African Nations Cup review

Gabon win group, Morocco beat Niger

January 31, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his third goal in as many games as co-hosts Gabon confirmed top spot in Group C with a 1-0 win over Tunisia in the Africa Nations Cup in Libreville.

Gabon celebrate Pierre Aubameyang's goal and a 100% record
GettyImagesGabon celebrate Pierre Aubameyang's goal and a 100% record

Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute to ensure his nation will stay in their capital city for the quarter-finals. Tunisia, as runners-up in the group, will also qualify.

Morocco registered their first victory in the tournament - a 1-0 win against Niger - but it did little more than restore some pride as they exited the competition along with their Group C opponents in Libreville.

Both sides had lost their first two matches, meaning this encounter was a dead rubber, and so it was no surprise the match lacked real incident.

Younes Belhanda's goal 11 minutes from time proved decisive, the Montpellier midfielder converting a pass from Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh.

It meant Niger's debut in the tournament ended with just a single goal and no points from their three games.