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Africa Cup of Nations 2015: Schedule and how to watch on Day 8

Really, we're just hoping for something other than a 1-1 draw on Saturday in AFCON.

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One match played in Group D. One goal scored by each team. One goal conceded by each team. One point earned by each team. Let's try to create a bit more tension today, eh guys?

The news from yesterday

Big news. Huge. In yesterday's first game, Ghana beat Algeria -- the favorites going into the tournament. In truth, Algeria looked a pale version of themselves, unable to inject pace into a game in which for the most part, neither team looked all that interested in scoring. But, deep into stoppage time, Asamoah Gyan made the difference. The Black Stars' captain had been hospitalized for malaria the week before, and looked a bit ragged throughout the game. It took just one moment of brilliance from Gyan, though, latching onto a long ball and driving home the winner.

And you'll never guess the score of the second game. Yes. Yes, we have another 1-1 draw. That's six, in 14 games played. And once again, South Africa took the lead, only to surrender a share of the spoils. Once again, Senegal came back, although this time they couldn't find a victory. Both sides could still, theoretically, progress, so the Group of Death remains alive and well.

What to look for today

More 1-1 draws? That's what the first round had on offer in Group D. If the teams remain on such a course, we'll get a drawing of lots, which would be fun -- but I think we'd all be more satisfied if someone would just step up and win. Could that side be Ivory Coast? They won't have Gervinho this time -- the Roma man is out for the remainder of the group stages -- so they'll have to find another way to inject a pit of pace into their side. They'll need a way to jump-start their attack, because it's quite likely Mali are simply going to sit back and play for a point. Perhaps this will be the match in which Yaya Toure finally steps up?

In the second match, we're hoping to see more from Cameroon. The squad has certainly progressed from the train wreck they'd put on display at the World Cup, but we're ready for more decisiveness from the Indomitable Lions' attack. Returning captain Stéphane Mbia should help provide cover for an already sturdy back line, one that Cameroon will have to ensure remains stable. Against Ivory Coast, Guinea demonstrated that they're willing to go on the attack, and they'll once again be trying to snatch points from the big names.

Standings, Group D

AFCON standings group D

Thanks to Wikipedia for always having their standings updated.

Schedule and how to watch, Day 8

Mali vs. Ivory Coast

Time: 11 a.m. ET
Venue: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Watch: beIN Sports Connect (USA and Canada); Eurosport and Eurosport International (where available); other viewing options available here

Guinea vs. Cameroon

Time: 2 p.m. ET
Venue: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Watch: beIN Sports Connect (USA and Canada); Eurosport and Eurosport International (where available); other viewing options available here