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Gabon surge ahead

AFP
Published : Nov 16, 2015, 6:30 am IST
Updated : Nov 16, 2015, 6:30 am IST

Bundesliga star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted his penalty shootout kick on Saturday as Gabon became the first team to reach the third round of African 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Bundesliga star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted his penalty shootout kick on Saturday as Gabon became the first team to reach the third round of African 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Gabon beat Mozambique 4-3 on penalties following extra time in Libreville after Gabon won 1-0 to level the second-round tie at 1-1 on aggregate.

Aubameyang, who has scored 22 goals from 20 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions this season, missed the 1-0 away loss to Mozambique three days ago due to injury.

He did not score during the 120-minute second leg, but set up the only goal for Malick Evouna after four minutes at Stade L’amitie Sino Gabonaise.

A crowd that included President Ali Bongo Ondimba saw Aubameyang dart down the left side and cross for Evouna to calmly fire the ball past goalkeeper Soarito and several defenders.

Soarito produced several fine saves before Mozambique came close to equalising seconds from the end of regular time when Gildo struck the base of the post..

After 30 tense, unexciting minutes of extra time, Gabon goalkeeper Didier Ovono saved two shootout kicks before Aubameyang hammered his high into the left corner. A further five second legs matches are scheduled for Sunday and 14 for Tuesday.

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