2017 AFCON: GABON 1-1 BURKINA FASO - AS IT HAPPENED

2017 AFCON: GABON 1-1 BURKINA FASO - AS IT HAPPENED
Pierre Aubameyang of Gabon fouled by Herve Koffi of Burkina Faso resulting in penalty during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Gabon and Burkina Faso at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 18 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jan 18, 2017. 20:15

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group A game between Gabon and Burkina Faso at Stade de l'Amitié, Libreville on Wednesday, January 18.

Line Ups:

Gabon XI: Ovono, Appindangoye, Ecuele, Obiang, Palun, Poko, Tandjigora, Ndong, Evouna, Bouanga, Aubameyang.

Burkina Faso XI: Koffi, Kone, Malo, Dayo, Coulibaly, Razack, Traore, Pitroipa, Kabore, Diawara, Zongo.

COMMENTARY:

95' - Full-Time: Thank you for joining us for the Group A game between Gabon and Burkina Faso which ended in a 1-1 stalemate. The two sides have now recorded two consecutive 1-1 draws.

92' - Gabon have a chance to grab the winning goal from a free-kick, but Bouanga's delivery is poor.

90' - Four minutes added.

85' - Diawara goes down in the Gabonese box and shouts for a penalty, but the referee Essrayri from Tunisia ignores him.

80' - Less than ten minutes left on the clock and both sides are pushing for the winning goal.

77'- Burkina Faso sub: Bouba replaces Alain Traore. That's Burkina Faso's last change.

75' - Gabon sub: Kevyn replaces Poko, who has been lively for the Panthers.

70' - It is still 1-1 with less than 20 minutes left on the clock.

66' Gabon sub: Ngoulai comes on for Tandjigora, who is also injured. That's Gabon's second sub.

65' - Manga does well to stop Stallions goalscorer Nakoulma, who has been thorn in the Gabonese defence thus far.

60' - GOOD SAVE! Ovono produces a great save pushing away Burkina Faso striker Diawara's deflected free-kick.

55' Burkina Faso sub: Bertrand Traore replaces Zongo, who has sustained an injury.

50' - The Panthers launch a quick counter attack through Aubameyang, but the striker's pass to Evouna is poor and the Stallions clear their lines.

46' - The second-half is underway here at the Stade de l'Amitié.

HALF-TIME Gabon 1-1 Burkina Faso.

43' - Burkina Faso looking to contain Gabon with the half-time break fast approaching.

40' - Poko's cross finds his Gabon teammate Manga in the box, but the latter heads wide of the target as the Panthers look to take the lead.

37'- GOAL! Aubameyang makes it 1-1 for Gabon from the spot-kick.

35' - PENALTY! Burkina Faso keeper Koffi fouls Aubameyang in the box and the referee points to the spot-kick. Koffi is also booked.

34' - Gabon sub: Ze Ondo replaces Obiang as the Panthers make their first change.

32' - Gabon defender Obiang goes down injured and play is stopped as the player receives treatment.

30' - Gabon defender Poko makes a great tackle to stop goalscorer Nakoulma as we reach the half-hour mark and it remains 1-0 to Burkina Faso.

25' - The tournament hosts Gabon are under pressure now as the Stallions look to double their lead.

23' - GOAL! Nakoulma makes it 1-0 to Burkina Faso. The winger beat two defenders, before firing past Ovono.

20' - Both teams are searching for their first win of the tournament today after recording 1-1 draws in their first Group A games.

15' - GOOD SAVE! Burkina Faso forward Alain Traore forces Gabon goalkeeper Ovono into a good save - following a quick move by the Stallions.

13' - The Panthers of Gabon have enjoyed more possession thus far as they look to find the opening goal.

10' - Burkina Faso sub: Nakoulma comes on for Pitroipa, who twisted his ankle.

5'- Gabon are awarded a free-kick near the Burkina Faso box and Aubameyang steps up and fires over the crossbar.

1' - The match is underway here at the Stade de l'Amitié.

The last time Gabon and Burkina Faso met was in 2013. The Stallions of Burkina Faso beat Gabon's Panthers 1-0 thanks to Prejudice Nakoulma's goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier played in Ouagadougou.




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