Malabo - Mali and Guinea face a long night as they await a rare drawing of lots to decide which team goes through to the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals, SuperSport reports.
A 1-1 draw between the teams in Mongomo on Wednesday left them tied in second place in Group D behind the Ivory Coast, who finished top after beating Cameroon 1-0 in Malabo.
Max Gradel's first-half goal means the Ivorians will take on Algeria in the last eight in Malabo on Sunday.
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But Group C winners Ghana are still awaiting the identity of the last team through from the group phase, who will be drawn at a ceremony in Malabo on Thursday.
"I'm tired so I think I'll be able to sleep tonight and then wait for the draw tomorrow," Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer told reporters.
"It's hard for each team because no one deserves to go out of the tournament like that. Neither of us lost, we did very well in this tournament but this is now a reality we have to face. It will be disappointing to lose out like that," he said of the draw at 5pm.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.