After a pulsating start to the Africa Cup of Nations, hosts Cameroon notched a 2-1 comeback victory over Burkinafaso thanks to a brace from captain of the side Vincent Aboubakar

The host nation fell behind 24 minutes into the tournament when Gustavo Sangare bagged the tournament’s opening goal with a brilliant volley.

Gustavo Sangare bolts away to celebrate his opener vs Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations
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The forward latched on to a beautiful cross swept in by Aston Villa’s Bertrand Traore which went past the aspiring hands of goalie Andre Onana.

Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Cameroon were allowed to find a way back into the game in the first half through Vincent Aboubakar after a stuttering run-up buried his penalty in the bottom corner.

Traged soon struck again in the first half for The Stallions of Burkinafaso as Dayo slidtackled Cameroon’s Nouhou after a quick break down the left.

Again Vincent Aboubakar buried his 27th goal for the national team from the spot changing the direction to the left to hand the five-time winners the lead.

Cameroon celebrate their halftime lead Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Burkinafaso almost got an equalizer through Traore whose 52nd minute free-kick was cleared off twice with Onana called into action from point-blank range.

Six minutes later Cameroon got a third of the game and Aboubakar could have gotten himself a hat trick but the VAR said otherwise and referee Mustapha Ghorbal ruled out the goal for offside.

Referee Mustapha Ghorbal rules out Cameroon’s goal.
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In the other game played on Sunday, Cape Verde got their first nations cup victory since 2013 courtesy of Tavares.

Cameroon and Cape Verde both have three points and are first and second respectively.