Afcon 2021: Gabon edge past debutants Comoros

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Aaron BoupendzaAaron Boupendza scored his fifth goal for Gabon

Aaron Boupendza's first-half finish was the difference as Gabon edged past Africa Cup of Nations debutants Comoros in Group C.

Gabon forward Louis Ameka latched on to a loose ball before playing in Boupendza to strike from a tight angle after 16 minutes.

In the second half Gabon's Denis Bouanga twice forced Comoros keeper Ali Ahamada into fine reaction saves.

Comoros created little in response as the West Africans cruised to victory.

Gabon now sit joint-top of Group C after Sofiane Boufal's 83rd-minute strike had earlier handed Morocco a narrow win over Ghana.

Comoros, the Island nation in the Indian Ocean who qualified ahead of Kenya and Togo, dominated proceedings before Gabon's opener against the run of play.

But once the two-time quarter-finalists went in front it was one-way traffic, even without star player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who missed this match after testing positive for Covid-19.

Comoros did cause one scare late in the second half when Gabon keeper Jean-Noel Amonome shovelled a long-range shot narrowly past his right-hand post.

They face Morocco on Friday (16:00 GMT) before Gabon play Ghana (19:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Comoros

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 23Ahamada
  • 2Abdallah
  • 4Zahary
  • 12M'Dahoma
  • 26Mohamed
  • 13AbdullahSubstituted forMogniat 78'minutes
  • 19Youssouf
  • 22Bakari
  • 10M'Changama
  • 15Youssouf
  • 21Ben Nabouhane

Substitutes

  • 1Ben Boina
  • 3Alhadhur
  • 5Ali Mohamed
  • 6Abdou
  • 8Bachirou
  • 9M'Changama
  • 11Aboubakari
  • 18Bourhane
  • 20Mogni
  • 24Mattoir
  • 25Moussa
  • 27Ahamada

Gabon

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Amonome
  • 4Obissa
  • 8Palun
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 6Obiang
  • 12Kanga
  • 17Biyogo Poko
  • 14Ameka
  • 7BoupendzaSubstituted forSambissaat 78'minutes
  • 20Bouanga
  • 11Allevinah

Substitutes

  • 2Moucketou-Moussounda
  • 3Oyono
  • 15Eneme-Ella
  • 16Mfa Mezui
  • 19Martinsson-Ngouali
  • 21Noubi Fotso
  • 22Ndzengue
  • 24Sambissa
  • 25Assoumou
  • 26Biteghé
  • 27Nguema
  • 28N’Gakoutou-Yapende

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Comoros 0, Gabon 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Comoros 0, Gabon 1.

  3. Substitution, Gabon. David Sambissa replaces Aaron Salem Boupendza.

  4. Substitution, Comoros. Ahmed Mogni replaces Rafidine Abdullah.

  5. Second Half begins Comoros 0, Gabon 1.

  6. First Half ends, Comoros 0, Gabon 1.

  7. Goal! Comoros 0, Gabon 1. Aaron Salem Boupendza (Gabon).

  8. Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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