Afcon 2021: Hosts Cameroon reach knockout stage with 4-1 defeat of Ethiopia
Vincent Aboubakar leads the Nations Cup scoring charts with four targets from his first two games

Hosts Cameroon grew to change into the principle group to qualify for the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations with an emphatic 4-1 take over Ethiopia in Community A.

Forwards Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko-Ekambi scored twice every after Ethiopia took an early lead in Yaounde.

Hotessa Dawa slid home after four minutes nonetheless the hosts were stage after eight as Toko-Ekambi headed home.

In the 2d half of, Aboubakar struck twice, and Lyon’s Toko-Ekambi then added his 2d after 67 minutes.

Cameroon are obvious to qualify for the following stage as thought to be some of the correct four third-positioned sides no longer no longer as a lot as, nonetheless will take their neighborhood within the occasion that they steer obvious of defeat in opposition to Cape Verde on Monday.

After scoring two penalties as the Burkinabe were overwhelmed 2-1 on the opening day, Cameroon captain Aboubakar is the match’s prime scorer – along with his header and faucet-in taking him to four targets.

He now has a file of 5 targets from 10 Nations Cup games, a marked enchancment from his first eight games, which produced merely one goal – the winner itself within the 2017 last.

The Indomitable Lions, who are seeking a sixth Nations Cup title for Cameroon, enjoy now won six games in a row – and enjoy each and every ft within the last 16, with six components to their title.

Lions advise bite

Cameroon needed to work onerous to true their 2-1 take in opposition to Burkina Faso, using their luck at cases sooner than the Stallions ran out of vitality and tips.

As they did on Sunday, coach Toni Conceicao’s facet needed to return from slack to take nonetheless this time they were convincing victors as their array of Europe-based mostly mostly stars overpowered a facet whose avid gamers are all based mostly mostly in Ethiopia’s home league.

Hotessa’s early goal, even supposing, confirmed varied teams that Cameroon’s defence could most likely per chance moreover be uncovered, as Collins Fai switched off and allowed the Ethiopia striker to salvage ahead of him and faucet home Amanuel Gebremichael’s low negative.

However the comeback modified into impressive as all three of Cameroon’s forwards were all for their instantaneous equaliser.

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Aboubakar blended – sooner than the latter’s fiercely struck nonetheless effectively-saved shot spilled to Fai, who atoned for his error when finding Toko-Ekambi with a supreme negative to originate it 1-1.

Karl Toko-Ekambi celebrates thought to be one of his two targets in opposition to Ethiopia

As within the principle interval, Cameroon wished merely eight minutes to rating as soon as the 2d got beneath methodology, and Fai modified into at it over again – floating in a single other plod-supreme supply that Aboubakar gobbled up in acquainted vogue, heading down and firmly past the keeper.

Reliable two minutes later, it modified into 3-1 as Aboubakar confirmed his vitality on the ground this time, charging forward to bustle home a low negative along the six-yard box from Moumi Ngameleu.

Toko-Ekambi grabbed his 2d as he latched on to an provocative circulate from impressive Napoli midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo-Anguissa sooner than turning interior two defenders and drilling home.

While Cameroon impressed with their vitality and free-flowing play, the scoreline modified into a small bit harsh on Ethiopia, who could most likely per chance most likely without yell enjoy ended the game with extra than one goal.

Each Abubeker Nasir and Hotessa wasted first rate opportunities within the principle half of with the latter moreover responsible of spurning a comely chance within the 2d half of.

Their most provocative 2d-half of different fell to Bezabih Melayu three minutes from time nonetheless he failed to hit the target with the goal gaping after the ball fell kindly to him within the box.

There modified into smooth time for merely-support Fai, who has never scored for Cameroon, to hit the put up, merely as Zambo-Anguissa did earlier in a game that entertained from the launch up in Yaounde’s Olembe Stadium.

Line-ups

Cameroon

Formation 4-4-2

  • 24OnanaBooked at 88minutes
  • 19Fai
  • 21Castelletto
  • 5Ngadeu
  • 25ToloSubstituted forOyongoat 79′minutes
  • 3Moumi NgamaleuSubstituted forN’Jieat 69′minutes
  • 18HonglaBooked at 7mins
  • 8Zambo Anguissa
  • 12Toko EkambiSubstituted forGanagoat 70′minutes
  • 13Choupo-MotingSubstituted forLéa Silikiat 56′minutes
  • 10AboubakarSubstituted forBahokenat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Oyongo
  • 7N’Jie
  • 9Bahoken
  • 11Bassogog
  • 14Oum Gouet
  • 15Kunde
  • 16Epassy
  • 17Mbaïzo
  • 20Ganago
  • 22Onguéné
  • 23Omossola
  • 27Léa Siliki

Ethiopia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Shanko
  • 2Hamid
  • 15Tamene
  • 4Debebe
  • 20YusefSubstituted forReshidat 72′minutes
  • 7DagnachewBooked at 15minutesSubstituted forSolomonat 45′minutes
  • 8Yohannes
  • 3MohammedSubstituted forMelayuat 72′minutes
  • 11GebremichaelSubstituted forKebedeat 84′minutes
  • 10Nasir
  • 27HotessaSubstituted forGugesaat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Tassew
  • 5Yohannes
  • 6Panom
  • 9Kebede
  • 12Endashaw
  • 13Solomon
  • 17Melayu
  • 19Gugesa
  • 21Tonjo
  • 24Tafesse
  • 25Reshid
  • 26Kassim

Referee:
Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo

Reside Text

  1. Match ends, Cameroon 4, Ethiopia 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Cameroon 4, Ethiopia 1.

  3. Nook, Cameroon. Conceded by Mignot Debebe.

  4. Unpleasant by James Léa Siliki (Cameroon).

  5. Ahmed Reshid (Ethiopia) wins a free kick within the defensive half of.

  6. Collins Fai (Cameroon) hits the merely put up with a merely footed shot from exterior the box. Assisted by Ignatius Ganago.

  7. Clinton N’Jie (Cameroon) wins a free kick within the attacking half of.

  8. Unpleasant by Ahmed Reshid (Ethiopia).

  9. James Léa Siliki (Cameroon) wins a free kick within the defensive half of.

  10. Unpleasant by Amanuel Yohannes (Ethiopia).

  11. Unpleasant by James Léa Siliki (Cameroon).

  12. Ahmed Reshid (Ethiopia) wins a free kick within the defensive half of.

  13. André Onana (Cameroon) is proven the yellow card.

  14. Strive skipped over. Bezabih Melayu (Ethiopia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is simply too excessive.

  15. Strive blocked. Abubeker Nasir (Ethiopia) merely footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Getaneh Kebede.

  16. Unpleasant by Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon).

  17. Shemekit Gugesa (Ethiopia) wins a free kick on the merely hover.

  18. Strive skipped over. Martin Hongla (Cameroon) merely footed shot from the centre of the box is simply too excessive. Assisted by Jean-Charles Castelletto following a nook.

  19. Nook, Cameroon. Conceded by Aschalew Tamene.

  20. Strive blocked. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon) merely footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ignatius Ganago.

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