding his ball across the area where it is dummied for Collins Mbesuma, but with the whole goal to aim for he can only fire his first-time shot straight at the keeper.
Confirmation of the change now, with Joseph Musonda coming on for the injured Davies Nkausu, who leaves the field in tears, fearing his AFCON involvement is over.
Davies Nkausu, who picked up that early knock, signals to the bench that he is unable to carry on, meaning an enforced change for both teams in the opening 15 minutes.
The pitch might pick up some blame for that injury, with huge puddles of water spread throughout, making footing hard to come by.
Big blow early on for Burkina Faso as the No.10 cannot continue, with Aristide Bance the man to replace him.
Traore needs to be stretchered off, and his evening seems to be all but over. Play goes on with Burkina Faso temporarily down to 10 men, although they should make a chance in the next break in play.
Now there's a Burkinabe down on the ground, Alain Traore getting his ankle trod on following a late challenge in the middle of the park. He looks to be in some pain, and coach Paul Put sends his some of his bench players ut to warm-up.
Charles Kabore is probably lucky not to go into the referees' note book after going in studs-up on Davies Nkausu. The Zambia man is left on in a heap on the ground, but eventually gets to his feet and gingerly limps away.
Zambia have hardly had a touch of the ball so far, and coach Herve Renard is already looking a frustrated figure down on the touch-line.
Early free-kick for Burkina Faso in a really dangerous area, and an awkward bounce right in front of goal sees Kennedy Mweene palm the ball back into the danger area, but the ball is just out of reach of Jonathan Pitroipa and the defence can hoof clear.
The referee waits until right on the hour mark, and here we go! Both Burkina Faso and Zambia are hoping to join hosts South Africa, Cape Verde, Ghana, Mali and Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals.
The two captains meet in the middle of the pitch to decide the coin toss, and we're just moments away from the kick-off.
It looks like we might be in for an earlier-than-scheduled kick-off, with both sets of players already on the pitch, with the Burkina Faso national anthem under way.
For Burkina Faso, goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama is suspended, with Daouada Diakite coming in as his replacement, while Aristide Bance and Wilfried Sanou are relegated to the bench, with Benjamin Balima and Florent Rouamba filling those places.
So, big news for Zambia is the fact captain Chris Katongo is on the bench, following strong calls from the fans for just that. Orlando Pirates striker Collins Mbesuma, who scored in the opener, is the man who replaces him, while Joseph Musonda is replaced in the starting XI by Hichani Himonde.
Burkina Faso: Diakite, Kone B, Koffi, Kone D, Rouamba, Keba Paul, Alain Traore, Pitroipa, Balima, Kabore, Mady
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There's plenty to play for tonight then, but here's your chance to get even more deeply involved by popping over to our friends at Sky Bet, who have Zambia at 7/5 to take the three points while Burkina Faso are at 19/10 for the win, while a draw will fetch you 9/4.
Burkina Faso, meanwhile, find themselves with qualification for the quarter-finals in their own hands, needing only a draw against the Copper Bullets to book their place in the next round after securing four points from their opening two matches.
If both of tonight's games end in draws, though, that is when complications will arise. At the moment Nigeria and Zambia are on the same points, same goals scored and same goals conceded, meaning that Fair Play points will decide it, with Chipolopolo leading that as things stand. A swing in bookings though would mean it all comes down to the drawing of lots by the CAF Organising Committee.
Everything rests on this game for defending champions Zambia, who need nothing less than all three points from the Mbombela Stadium encounter if they hope to progress to the first knock-out stage, having drawn both their opening group matches to sit third in the standings, behind second-placed Nigeria, who take on Ethiopia in the night's other Group C clash.