The Cameroonians and the Burkinabés, conceding a draw against Cape Verde and Ethiopia (1-1) respectively, qualified for the knockout stages of the CAN on Monday, at the end of the last day of the group stage. of group A.
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No full card for Cameroonians during the CAN organized on its soil. The Indomitable Lions were hooked by Cape Verde on Monday January 17 (1-1). Undefeated and first in Group A, they go through to the round of 16. Vincent Aboubakar, double scorer in the first two games, once again distinguished himself (1-0, 39th), scoring his fifth goal since the start of the competition.
Forced to score to stay alive in the tournament, Cape Verde proved dangerous at the end of the first period. Upon returning from the locker room, Garry Rodrigues, who entered at the break, saved the day (53rd, 1-1) in order to maintain the hope of qualification.
Burkina Faso took second place in this same pool despite their draw (1-1) against Ethiopia. Like the Cameroonians, the Burkinabe group initially led to the score (24th, 1-0) before seeing their opponents come back to score following the conversion of a penalty by Getaneh Kebede (51st, 1-1) , obtained on a hand fault in the area.
A sufficient result for the partners of Bertrand Traoré, who narrowly obtain their precious sesame, thanks to a better goal difference than the Cape Verdeans.
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With four points, Cape Verde can still hope to reach the round of 16 by finishing among the best third in the group stage. It’s over, however, for the Ethiopians, who leave the competition with one point.