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Cameroon 4-1 Ethiopia: Vincent Aboubakar signs another brace as hosts secure CAN knockout berth

The hosts certainly didn’t go their way, as Dawa Hotessa put Ethiopia in the lead from the start, but Karl Toko Ekambi got Cameroon back on their feet.

A brace after the break from Aboubakar and a second goal from Ekambi concluded the result after a brilliant performance in the second half, as Cameroon became the first team to reserve their place in the round of 16.

Ethiopia surprised home fans after just four minutes by scoring their first goal of the tournament.

Amanuel Gebremichael had space on the right wing, he played a low cross into the box and Hotessa swept him past Andre Onana for a first shock.

It did not take long for Cameroon to respond. Vincent Aboubakar’s strike was postponed in favor of Collins Fai. He hung a nice ball on Ekambi’s head, who gave him a sign that it was home.

The frenzied start to the game continued, with three yellow cards in the first 15 minutes, before Gebremichael had a well-blocked shot.

Hotessa really should have put Ethiopia back in the lead, when Onana’s rescue bounced straight back to him, but he couldn’t get back into place in time to finish in an empty net.

Moumi Ngamaleu had the ball in the net for Cameroon but was well offside, while Ekambi nearly doubled his score but saw his lead cannon retreat from the post as a thrilling 45-minute first level ended.

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