CAN round-up: Gabon’s rising star Aubameyang steals the show again

Ahram Online, Wednesday 1 Feb 2012

Follow Ahram Online's selection of the best goal, player and catch of the day in addition to a brief overview of the African Cup of Nations 11th matchday

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Best player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)

The rising forward once again stole the show with a splendid performance, netting the winner in Gabon’s 1-0 victory over Tunisia which helped them finish on top of Group C with maximum nine points, three ahead of the second-placed North Africans.

The goal, which he scored two minutes past the hour mark, capped another impressive display by the 22-year-old, who plays for Saint-Etienne in the French Ligue1.

Watch Aubameyang’s goal

Best goal: Younes Belhanda (Morocco)

Belhanda’s goal 11 minutes from time gave already-eliminated Morocco a consolation 1-0 win over Niger, who had also exited the tournament before the game.

A long ball broke the offside trap and found Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, who fed Belhanda inside the area to fire a powerful shot into the roof of the net.

Watch Belhanda’s goal

Brief overview

Co-hosts Gabon, arguably the most attractive team in the tournament, continued their impressive run with a third consecutive victory, making the most of their pace and agility to down Tunisia in the last Group C game.

Belhanda spared the blushes of Morocco, one of the pre-tournament favourites, after netting a late winner against Niger.

Morocco were tipped to reach the latter stages of CAN due to the attractive brand of football they display but their surprise disappointing performances condemned them to an early exit.

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