Africa Cup of Nations - Group A
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Afcon 2017: Gabon limp out as Cameroon progress

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will wonder how he did not score against Cameroon
Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will wonder how he did not score against Cameroon

Gabon became only the fourth hosts to exit the Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage after a 0-0 draw with Cameroon, who reach the quarter-finals.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a great chance for Gabon early on when he bundled the ball wide from two yards.

His team-mate Denis Bouanga brought saves from Fabrice Ondoa as Gabon poured forward in the early stages.

Bouanga was denied a last-gasp winner, that would have put Gabon through, when his shot crashed back off the post.

The rebound sat up perfectly for Didier N'Dong but his shot was pushed over the bar brilliantly by Cameroon goalkeeper Ondoa as he was picking himself up the floor.

Gabon went into the game knowing they had to win to guarantee their qualification from Group A but they go out of the competition after three draws.

Burkina Faso are the other quarter-finalists from the group after they beat debutants Guinea-Bissau 2-0, a result which put them top of the table above Cameroon by goal difference.

Adolphe Teikeu (left) and Benjamin Moukandjo celebrate after Cameroon reach last eight
Adolphe Teikeu (left) and Benjamin Moukandjo celebrate after Cameroon reach the last eight

Borussia Dortmund star Aubameyang, one of the most prolific strikers in world football, will now have another painful memory from the Nations Cup to add to his crucial penalty miss in 2012 that cost his side a place in the semi-finals.

He will replay over and over the moment in this match when he somehow got his feet tangled and put the ball wide of a gaping goal when trying to convert Bouanga's low cross to the back post.

After their fast start did not bring a goal, Gabon's belief and confidence drained.

They lacked the guile and creativity to break Cameroon down and they created virtually nothing until that late drama.

The Indomitable Lions were little better in what was a poor match and were unable to put Gabon out of their misery earlier, coming closest through an Ambroise Oyongo shot that clipped the post and a first-half header from Adolphe Teikeu that went narrowly wide.

But Cameroon have a chance to improve, while Gabon must face up to their poor performances.

Line-ups

Cameroon

  • 1Ondoa
  • 19Fai
  • 3N'Koulou
  • 4Teikeu
  • 6Oyongo Bitolo
  • 15SianiBooked at 18mins
  • 5Ngadeu-Ngadjui
  • 13BassogogSubstituted forAboubakarat 83'minutes
  • 8Moukandjo
  • 11SalliSubstituted forZoua Daogariat 76'minutes
  • 18TambeSubstituted forToko Ekambiat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mabouka Maoussi
  • 7N'Jie
  • 9Zoua Daogari
  • 10Aboubakar
  • 12Boya
  • 16Goda
  • 17Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 20Toko Ekambi
  • 21Djetei
  • 22Ngwen
  • 23Mbokwe

Gabon

  • 1Ovono
  • 8PalunSubstituted forAboue Angoueat 73'minutes
  • 2Appindangoyé
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 19Ze OndoSubstituted forWachterat 57'minutes
  • 17Biyogo Poko
  • 22Ndong
  • 18Martinsson-Ngouali
  • 20Bouanga
  • 9Aubameyang
  • 7EvounaSubstituted forMbinguiat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Obambou
  • 11Madinda
  • 12Kanga
  • 13Mbingui
  • 14Aboue Angoue
  • 15Biyoghe
  • 16Mfa Mezui
  • 21Wachter
  • 23Bitseki Moto
Referee:
Daniel Bennett

Match Stats

Home TeamCameroonAway TeamGabon
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home19
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Cameroon 0, Gabon 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cameroon 0, Gabon 0.

Corner, Gabon. Conceded by Fabrice Ondoa.

Attempt saved. Didier Ndong (Gabon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Denis Bouanga (Gabon) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Didier Ndong.

Foul by Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon).

Yoann Wachter (Gabon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jacques Zoua (Cameroon) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Benjamin Moukandjo with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Yoann Wachter.

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Serge Junior Martinsson-Ngouali.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Bruno Ecuele Manga (Gabon) because of an injury.

Nicolas N'Koulou (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denis Bouanga (Gabon).

Hand ball by Samson Mbingui (Gabon).

Hand ball by Denis Bouanga (Gabon).

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Karl Toko Ekambi replaces Robert Ndip Tambe.

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Vincent Aboubakar replaces Christian Bassogog.

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Didier Ndong.

Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Didier Ndong (Gabon).

Foul by Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Christian Bassogog (Cameroon) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Gabon. Samson Mbingui replaces Malick Evouna.

Foul by Nicolas N'Koulou (Cameroon).

Malick Evouna (Gabon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Jacques Zoua replaces Edgar Salli.

Attempt missed. Edgar Salli (Cameroon) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Bassogog with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Gabon. Serge Kevyn Aboue Angoue replaces Lloyd Palun.

Collins Fai (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andre Biyogo Poko (Gabon).

Offside, Gabon. Yoann Wachter tries a through ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught offside.

Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Denis Bouanga (Gabon).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Didier Ovono (Gabon) because of an injury.

Foul by Collins Fai (Cameroon).

Andre Biyogo Poko (Gabon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burkina Faso31204225
2Cameroon31203215
3Gabon30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301225-31

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal22004046
2Tunisia210123-13
3Algeria201134-11
4Zimbabwe201124-21

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1DR Congo21103214
2Morocco21013213
3Ivory Coast20202202
4Togo201113-21

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana22002026
2Egypt21101014
3Mali201101-11
4Uganda200202-20
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