Cameroon advanced to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 4-1 victory over Ethiopia on Thursday evening.
The Indomitable Lions received a rude awakening four minutes from the start after Dawa Dukele arrived unmarked in the heart of the area to tap home Amanuel Gebremichael’s cross.
Although, it didn’t unsettle the host at all as Karl Toko-Ekambi popped up unchecked at the back-post inside the six-yard area four minutes later to head in Collins Fai’s cross.
Ethiopia were close to restoring their lead with the midway stage of the first half from a cross-cum shot on the right-side by Gebremicahel, which goalkeeper Andre Onana managed to parry to safety.
The five-time African champions regained momentum minutes to halftime as Toko-Ekambi rose high in the area to head a corner against the woodwork.
The Cameroonians grabbed the lead inside 53 minutes when Aboubakar leaped high in the area to head home his third goal of the campaign.
Aboubakar snatched a brace and his team’s third within two minutes after he attacked a low cross from Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui to tap in from close-range.
Ethiopia encountered no room to breathe and conceded a fourth goal in the middle of the second half when Toko-Ekambi ran onto a through ball to find the near corner after drawing a cutback.
There looked to be more in store for the Indomitable Lions minutes thereafter, as Andre-frank Zambo Anguissa battered the upright from a one-touch passing move however the four goals were enough to seal a spot in the knockout phase.
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On Thursday night, Burkina Faso picked up their first win at the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Cape Verde.
Burkina were first to probe their counterparts following the opening ten minutes when Tapsoba’s thumping free-kick from close-range stung the gloves of Vozinha.
Further scares entered the Islanders with over 25 minutes played after Hassane Bande shrugged off a challenge to get goal-sight and forced Vozinha into a point-blank save.
None of those threats bothered the Blues Sharks five minutes afterwards, as Julio Tavares went clear from a through ball to bring goalkeeper Herve Koffi to an outstretched palm.
The Stallions sharpened up their offensive resolve and bagged the lead in the last six minutes of the half when Bande waited patiently in the area to direct Issa Kabore’s ball into the net.
Cape Verde possessed a hard-running approach earlier in the second half and were close to go level off the head by their captain Stopira before Garry Rodrigues scooped a low shot wide.
Substitutions on the path of the Stallions in the middle of the second stanza in order to manage their advantage had Zakaraia Sanogo as well as Ismahila Ouedraogo introduced.
The Blue Sharks kept the belief following the last few minutes of the match with numerous entries, but Burkina were able to see out the latter stages to keep the last 16 hopes alive heading into their final group game.