Stunning Cameroon comeback sees hosts clinch AFCON third place

Hosts Cameroon produced a dramatic comeback from 3-0 down to beat Burkina Faso on penalties and secure third place in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Indomitable Lions were back in action barely 48 hours after their semi-final shootout heartbreak against Egypt.

Having looked well off the pace as Burkina Faso made the most of their opportunities, a late double from captain Vincent Aboubakar meant the match would again be decided from the spot.

Goalkeeper Andre Onana, who had earlier scored a bizarre own goal, made the crucial save and defender Ambroise Oyongo then slotted in his penalty to give Cameroon a 5-3 victory.

The Burkinabe, beaten 3-1 by Senegal in their semi-final, had made a bright start in Yaounde.

Defender Edmond Tapsoba sent an early header wide before goalkeeper Farid Ouedraogo saved from Cameroon midfielder Jean Onana.

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Ambroise Oyongo scored the winning penalty in the shootout as Cameroon finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations

The hosts fell behind in the 24th minute when a deep cross from the right was drilled into the roof of the net by full-back Steeve Yago as he arrived at the far post.

Burkina Faso went further ahead just before half-time through an unfortunate own goal from Andre Onana.

Issa Kabore chased what looked a lost cause down the right before hooking a cross back from the byline and the ball squirmed through the keeper’s arms and then off his chest before sneaking in at the near post.

There was a VAR check to see if the ball had rolled out of play, but the goal was allowed to stand.

Farid Ouedraogo’s spectacular mistake saw Cameroon come from 3-0 down to equalise against Burkina Faso in their third place play-off

It got worse for Cameroon four minutes after the restart when Aston Villa midfielder Bertrand Traore sent over a cross which Djibril Ouattara met with a towering header.

The game appeared beyond Cameroon, only for the hosts to mount a remarkable comeback.

Stephane Bahoken looked to have scored nothing more than a consolation with 20 minutes left.

However, in the 85th minute, Aboubakar pulled another goal back when he headed in from a corner.

The Cameroon skipper then knocked home a dramatic equaliser with two minutes to go after the Burkina Faso keeper had clattered into a defender and the ball dropped to him in the penalty area.

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Andre Onana somehow let Issa Kabore’s cross into his net as Burkina Faso doubled their advantage over Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations

There was a lengthy VAR check as Ouedraogo received extensive treatment before eventually being substituted, but the goal stood.

With no extra-time, the match went straight to penalties.

Ajax keeper Andre Onana proved the hero, saving from Ibrahim Toure, before full-back Oyongo rolled in the winning penalty to spark wild celebrations on the pitch and among the home support in the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

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