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AFCON Highlights: Gabon win against Burkina Faso while Equatorial Guinea and Congo play out a draw

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Gabon's forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring during 2015 African Cup of Nations

The first day of the 2015 African Cup of Nations saw four sides in action as hosts Equatorial Guinea kicked off their tournament with a draw against Congo, followed by Gabon securing a 2-0 over Burkina Faso in the series of Group A encounters. 

Equatorial Guinea started the game in a confident fashion at the Bata Stadium after Emilio Nsue opened the scoring in the 17th minute, which was also the first goal of the tournament. However, with only three minutes to spare until the final whistle, Congo and West Brom forward Thievy Bifouma scored the equalizer for his side, denying the hosts a victory.

“We would have been in serious trouble had we lost. Our tournament could have been over before it started,” said Congo’s head coach Claude Le Roy following the match.

Watch the goals here:

In the second Group A fixture, Gabon were in action against Burkina Faso with Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and forward Malick Evouna netting twice for Gabon with goals in each of the two halves.

Aubameyang opened the scoring for Gabon in the 19th minute of the match with a well composed finish from inside the box while Evouna doubled the lead with a header in the 72nd minute.

Watch the goals here:


This is how Group A has shaped up following the two matches:

Position Team Played Win Draw Loss Pts
1 Gabon 1 1 0 0 3
2 Equatorial Guinea 1 0 1 0 1
3 Congo 1 0 1 0 1
4 Burkina Faso 1 0 0 1 0
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