Equatorial Guinea 1-1 Congo

Congo netted an 87th-minute equaliser to deny host nation Equatorial Guinea victory with a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations in Bata.

Middlesbrough forward Emilio Nsue got the benefit of what looked a debatable offside decision to open the scoring in the 16th minute and Equatorial Guinea, by far the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, had chances to increase their lead in the second half.

However, they could not make them count and Congo deservedly drew level during a late onslaught when Thievy Bifouma slotted home an almost identical goal to Nsue - although without any question of its legality - as the match finished 1-1.

Congo might also have snatched a last-gasp winner but Dominique Malonga shot straight at home keeper Felipe Ovono when presented with a gilt-edged opportunity eight yards out.

A goal then would have been tough on tournament minnows Equatorial Guinea, who were worthy of at least a point from an entertaining encounter.

Meanwhile, goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Malick Evouna gave Gabon a 2-0 victory over Burkina Faso in their opening game.

Aubameyang - who had also scored both goals in a 2-0 win over the same opponents in the qualifying campaign - took just 19 minutes to get on the scoresheet again with a right-foot shot from the centre of the box.

And when Evouna headed home a Frederic Bulot cross in the 72nd minute, Gabon ensured they would get their Group A campaign against the surprise 2013 finalists off to a flyer.