Last Updated: 23/01/13 8:00pm
Well, I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your week. Cheers all!
And that's it! It's been a thrilling end to the game, but in the end the sides have to share the spoils. It's another well-earned point for Cape Verde, despite having conceded the lead, but the result leaves both sides with their own fate in their hands heading into the final round of matches on Sunday.
We're in for a grand-stand finish here in Durban, and it's end-to-end stuff at the moment. Nadir Lamyaghri has been particularly impressive in the Morocco goal, twice breaking off his line to just get to the ball ahead of a dangerous delivery over the top of the defence.
Rachid Taoussi will probably be wishing he'd started with Youssef El-Arabi, who has proven a real handful for the Cape Verde defence since his half-time introduction. Meanwhile, there will be five minutes of added time to be played, of which we've already had two.
Third and final change for Cape Verde now with one minute of normal time remaining, Guy Ramos coming on in place of Julio Tavares.
Chahir Belhazouani has looked to make an impact since coming on, and he wins his side a corner after some good work inside the area. The set-piece eventually finds its way to El-Arabi, but his driven shot flies just wide of the angle.
It's been a thrilling end to the game, and maybe based on Morocco's play in the last 20 minutes, a draw might be considered a fair result.
So close to El-Arabi's second, and what would have probably been a match-winner here tonight as he gets on the end of a corner but can only head his effort inches wide of the up-right.
Almost an instant reply from Cape Verde as Heldon is played in behind the back-four, but Mehdi Benatia just does enough to put the forward off, and his scuffed shot is gratefully saved by the goalkeeper.
All it takes is a second, and Morocco are right back in this! Abdelaziz Barrada breaks down the right wing before squaring the ball back for Youssef El-Arabi, who has all the time and space in the world to make sure his first-time hit stayed true before nestling in the bottom corner of the net.
Second change for Cape Verde now, with Ryan Mendes, arguably tonight's Man of the Match, making way for Heldon.
A rare moment of threat from the Moroccans, with Karim El Ahmadi breaking down the wing before putting the ball into the area, but Mounir El Hamdaoui's first-time hit was way off target and flew miles over the crossbar.
That earlier yellow card for Younes Belhanda proved to be his last piece of action for the evening, with the Montpellier forward making way for Kamel Chafni. That's all three changes made by the Morocco coach, with around 20 minutes still to go here in Durban.
Neves Nando is the latest player to go into he book after bringing down Youssef El-Arabi on the edge of the area. The resulting free-kick isn't too far away from goal, but Josimar Vozinha can eventually watch the ball sail past the top corner.
As it turns out, a yellow card was shown, but it went to Abdelaziz Barrada for arguing over the decision to play-on. Questionable refereeing at best.
Hmmm. It looked for all the world that Marco Soares would be heading into the referee's notebook for a very rash challenge on Luis Platini, but the refereee unbelievably waves play-on, much to the disgust of the Moroccan players and technical staff.
That's a pretty big booking for Younes Belhanda, who picks up a yellow for a dangerous, studs-up challenge, and that will rule him out of the final group stage clash against South Africa in Durban on Sunday. Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi will not be happy with that one bit.
Ryan Mendes looks like a proper, proper footballer out there, and don't be surprised if you hear the Lille forward's name linked with some of the bigger European clubs by the time this tournament is over.
There's been a number of breaks in play lately for players to receive treatment for some fairly innocuous challenges, but it'll suit Cape Verde just fine as the time slowly ticks down to the 90. Still plenty time left for Morocco to get back into this game though, but it's the seconds that count in a football match.
The delivery is not a particularly good one and Morocco can break, but the defence manages to get the ball out for a throw. Earlier, Morocco had made their second change of the evening, with Chahir Belghazouani coming on for young Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi.
Cape Verde have enough confidence to play a corner short before feeding the ball inside, and after some good build up they win another corner, this one on the other side of the pitch.
Platini's been quieter in this half, but wins his side a free-kick following some fancy foot-work. The set-piece is played quickly and Ryan Mendes looks to get beyond his marker, but some stout defending forces the playmaker wide.
Just one change to tell you about at the break, with Morocco bringing Youssef El-Arabi on for Noureddine Amrabat.
Morocco show their intent for the second period straight from the off, but Karim El Ahmadi is off-side following Abdelaziz Barrada's through-ball.
That's it for the opening 45 minutes, and you can't say Cape Verde don't deserve their lead. Morocco will need a much improved performance in the second-half if they are to rescue something here this evening, but so far they been second-best all over the pitch. Join me after the break for the second period.
Barrada wins his side a free-kick for what looked a painful challenge from the Cape Verde defence. The set piece is definitely in range, but Noureddine Amrabat's shot is straight at the wall. Meanwhile, the fourth official shows there will be two minutes of added time here at the end of the half.
The Lions have a chance through another corner now, but just like the earlier one it fails to beat the first man, who easily clears the danger.
