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Gabon Advance After Thrilling Win

African Nations Championships

Result: Mauritania 2-4 Gabon

Date: 22 January 2014

Venue: Free State Stadium

Gabon secured their passage into the African Nations Championships quarterfinal with a 4-2 victory over Mauritania at the Free State Stadium.

Mauritania nearly took the lead juts after 23 seconds after Moulaye Khalil was left one one one with Stephane Moto, who did well to deny the striker.

Moulaye Khalil gave Mauritania the lead in the third minute after the striker managed to outpace the Gabon defence, before smashing past Moto.

three minutes later and Gabon equalsied through Duval Nzembi's close range header, following a cross from Idrissa wade.

Franck Engonga nearly doubled Gabon's lead in the ninth minute, but the midfielder's effort could only find the side netting.

Chieka Lekneiver tried his luck with a free kick from distance in the 33rd minute, but the midfielder fired his effort straight at Moto.

In the 35th minute Daniel Cousin came close to giving Gabon the lead, as the striker smashed his effort against upright, after being picked out by Wade. 

Cyrille Avebe came close just before the halftime break as the defender's volley from range went just wide of Boubacar Toure's post.

Boubaca Coulibaly nearly gave Mauritania the just after the halftime break, the midfielder did well evade two Gabonese defenders before shooting just wide from the edge of the area.

Khalil came close in the 51st minute, but the striker's effort was palmed away by Moto.

Aaron Appindangoye nearly found the back of the net with a powerful free kick, but Toure did well to parry the shot out for a corner.

Khalil got his and Mauritania's second of the night in the 64th minute, the striker managed to outpace the Gabonese defence once again, before rounding the onrushing Moto and calmly slotting into an empty net.

Boubacar Toure pulled a brilliant double save to deny Gabon from equalising on the 69th minute, firstly denying Samson Mbingui from the edge of the area and then Romuald Ntsitsigui from close range.

Ntsitsigui came close to leveling matters for Gabon in the 74th minute, but the midfielder's stinging effort came crashing off the woodwork.

Aaron Appindangoye eqaulised for Gabon in the 85th minute with a thumping header past Toure.

The upright denied Ntsitsigui once again in the 88th minute, after the midfieder did well dance his way into the box before firing a powerful left-footed which crashed into the woodwork.

Substitute Bonaventure Sokambi gave Gabon the lead in the 92nd minute with a long range effort which goalkeeper Boubacar Toure deflected into his own net.

Sokambi sealed the win from the penalty spot after Samson Mbingui was brought down in the area.

Gabon will now face Libya in the quarterfinals.

Here's how they line up:

Gabon: Aaron Appidongoye, Edmond Mouele, Erwiun Nguema, Tchen Kabi, Romuakd Ewouta, Daniel Cousin, Samson Mbingui, Duval Filet Nzembi, Cyrille Avebe, Yves Bitseki Moto, Franck Obame

Mauritania: Boubacar Tour, Moussa Baghayoko, Mohamed Yakoub Ba, Moulaye Ahmed Khalil, El Mamy Traore, Abdellah Niass, Yacoub Fall, El Hacen El Id, Abdel Aziz Lo,Cheikhna Veraji , Abdoulaye Gueye

By Soccer-Laduma

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Starting XI: Mauritania v Gabon

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