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January 17, 2015

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Gabon beat Burkina Faso 2-0 at the African Cup of Nations on Saturday, with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring one and setting up the second against the 2013 finalist.

Gabon's rapid start saw it go top of Group A after the first day of matches, and sent Burkina Faso to the bottom.

Host Equatorial Guinea earlier drew 1-1 with Republic of Congo, also at Bata Stadium.

Aubameyang kept his composure to sweep a shot into the roof of the net in the 19th minute after his initial effort was blocked. He crossed for Malick Evouna to head in the second in the 72nd, sealing victory and delighting the drum-banging fans who made the trip across the border from neighboring Gabon.

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