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AFCON2017: Burkina Faso earn hard-fought draw against Cameroon

AFCON2017: Burkina Faso earn hard-fought draw against Cameroon

Four-time African Champions Cameroo, were denied victory in the opening day of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, after Issoufou Dayo’s goal in the 75th minute cancelled out Benjamin Moukandjo superb free-kick in the first half.

Burkina Faso star Jonathan Pitroipa strikes at goal but he is denied by the goalkeeper

Burkina Faso star Jonathan Pitroipa strikes at goal but he is denied by the goalkeeper

Although Cameroon remain unbeaten against Burkina Faso in six matches, the Indomitable Lions will rue their inability to finish off their opponent when they had chances to do so.

Cameroon player rises high to nod the ball

Cameroon player rises high to nod the ball

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Unlike the earlier game between hosts Gabon and Guinea-Bissau, this match had plenty of action.

However, the first goal of the game came in the 35th minute after FC Lorient forward Benjamin Moukandjo superbly curled a free-kick into the left corner.

Moukandjo celebrates after scoring a sublime free-kick

Moukandjo celebrates after scoring a sublime free-kick

The Indomitable Lions had numerous chances afterwards to finish off their opponent with the best falling to Clinton N'Jie who shot wide from six yards.

The Burkinabe took full advantage of Cameroon’s missed chances when goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa could only parry a free-kick, before Issoufou Dayo nodded in the leveller with 15th minutes left to go.

Dayo nods home the equalizer for Burkina-Faso

Dayo nods home the equalizer for Burkina-Faso

The goal throws Group A open with all teams having one point and the same goal difference.

Recall that in the first game of the group, Juary Soares’ stoppage-time header cancelled out Pierre Emeric Aubameyang’s goal.

AFCON 2017 action continues tomorrow in Group B with Algeria taking on Tunisia while Zimbabwe take on Senegal.

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