Last Updated: 28/01/13 6:53pm
And there it is. The referee brings an end to proceedings. Heartbreak for the Congolese, as Mali qualifies for the quarter-final tie against South Africa on Saturday. Ghana the other team to progress to the next round after their 3-0 win over Niger.
Mali just looking to see out the match now. Congo throwing everything at goal as we approach the final whistle.
Diabate again. The big man goes round the keeper, but his shot from the tight angle strikes the post and rolls out for a goal-kick.
Diabate almost gets the header there, but Zakuani is equal to the cross and puts it out for the corner.
Mbokani plays a brilliant ball to Diba Ilunga there, but before completing the one-two the big number goes down a bit too easily there.
Sissoko goes down after a shot on goal, strecher being brought on to take him off the field, doesn't look like he'll return to the match.
Congo with a chance now. Mulumbu curls is shot towards the bottom corner, but Samassa just does enough to push it wide.
Samassa almost gets his second of the night there. His shot forces a fumble out of Kidiaba, who watches the ball roll agonisingly wide of the post.
Diba Ilunga carries the ball forward well and forces a corner out of the Mali defence. Mbokani's header from the resulting corner goes well over.
Mali look like the stronger team at the start here, but they're not creating th clear chances they would like
Another goal for Ghana now, John Boye this time. The Black Stars will surely finish as group winners now.
Both teams looking to get forward at the start of the second period, but both defences are standing firm at the moment.
Referee brings an end to an exciting first half. The midfield battle proving to be the crucial one, but neither side coming out as a clear winner just yet.
Into stoppage time now, Mali's corner only gets half-cleared, before the ball back in being put out for yet another corner.
Some heavy challenges flying in the midfield, both teams battling hard to get any kind of advantage. Congo back in the ascendancy now.
Keita gets booked for protesting to the referee after bringing down Mulumbu in the middle of the park.
Mali starting to impose themselves on the match. They are just edging the possession now for the first time in the match.
Congo with another penalty shout, as LuaLua falls over in the box, but the referee sees nothing in it.
Congo with a good passing move to get to the box, but the floated cross is cleared by the Mali defence.
As it stands Ghana and Congo will progress to the quarter-finals, but we still have 80-odd minutes left to play, so nothing decided just yet.
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Early drama in both matches, just got word that Ghana have scored in the other match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
LuaLua hits the post after 20 seconds, and have a penalty awarded after Sissoko brought down Ilunga.
Mali XI: Mahamadou Samassa, Diawara, Tamboura, Coulibaly, Wague, Sissoko, Diakite, Sow, Keita, Maiga, Mamadou Samassa
DR Congo XI: Kidiaba, Issama, Zakuani, Mongongu, Kasusula, Kaluyituka, Makiadi, Mulumbu, Lomana LuaLua, Illunga, Mbokani.
Mali are overwhelming favourites to beat Congo at 23/20 according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 9/4 for the match to end in a draw. Dieumerci Mbokani is 7/1 to score first, while Cheick Diabate is at 9/2.
A Mali win would see them qualify to the quarter-finals of the competition as either group winners or runners-up, depending on whether Ghana win their match. A draw would also see them progress, regardless of a Niger, as Mali beat the Menas in the opening match.
DR Congo are in a must-win situation coming into the match. Anything less than a win would see the Menas eliminated from the competition, while a win could see them progress as group winners, provided thatt Ghana fail to win against Niger.