Match Report: Cameroon beats Gambia to succeed in semifinals

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The hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations continue their quest for glory with a game against minnows Gambia this afternoon.

Japoma Stadium in Douala hosts the Lions’ quarter-final tie with the lowest-ranked side that qualified for the tournament, with the West Africans 150th in the world and enjoying their AFCON debut.

Match Report: Cameroon beats Gambia to succeed in semifinals

Karl Toko Ekambi has now scored five goals within the ongoing AFCON.

Karl Toko Ekambi scored two second-half goals as hosts Cameroon beat Gambia to maneuver into the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of countries .

Toko Ekambi headed his country ahead within the 50th minute, glancing in from Collins Fai’s right-wing cross.

It became 2-0 seven minutes later with Toko Ekambi finishing at the rear post following Martin Hongla’s low delivery.

Cameroon will play either Egypt or Morocco within the semi-final on Thursday, with the ultimate next Sunday.

The Gambia were competing within the tournament for the primary time and beat Mauritania and Tunisia within the group phase to succeed in the knockout stages, before eliminating Guinea within the last 16.

But, ahead of a fanatical home crowd at Japoma Stadium in Douala, Gambia were outclassed and will have fallen behind within the half .

Fai fired into the side-netting from 30 yards before Vincent Aboubakar – the tournament’s leading goalscorer with six – glanced a header just wide, and was then denied from another close-range header as goalkeeper Baboucarr Gaye produced a superb save.

However, The Gambia’s resistance was broken early within the last half as Toko Ekambi rose above defender James Gomez to go five-time Afcon winners Cameroon into the lead together with his fourth goal of the tournament.

His fifth came shortly afterward when he got on the top of Hongla’s inviting cross.

The other semi-final will see the winners of Saturday’s second match, Burkina Faso v Tunisia, play either Senegal or Equatorial Guinea – thereupon quarter-final tie survive BBC Two from 18:45 GMT on Sunday. Both semi-finals and therefore the final also will be survive the BBC.

cameroon were playing for the primary time since eight supporters, including an eight-year-old boy, lost their lives during a crush outside Olembe stadium in Yaounde on Monday before the last-16 convert Comoros.

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