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14/01/2017 18:00

Gabon denied in AFCON 2017 opener

Posted: 14 January 2017 Time: 20:11

Host nation Gabon were denied victory in their 2017 African Nations Cup opener as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Guinea-Bissau at Stade d'Angondje in Libreville on Saturday.

It was the Gabonese who asked most of the questions in the first-half of their Group A opener, managing to at least get off three attempts, although they failed to find the target on all occasions.

Guinea-Bissau were also lacking in the accuracy department, with Zezinho shooting woeful off-target as the teams eventually headed down the tunnel at half-time without the goalkeepers being really tested.

The deadlock was finally broken after 53 minutes, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tapping home at the far-post after Denis Bouanga was able to roll his delivery right across the six-yard area.

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The Dortmund striker almost grabbed a sensational second midway through the second-half but saw his rasping volley fizz just over crossbar, and the hosts were soon made to pay for that miss as Guinea-Bissau scored right at the death, Juary Soares heading home on 90 minutes to snatch a vital point.

Gabon: Ovono, Palun, Appindangoyé, Ecuele Manga, Obiang, Tandjigora (Biyogo Poko 84’), Ndong, Evouna (Aboue Angoueat 88’), Lemina (Guelor Kanga 73’), Bouanga, Aubameyang

Guinea-Bissau: Mendes, Soares Dabó, Silva, Soares, Soares, Mendes Soares, Francisco Júnior (Djalo Baldéat 74’), Brito Silva Sa, Mendes, Lopes, Nunes Fernandes (Brito Silvaat 61’), Issa Camará (Mendyat 66’)

Article by: Staff Reporter

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