Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon: Hosts finish top of AFCON Group A despite giving up first-half lead

Cameroon gave up a first-half lead to draw 1-1 with Cape Verde Islands, but the hosts still finished top of Group A in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Captain Vincent Aboubakar scored his fifth goal of the tournament to put Cameroon in the lead in the 39th minute, before half-time substitute Garry Rodrigues equalised in the 53rd minute.

Rodrigues’ audacious back-flick ensured Cape Verde finished with four points in third place in the standings. They are likely to advance as one of four best third-placed finishers.


Rodrigues had been a surprise omission from the starting line-up but underlined his ability soon after coming on.

Aboubakar’s left-footed shot after a botched clearance from the Cape Verdians followed his double scored in each of the opening two matches.

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Cameroon's captain and goalscorer Vincent Aboubakar gestures towards supporters

But Cameroon were unable to end the group phase with three victories, which had been their ambition.

“It was a difficult opponent who made things tough for us,” Aboubakar said after the game.


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Title: Cape Verde 1-1 Cameroon: Hosts finish top of AFCON Group A despite giving up first-half lead
Sourced From: www.skysports.com/football/cape-verde-vs-cameroon/report/457219
Published Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 18:00:00 GMT

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