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Gabon Draw 1 - 1 With Guinea-Bissau in First AFCON 2017 Match

Host nation Gabon drew against Guinea-Bissau in the first match of the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in the Gabonese capital Libreville. Guinea-Bissau, the smallest nation in this competition, therefore have a point in their first ever match at a major tournament.
The Gabon team scored its first goal through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 52nd minute.
A dramatic late equalizer earned unfancied Guinea-Bissau a 1-1 draw in what was its first ever game at an international tournament. Juary Soares was the man to claim the historic goal as he rose high above a tired looking Gabon defense to glance a header beyond goalkeeper Didier Ovono. The goal sparked wild celebrations from the visitors.

The stadium was almost full, but this wasn’t the case during the opening ceremony when it was half empty. Although Aubameyang opened the scoring just after halftime with a close range finish from Denis Bouanga's cross, the hosts seldom looked the better or more experienced side.
 

 

 

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