Cameroon top Africa Cup of Nations group despite draw with Cape Verde | Africa Cup of Nations


Cameroon gave up a second-half goal to the Cape Verde as they were held to a 1-1 draw on Monday but the hosts still finished top of Group A in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Cameroon captain, Vincent Aboubakar, scored his fifth goal of the tournament to put his team ahead in the 39th minute before the half-time substitute Garry Rodrigues equalised in the 53rd minute.

Rodrigues’s audacious back flick ensured Cape Verde finished with four points in third place in the standings. They are likely to advance as one of four best third placed finishers.

Aboubakar fired home a left footed shot after a botched clearance from the Cape Verdians, adding to a double scored in each of the opening two matches.
“It was a difficult opponent who made things tough for us,” Aboubakar said. “It was difficult to win although we wanted to finish with a 100% record. But we must not be negative about it because we are through.”

Burkina Faso secured a place in the knockout stage after Cyrille Bayala’s first-half goal helped them to an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Ethiopia and second place in Group A at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam .

Bayala netted midway through the opening period but his goal was cancelled out by an 82nd penalty by the Ethiopia striker Getaneh Kebede that earned his side their only point of the tournament.

Getaneh Kebede (9) celebrates with his Ethiopia team mates after equalising against Burkina Faso.
Getaneh Kebede (9) celebrates with his Ethiopia team mates after equalising against Burkina Faso. Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP

Ethiopia are eliminated but will be pleased with a much better defensive performance, while 2013 finalists Burkina Faso have a lot to improve if they are to go deep in the tournament.

Burkina will face the runners-up in Group C in the next stage, which will be either Morocco, Gabon or Ghana, though most likely one of the latter two.

The west Africans took the lead with a goal that was simple in its creation. Adama Guira’s long ball was chased by Bayala, who outstripped the defenders and lobbed advancing Ethiopia goalkeeper Teklemariam Shanko with a tidy finish.

That was as good as it got for coach Kamou Malo’s men, and Ethiopia were level seven minutes into the second period after they were awarded a spot kick for Steeve Yago’s handball from a corner.

The decision was made on review and was the correct one. Kebede arrowed his penalty into the bottom corner to draw his side level.


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