Cameroon beat 4-1 Ethiopia to advance
Cameroon beat Ethiopia 4-1 on Thursday night to become the first team to advance for the Last 16.
Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, along with Jean-Charles Castelletto and Martin Hongla, were all recalled from the 2-1 win against Burkina Faso.
Dewa Hotessa scored in the fourth minute after Amanuel Gebremichael crossed found him unmarked inside the area.
Nevertheless, Cameroon equalized four minutes later via Olympique Lyonnais forward Karl Toko Ekambi, who headed home Collins Fai’s cross.
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Cape Verde was defeated by Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso beat Cape Verde 1-0 on Thursday night to win their first Group A match.
In attack, Hassane Bande replaced captain and Aston Villa midfielder Bertrand Traore, while former Dijon striker Julio Tavares spearheaded Cape Verde’s frontline.
In the 15th minute, Issa Kabore fell down under a tackle in the box, but the referee did not consult the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Just before halftime, Bande was in the right position at the right time to convert a close-range cross from Kabore.
In the 63rd minute, Garry Rodrigues had an opportunity to equalize, but Herve Koffi stopped his attempt.
Burkina Faso then made two changes, replacing Gustavo Sangare and Abdoul Tapsoba with Ismahila Ouedraogo and Zakaria Sanogo.
The Stallions weathered the storm in the last minutes, looking for opportunities on counter-attacks, and hung on to win their first match, level on points with Cape Verde in Group A.