Cameroon 2-1 Burkina Faso: Africa Cup of Nations – as it happened

Cameroon came from behind against Burkina Faso thanks to two penalties by Vincent Aboubakar in the tournament opener

Vincent Aboubakar scored the decisive goal as Cameroon beat Burkina Faso. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

Burkina Faso, who were without their coach Kamou Malo and six players who tested positive for COVID-19 in the build-up to the match, gave away two clumsy penalties after Gustavo Sangare had silenced the home crowd, estimated at around 45,000 fans at the newly-built Olembe Stadium, with the first goal of the game.

Sangare finished with his left foot at the back post in the 24th minute to hand the Burkinabe a surprise lead in the Group A encounter but then their captain Bertrand Traore and defender Issoufou Dayo gave away penalties in quick succession.

Aboubakar, who was part of Cameroon’s winning team at the 2017 Cup of Nations in neighbouring Gabon, tucked away both kicks with aplomb.

There were no goals in the second-half, as the hosts got off to a winning start in front of their delighted supporters.


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