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Champions Zambia out, Burkina in to last eight

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Zambia became the first Africa Cup of Nations' holders to be knocked out in the first round for 21 years after a nerve-wracking 0-0 draw with Group C table toppers Burkina Faso on Tuesday. 

Burkina Faso's forward Wilfried Balima (L) vies with Zambia's defender Emmanuel Mbola (R) during their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group C football match at Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit on January 29, 2013. Zambia became the first Africa Cup of Nations' defending champions to be knocked out in the first round for 21 years after a nerve-wracking 0-0 draw with Group C table toppers Burkina Faso.

The titleholders' third straight stalemate left them emulating Algeria, who failed to reach the quarter-finals as reigning champions in 1992.

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