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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Chamakh's African Cup of setbacks

Morocco marksman Marouane Chamakh misfired, missing a key early chance, as his wasteful team slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat against North African rivals Tunisia in the second half of a Group C double bill.

By contrast, Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced one of the best individual performances at the Nations Cup so far during the co-hosts' 2-0 win over Niger in Libreville.

Aubameyang, the 22-year-old forward who plays in the French league for St Etienne, ghosted in at the back post to squeeze home a header for Gabon's first.

He then produced a diving header on the stroke of halftime to set up the second goal as Kassaly Daouda made a brilliant save, but the rebound fell perfectly for Stephane Nguema to net from close range. Morocco went down 2-1 to Tunisia as Arsenal striker Chamakh spurned a gilt-edged opportunity which proved to be a turning-point as Tunisia went ahead out of the blue when Saber Khelifa got the slightest of touches to a free-kick from Khaled Korbi in the 34th minute.

Morocco continued to create chances but were caught again when substitute Youssef Msakni scored a superb individual goal in the 77th minute. Captain Houcine Kharjah pulled one back for Morocco in the 86th minute.

LIVE TODAY ON EUROSPORT: GHANA v BOTSWANA (4.0pm);

MALI v GUINEA (7.0pm)

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