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Ariel Schalit, Associated Press
Libya's Djamal Mahamat, left, clears the ball past Equatorial Guinea's Balboa during the African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.

BATA, Equatorial Guinea — Equatorial Guinea scored a dramatic late winner to shock Libya 1-0 in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations on Saturday.

Javier-Angel Balboa scored after racing onto a throughball and slotting past Libya goalkeeper Samir Aboud into the top corner in the 87th minute.

The co-host threatened an upset throughout the game, with Juvenal Edjogo-Owono's deflected shot rebounding off a post in the first half. Ivan Bolado put the rebound into the net, but the effort was disallowed for offside.

Despite injured captain Rodolfo Bodipo managing only a 15-minute substitute role, Equatorial Guinea belied its billing as the tournament's lowest-ranked team by matching Libya and creating opportunities.