Chaotic scenes ushered in the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea as the hosts were forced to a 1-1 draw by Congo.

Police and security forces struggled to cope with home fans desperate to try and get inside the the Estadio de Bata for the Group A opener between the hosts and Congo.

Although the crowd was peaceful, the process of checking tickets and allowing fans through gates could not cope with the large number of people trying to get inside and the outer perimeter area about 400 metres from the stadium itself.

Police refrained from using tear gas to disperse crowds, instead opting to let off smoke canisters, throw water or squirt fire extinguishers.

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