The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations now finds itself right in the heart of the group stage as Group B goes into its second group of matches.
As there remains another match after today's fixtures, there's still plenty of drama to be had from the action.
Mali was the only team to win in Group B's first round, so they are on top of the group. It will be hard to see them not making it through to the group stage as a result.
The other spots are all up in the air, as Ghana and Congo DR drew, 2-2.
Here's everything you need to know about Day 6 of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, including match previews and predictions.
When: Thursday, Jan. 24
Time: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET
Where: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Stage: Group B
Watch: EuroSport (Live Stream only in U.S.)
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Ghana vs. Mali: 10 a.m. ET
Mali is coming off a big 1-0 win against Niger this past Sunday. As a result, they're at the top of Group B. Ghana drew, 2-2, with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Ghana had to be considered one of the favorites coming in. The Black Stars aren't that far removed from a World Cup in which they made it to the quarterfinal stage.
Their midfield, with the combo of Kwadwo Asamoah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, is one of the best in the tournament. They were the two goal scorers in the draw.
Mali did well to break down what had been a very organized Niger back four for most of the match. Seydou Keita's 84th-minute winner didn't look like it would come at all. It was a well-deserved win for the Eagles, as they were the better team over 90 minutes.
Mali can take a huge step toward the knockout stage with a win against Ghana. It should be a very good match to watch and will likely be won in the midfield.
Ghana will be smarting from their draw with Congo, so the Black Stars should really be up for this one. With their midfield, they should be able to control this match.
Prediction: Ghana 2, Mali 1
Niger vs. Congo DR: 1 p.m. ET
The Democratic Republic of the Congo was without a doubt the starlets of the first round of games from the tournament.
There probably isn't a football fan who has yet to see Congo goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba's butt shuffle. He also put on a very good performance to keep the Black Stars at bay.
On the whole, Congo looked like a major threat in the match against Ghana, especially after Deiudonne Mbokani scored from the penalty spot to level the match.
A draw was probably the most fair result because the two had periods of dominance throughout the 90 minutes.
Niger wasn't fun to watch against Mali, but their style was getting results until Keita's goal. Few would have selected Niger to be amongst the favorites for the knockout stage, so the risk-averse approach is the best they can utilize in the tournament.
The country will be playing for its tournament lives as anything less than a win would all but extinguish its hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage.
Congo is riding a wave of momentum right now, so it's hard to look beyond them in this match. It's unlikely to be fun to watch for the neutrals.
Prediction: Congo DR 1, Niger 0