AFCON UPDATE: Cameroon Rally Against Burkina Faso To Win Their Afcon Open Game

Cameroon were undaunted and were handed the chance of an equaliser five minutes before the break when Traore clumsily brought down Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.The penalty was awarded following a video assistant referee review, and Aboubakar sent goalkeeper Herve Koffi the wrong way from the spot and stroked the ball into the right-hand side of the net.

The hosts then got a second penalty in first-half injury time when Issoufou Dayo slid in on Tolo after the Cameroon defender had played the ball.Aboubakar, who scored the winner when Cameroon last lifted the Nations Cup in 2017, made no mistake second time around as he went the other way with his penalty.After the restart Onana kept out an ambitious long-range free-kick from Traore and then denied Cyrille Bayala from close range.

Aboubakar was denied a hat-trick by a tight VAR offside call, while Zambo Anguissa fired narrowly wide as the Indomitable Lions looked to put the game to bed.The hosts, who are looking to lift the continental trophy for a sixth time, are back in action on Thursday, against Ethiopia.

Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in an incident-packed opener at the Africa Cup of Nations.An acrobatic volley from Gustavo Sangare put the Burkinabe ahead midway through the first half in Yaounde.

But two unerring penalties from captain Vincent Aboubakar turned the game around for the hosts before half-time.Indomitable Lions keeper Andre Onana made two crucial second-half saves as Toni Conceicao’s side opened their Group A campaign with victory.

A Cape Verde side hit by Covid-19 cases saw off 10-man Ethiopia 1-0 in the day’s second game in the Olembe Stadium, with striker Julio Tavares scoring a powerful header in first-half stoppage time.There are four games on Monday, with 2019 runners-up Senegal in action and four-time champions Ghana facing Morocco at 16:00 GMT.

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