2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Third Place Match
  • Steeve Yago (24')
  • Andre Onana (43' OG)
  • Djibril Ouattara (49')
  • Stéphane Bahoken (71')
  • Vincent Aboubakar (85', 87')
Cameroon win 5-3 on penalties
Cameroon win 5-3 on penalties

Cameroon rally to win Africa Cup of Nations third-place game in shootout

Cameroon players celebrate after beating Burkina Faso in a shootout to take third place at the Africa Cup of Nations. Getty Images

Skipper Vincent Aboubakar scored two late goals as Cameroon staged an extraordinary comeback from three down against Burkina Faso to level the match and win third place on penalties at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.

The tournament hosts put together a thrilling recovery in the final 20 minutes at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium to force a draw and go on and win the third-place playoff game 5-3 in the resulting penalty shootout.

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Aboubakar was brought on at half-time as Cameroon played most of their unused squad players from the start and found themselves 2-0 down at the break.

A 28th-minute goal from defender Steeve Yago and an own goal from Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana on the stroke of half-time handed a Burkina a shock lead and Djibril Ouattara added a third early in the second half to the surprise of the home crowd.

But Cameroon pulled a goal back in the 71st minute through Stephane Bahoken in a melee following a corner before Aboubakar took advantage of two goalkeeping howlers to score twice in the space of two minutes in the 86th and 87th.

It means he ends the tournament on eight goals.

A stunning comeback was completed as Cameroon converted all their kicks in the shootout while Onana saved one from Blati Toure to ensure some consolation for the home country, days after they were eliminated on post-match penalties in the semi-final against Egypt.