Africa Cup of Nations - Group A
Burkina FasoBurkina Faso0GabonGabon2
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started his career with AC Milan

Gabon began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a win over 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso to go top of Group A.

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a cool finish from inside the penalty area before the break.

Burkina Faso were dangerous throughout with Vitesse Arnhem's Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore being denied by goalkeeper Didier Ovono in both halves.

But Malick Evouna sealed the win with a 72nd-minute header.

The win puts Gabon top of Group A after the other game in the group ended in 1-1 draw between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Congo earlier in the day.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang has bagged three goals in his last three games against Burkina Faso.

After winning only two of their first 26 Nations Cup matches, Burkina Faso went all the way to the final in 2013 before defeat by Nigeria.

They started the 2015 tournament encouragingly as 19-year-old Traore, on loan at Dutch side Vitesse this season, saw a fierce volley parried away by goalkeeper Didier Ovono.

But, against the run of play, Aubameyang showed his quality as he kept his cool to side-foot the ball into the net after Andre Poko's pass.

Counting penalty shootout defeats as draws, Gabon have lost only one of their last eight Africa Cup of Nations matches but were slightly fortunate to be ahead at the break as Traore threatened constantly.

It was Burkina Faso who again looked more likely to score after the interval but, after Traore's close-range shot was blocked by Ovono, Gabon made sure of victory.

Charlton's Frederic Bulot advanced down down the right and his cross was headed home by Evouna to seal victory.

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put: "We dominated the first half and created clear chances, but unfortunately Didier Ovono was very strong today and he won the points for Gabon.

"If you can't score goals, you can't win matches. That's the rule of this game. "It's a shame, but that's the way it is. In the second half we tried to keep going and had more chances. You need luck and patience in front of goal if you are to score, but that wasn't the case for us."

Malick Evouna
Gabon have never progressed past the quarter-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations

Line-ups

Burkina Faso

  • 23Sanou
  • 5Koffi
  • 2Yago
  • 4Koné
  • 13Bambara
  • 17ZongoSubstituted forBancéat 66'minutes
  • 6KoneSubstituted forNakoulmaat 77'minutes
  • 18Kaboré
  • 19Traore
  • 10Traoré
  • 11Pitroipa

Substitutes

  • 1Fofana
  • 3Yedan
  • 8Koulibaly
  • 9Gouo
  • 12Guira
  • 14Balima
  • 15Bancé
  • 16Soulama
  • 20Ouédraogo
  • 21Traore
  • 22Nakoulma

Gabon

  • 1Ovono
  • 8Palun
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 4Musavu-King
  • 6ObiangBooked at 77mins
  • 17Biyogo Poko
  • 10BulotBooked at 53mins
  • 11MadindaSubstituted forMbinguiat 83'minutes
  • 22NdongBooked at 40minsSubstituted forKangaat 63'minutes
  • 9Aubameyang
  • 7EvounaSubstituted forLengoualamaat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Appindangoye
  • 3Lengoualama
  • 12Kanga
  • 13Mbingui
  • 14Oto'o Zué
  • 15Ndong
  • 16Mfa Mezui
  • 18N'Doumbou
  • 19Ze Ondo
  • 20Sokambi
  • 21Rogombe
  • 23Bitseki Moto
Referee:
Rajindraparsad Seechurn

Match Stats

Home TeamBurkina FasoAway TeamGabon
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home21
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burkina Faso 0, Gabon 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burkina Faso 0, Gabon 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Gabon. Conceded by Mohamed Koffi.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Gabon. Conceded by Germain Sanou.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Frédéric Bulot (Gabon) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Johann Diderot Lengoualama.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Gabon. Frédéric Bulot tries a through ball, but Johann Diderot Lengoualama is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Johann Diderot Lengoualama (Gabon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samson Mbingui.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Narcisse Bambara.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Prejuce Nakoulma.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Gabon. Frédéric Bulot tries a through ball, but Johann Diderot Lengoualama is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alain Traoré (Burkina Faso) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bertrand Traore.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Gabon. Johann Diderot Lengoualama replaces Malick Evouna.

  13. Post update

    Guélor Kanga (Gabon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Narcisse Bambara (Burkina Faso).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Yrondu Musavu-King (Gabon).

  16. Post update

    Aristide Bancé (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Samson Mbingui (Gabon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Charles Kaboré (Burkina Faso).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Samson Mbingui (Gabon).

  20. Post update

    Charles Kaboré (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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