Steeve Yago Picks Up The First Yellow Card Of African Cup Of Nations After 40 Seconds – SPORTbible

It took Burkina Faso’s Steeve Yago just 40 seconds to pick up the first yellow card of the African Cup of Nations, after a poor challenge on Collins Fai.

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With most of the continent’s best players ready to get underway, although not all of them, it was hosts Cameroon who had the honour of kicking things off, against Burkina Faso.

It took just 25 seconds from the opening whistle for the action to really get going, as Yago went in on Fai, with an extremely poor sliding challenge.

The referee had no problem issuing Yago with a yellow card, picking up the first caution of the tournament just over half a minute into proceedings, impressive!

On a day when football fans might have been hoping for more shocks from the FA Cup third round, especially with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool going behind to lower league opposition, Burkina Faso then delivered one by opening the scoring.

After just 24 minutes of the opening match, Gustavo Sangare opened the scoring with a brilliantly taken volley, following a passage of play that also saw his team hit the woodwork.

However, Kamou Malo’s side were unable to keep hold of their lead for too long, as Cameroon soon equalised from the penalty spot, in the 40th minute, with Vincent Aboubakar slotting it home.

Aston Villa’s Bertrand Traore, who set up his side’s goal, attempted to win the ball in the box but didn’t get to it and took out Fulham’s Andre Zambo Anguissa, with the referee eventually giving the decision after the VAR official told him to check the screen.

Cameroon had their second penalty of the game in injury time at the end of the first half, this time it was Issoufou Dayo’s to make a reckless challenge, and Aboubakar doubled his tally.

It’s been a hell of a hectic start to the tournament, may it continue throughout the month!

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