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Cameroon wasn’t about to let Guinea-Bissau produce one of the greatest upsets in the history of African football.
On Wednesday, at Stade de l’Amitie, Cameroon manufactured a second-half comeback to beat Guinea-Bissau 2-1 and go top of Group A at the Africa Cup of Nations.
At the interval, Guinea-Bissau, a sub-Sahran country that ranks 178th out of 188 in the United Nations’ Human Development Index, boasted a one-goal lead and was one half away from earning its first-ever victory at a major tournament. The Wild Dogs opened the scoring in the 13th minute, when Piquieti embarked on a one-man run, running the length of the pitch, and scoring the Africa Cup of Nations’ best goal so far.
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But in the second half, Cameroon wasted no time getting its act together, as the Indomitable Lions restored parity in the 48th minute through a 25-yard shot from Sebastien Siani.
Then, in the 78th minute, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui broke the hearts of all 1.7 million of Guinea-Bissau’s inhabitants, hammering a shot past Jonas Mendes to lift Cameroon to victory.