AFCON 2017: Scores, Results, Standings and Updated Schedule After Sunday

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2017

Gabon's forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts at the end of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group A football match between Cameroon and Gabon at the Stade de l'Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on January 22, 2017. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS        (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images

Hosts Gabon were eliminated from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday as they drew 0-0 with Cameroon, leaving them third in Group A.

Burkina Faso's 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau sees them win the group and qualify, as the Indomitable Lions claimed second place.

Gabon become only the third home nation in history to be eliminated in the opening group stages of competition, per BBC Sport.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a great chance to save his country's ambitions, but the world-class striker could not find the net.

Here are Sunday's results and latest standings from Group A:

AFCON 2017: Sunday's Group A Results
Cameroon0-0Gabon
Guinea-Bissau0-2Burkina Faso
BBC Sport
AFCON 2017: Group A Standings
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Burkina Faso31204225
2Cameroon31203215
3Gabon (H)30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301225-31
BBC Sport

 

Sunday Recap

Gabon's forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts at the end of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group A football match between Cameroon and Gabon at the Stade de l'Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on January 22, 2017. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS        (Photo
GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images

Aubameyang could not save the hosts against Cameroon, with Gabon earning only a third straight draw of the competition in a goalless affair.

Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa was the busier of the two stoppers, denying the Borussia Dortmund hitman and team-mate Denis Bouanga.

The Indomitable Lions knew a draw would be enough to keep their noses ahead of the Panthers in the group, and they stage-managed their tactics to produce a result.

Bouanga was denied a dramatic winner in the final seconds that would have seen the hosts claim a qualifying berth, but his effort crashed off the post.

Burkina Faso won the group in style, defeating Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in a composed performance.

The winners were given a gift in the 11th minute as Rudinilson Silva headed an own goal past onrushing goalkeeper Jonas Mendes.

Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore, on loan at Ajax, made sure of victory shortly before the hour mark, finishing with ease as he remained cool and calm.

Guinea-Bissau's midfielder Sana (R) challenges Burkina Faso's forward Bertrand Traore during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group A football match between Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso in Franceville on January 22, 2017. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI        (Ph
KHALED DESOUKI/Getty Images

The Stallions prevailed as their opponents struggled in attack late in the game after a promising start.

Piqueti had Guinea-Bissau's best opportunity, but the Braga winger lost concentration at the vital moment, spurning the chance of an equaliser.

Gabon's elimination is a shock, but they relied too heavily on Aubameyang to provide the magic.

The host nation struggled throughout the competition, and they were punished by disciplined opponents, who shut the door on their ambitions.

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