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Rodrigues denies hosts’ third-straight AFCON win after Aboubakar nets again


CAPE VERDE denied Cameroon a third-straight AFCON win in their Group A finale.

The tournament hosts had already qualified for the knockouts after winning both of their opening two matches.

Vincent Aboubakar opened the scoring with a fierce drive just before the break, before super-sub Garry Rodrigues back-heeled in a terrific leveller.

Cape Verde came under the cosh late on, but saw things out to finish third in the group and cling onto their place in the competition.

  • Final score: Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon
  • Burkina Faso 1-1 Ethiopia

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  • STATS

    Cameroon dominated 64 per cent of possession throughout the match against Cape Verde.

    The Indomitable Lions registered a total of 14 shots, three of which were on target.

    The Blue Sharks, on the other hand, got four shots, half of which were on target.

    Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana had a relatively comfortable evening as he never had to make a save – other than the goal – whereas Vozinha had to react twice.

  • FT: Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    Cameroon and Cape Verde drew 1-1 in front of a lively Paul Biya Stadium.

    The Indomitable Lions opened the scoring on 39 minutes after a poor clearance by Diney set Vincent Aboubakar in the area and his left-footed shot ended up in Vozinha’s bottom left corner.

    Cape Verde got a stunning equaliser in the 53rd minute when Kenny Santos found substitute Garry Rodrigues from the right and the Olympiacos ace scored a magnificent back-heel.

    Cameroon won Group A whereas Cape Verde can still go through from third place

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  • FT: Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    That’s full-time in Cameroon!

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    90+2 Chance

    Another long-range shot for Cameroon as Njie tries his luck from the right wing.

    But his shot just misses Vozinha’s post

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    90 Chance!

    Mbaizo tries a long-range shot for a late Cameroon winner but gets a deflection and sees the ball roll out for a corner-kick.

    Three minutes of stoppage time to go!

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    87 Substitution

    Cameroon make another double change as Mbaizo and Jean Onana replace Fai and Oum Gouet respectively

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    85 Burkina Faso are still tied 1-1 with Ethiopia in the other match of Group A.

    Cape Verde really need a goal to climb up to second place

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    82 Substitution

    Actually, Cape Verde have one more as Fortes replaces Diney

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    82 Cape Verde ace Diney is down on the ground and the referee signals for a stretcher.

    But substitutions have been completed so it seems like he might brave it out until full-time

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    81 Yellow card

    Cameroon ace Anguissa is booked with a yellow card after a late challenge on Rodrigues

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    78 Substitution

    Cape Verde make a double changes as Nenass and Furtado replace Monteiro and Santos respectively

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    75 Both teams have turned the tempo down, but this game feels like it can change at any given moment.

    Just one mistake could turn things around in Cameroon

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    73 Cameroon continue to push for a second to regain the lead.

    But Cape Verde are still confident they can steal one and overcome Burkina Faso in the table

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    71 Chance!

    Cameroon ace Oum Gouet gets the ball in the far post following a corner-kick from the right but his shot is saved by Vozinha in his tight corner

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    70 Substitution

    Cameroon respond with a double change as Choupo-Moting and Njie come on for Ngamaleu and Ekambi respectively

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    67 Substitution

    Another change by Cape Verde as Fernandes replaces Willy Semedo

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    66 What a chance!

    Cameroon miss an unbelievable chance to regain the lead!

    A dangerous low cross comes from the left and Vozinha taps the ball away instead of holding on to it.

    The Cape Verde keeper sets Aboubakar up in front of goal but his shot goes over the bar!

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    65 Yellow card

    Diney becomes the first Cape Verde ace to be booked for holding Anguissa back.

    It’s a booking on the defender’s birthday!

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    62 Substitution

    Cameroon make their first change of the match.

    And as we mentioned, Middlesbrough Siliki comes on to replace Kounde

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    60 Middlesbrough ace Siliki is getting ready to come on for Cameroon.

    A huge opportunity for the midfielder!

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    58 Cameroon’s dream start in the Africa Cup of Nations is in danger as the hosts could drop points for the first time.

    Cape Verde have regained their confidence and will push for a comeback

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  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    55 As it stands, Cameroon are still top of Group A and Burkina Faso are second, even though they are 1-1 with Ethiopia!

    Cape Verde have four points, just like Burkina Faso, and are highly likely to go through from third place

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    53 What a goal this was for Cape Verde!

    Santos gets the ball inside the area on the right and passes it back to Olympiacos ace Rodrigues, who hits the back of the net with a stunning right-footed back-heel!

  • Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon

    GOAL!

    Cape Verde equalise with Rodrigues!!!!!

  • Cape Verde 0-1 Cameroon

    50 Cape Verde are struggling to move the ball forward and that won’t help their bid to qualify for the Last 16.

    Burkina Faso are still ahead against Ethiopia and thus second in Group A behind Cameroon





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