Morocco have looked flat in the final third, and they highlight that with a breakdown in communication, with Abdelaziz Barrada playing the ball one way while Mounir El Hamdaoui runs the other.
Mendes and Platini again look to link up to devastating effect, but this time the defence are able to intercept the former's through-ball, much to the relief of the Lions of the Atlas' fans.
Ryan Mendes' name soon goes into the referee's book, with the forward adjudged to have intentionally handled the ball in what should have been a routine aerial challenge.
Ladies and gentlemen, Luis Platini! He was superb against the Bafana, and unfortunate not to score against the hosts, but he's made no mistake here tonight and has just made history by netting his country's first ever goal at the Africa Cup of Nations finals. It's a mistake at the back that allows Ryan Mendes to win possession before threading an inch-perfect ball through for Platini, who smartly clips the ball over the on-rushing keeper to nestle his effort in the back of the net.
Ryan Mendes causing more problems for the Morocco defence now as he drives through on goal, but Mehdi Benatia gets in a brilliant tackle to rob the forward of possession on the edge of the area.
With Cape Verde currently in the ascendancy, Sky Bet have put them at 4/1 to take the points today, while Morocco are an even bet at 1/1 to win.
Abdelaziz Barrada and Ryan Mendes clash in an awkward challenge, with both players initially staying down, but they're back on their feet now and ready to continue.
Cape Verde look a lot more comfortable on the ball compared to their more illustrious African opposition, but the gulf in class is minimal at the moment.
Karim El Ahmadi thinks he's in behind the defence, but the linesman's flag is correctly raised for off-side.
Morocco now look to work themselves an opening on the counter, but can only win a corner. The delivery is really poor though and doesn't even clear the first man, who hoofs the ball up field and away from danger.
So close to Cape Verde's first ever AFCON goal! Ryan Mendes lines up the free-kick before unleashing a stinging low drive, but the keeper does really well to get down and parry the ball to safety.
More attacking intent from Cape Verde, and they win themselves a free-kick right on the edge of the area. Abderrahim Achchakir is the man guilty of bringing down Luis Platini illegally, earning a yellow card for his efforts.
The free-kick is drilled straight at Julio Tavares, who does well to control before using his strength to work a shooting opportunity, but he scuffs his effort into the ground and the keeper snatches up the loose ball.
Cape Verde win themselves yet another set-piece, and this one is in an even better position than the other two...
Another free-kick for the Blue Sharks, from a similar position from the one that forced Lamyaghri to tip over, but this time the goalkeeper gets a healthy punch on the ball to ease the pressure.
More attacking intent from the island side now as Luis Platini tries to drive at the heart of the Morocco defence, but they do well to usher the forward wide, and he eventually plays the ball out for a goal-kick.
Morocco get their first shot on target, and it's not a bad effort from Oussama Assaidi, who lets loose from some 30 yards out, with the ball dipping just at the last moment, forcing the goalkeeper to parry away.
It's a bit too route-one from Morocco at the moment, and with such a burly back-line, Cape Verde can easily deal with that. Another ball over the top now is also intercepted, but this time after Josimar Vozinha showed good alertness to quickly come off his line to claim possession.
Cape Verde burst into life down the right wing through Ryan Mendes, but his marker stays tight and eventually forces the forward to play a mis-placed pass to the Moroccan midfield.
The ball is spending a lot of the time in the air, but the respective defences can easily deal with those, resulting in a scrappy few minutes.
An early free-kick for Morocco to defend, and the goalkeeper does really well to prevent a looping header from finding the top corner after just tipping the ball over his crossbar.
We're just a few minutes away from the kick-off now, with the referee and the two captains getting the coin toss under way.
So, Morocco bring Younes Belhanda back into the starting XI, with Adil Hermach making way for the Montpellier forward. Cape Verde, meanwhile, make two changes from the side that drew against the hosts, with Gege and Julio Tavares coming into the starting line-up.
And now we'll have the national anthems of the respective sides, starting with that of the Moroccans.
Here come the two sets of players out into the Durban evening, sending the fans into a chorus of vuvuzela blowing. There may have been just an hour break between this game and the previous Group A tie, but the supporters are still in full voice here.
Here's your chance to take advantage of some great odds, with our friends at Sky Bet putting Morocco at 5/6 to come away from tonight's tie with the three points, while the underdogs Cape Verde are at 7-2 to snatch a win, while a draw will get you 12/5.
Morocco, meanwhile, were also unable to find a way past Angola, with the sides also finishing as it started. However, a win for either side tonight should prove pivotal in the race for a quarter-final spot, with South Africa having fired two unanswered goals past Angola in the day's earlier match to take top spot, for the time being.
Cape Verde showed glimpses of their previously unknown abilities against Bafana Bafana in their debut AFCON match on Saturday, holding the hosts to a goalless draw at the National Stadium.