Juary cancels out Aubameyang’s goal to grab a 1-1 draw

Welcome to the opening match between hosts Gabon and Guinea-Bissau in Libreville a Group A clash at the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

While the pressure rests on the shoulders of Gabon’s in-form striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinea-Bissau will look to shake off their early jitters as they make their debut in the Afcon cup.

Gabon lineup:
D.Ovono
Appindangoye
Ecuele M
Obiang
Palun
Tandjigora
Lemina
Ndong
Evuna
Aubameyang
Bouanga

Guinea-Bissau lineup:
Jonas
Dabo
Rudinilson
Juary
Soares
Zezinho
Santos
Nanissio
Brito
Camara
Mario

Play-by-play:

Full time - (GAB 1-1 GNB)

GAB 1-1 GNB

90’ GOAL! GNB’s Juary scores with a glancing header from a long ball played into the box from a free-kick

87’ GAB with their final change. Angoue on for Evouna

86’ GNB pushing forward in the final minutes for the equaliser

83’ GAB with a second change and introduce the fresh legs of Biyogo Poko for Dabo

75’ Soares gets a yellow card for a foul on Bouanga

74’ Final change for GNB. Djalo Balde on for Santos

72’ First change for the hosts. Kanga on for Lemina

71’ GNB’s Brito gets away from his marker on the edge of the box, his shot goes straight into the arms of Ovono

68’ Lemina flights a cross into the danger area but Auba’s volley rockets over the crossbar

67’ GNB fighting for every inch of space on the field as they look for a response

65’ Second change for GNB. Mendy on for Camara

64’ Nanissio with a swift run down the left flank, one-on-one, cuts in past his marker, but his shot gets blocked

60’ First substitution of the game. GNB Djassi on for Mario

59’ Jonas collects the ball and goes with a long hopeful ball up front

57’ Corner for GAB as they look to add to their tally

GAB 1-0 GNB

51’ GOAL! Aubameyang scores (Bouanga sets him up with a ball across the face of goal)

48’ GAB Bouanga turns his marker on the edge of the box, shoots, his shot tipped over the bar

45’ GAB with an early corner, Jonas comes out to collect the long ball into the area

Second half underway

Gabon marksman Auba has been tightly marked and restricted in the final third. His attacking team-mates are unable to make the most from their extra space and time on the ball.

The 22-year-old Bouanga made his debut in the Afcon but has been let down on occasion with a poor first touch.

Guinea-Bissau sat deep but too slow to get numbers forward on the counter-attack.

Halftime: GAB 0-0 GNB

45’ Zezinho with long range effort which is cleared out for a corner. GNB unable to utilise the corner set piece

44’ Tandjigora with a wild tackle on GNB’s Santos in the middle of the park

42’ GNB with a counter-attack, Brito with a good first touch on the edge of the box but yet again they can’t find the target

40’ GAB’s Bouanga with a long ball into the box from a free kick, and Lemina unable hit the target with a headed attempt from 7 yards

33’ GAB attackers look disjointed in the final third, coach Jose Antnio Camacho Alfaro instructs them to be more patient on the ball

32’ GNB Nanissio picks up the second ball on the edge of the box, his shot also goes wide of goal

30’ GNB captain Zezinho retrieves the ball in the middle of the park, makes a run forward but his 30-yard strike goes well wide of goal

29’ GAB unable to utilise the corner situation

27’ GAB Palun beats his marker down the right, cuts into the box, but his cross cleared out for a corner

26’ Foul on GNA’s Nanissio as they battle for possession in the middle of the pitch

22’ The home side starting to pick up the pace

20’ Evouna on the ball inside the box and shoots just wide of goal

19’ Aubameyang with a cross from the right but Evouna failed to make contact with a headed attempt

18’ Bouanga from GAB takes on three players on the edge of the box, fires a shot but his shot gets blocked

16’ Fairly open game in the opening quarter, GNB doing a great job to keep Aubameyang at bay

13’ GAB with an attack down the right flank, Evouna gets the cross into the box but Jonas comes out to collect it

12’ GNB gaining confidence on the ball with every minute

8’ Camara from GNB with a swift run down the right side but unable to get the cross into the area, counter-attack wasted

5’ GAB’s Tandjigora with a tame shot from the edge of the box, easy pickup for Jonas

4’ Guinea-Bissau (GNB) sit deep in their defensive third, not overcommitting

2’ Gabon (GAB) in possession and happy to play the ball around at the back

Match gets underway

GROUP A Pld Pts
Portugal 3 7
Mexico 3 7
Russia 3 3
New Zealand 3 0
GROUP B Pld Pts
Germany 3 7
Chile 3 5
Australia 3 2
Cameroon 2 1
GROUP C Pld Pts
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