Africa Cup of Nations - Group F
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Africa Cup of Nations: Cameroon and Benin through after goalless draw

Benin supporters
The Benin supporters were out in full force in Ismaila

Defending champions Cameroon and Benin played out a goalless draw, allowing both sides to progress into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The result means Cameroon finished second in Group F to set up a tasty meeting with Nigeria.

Benin went through as one of the four best third-placed teams and will come up against Morocco.

Cameroon came closest to scoring but both Ambroise Oyongo and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting saw their efforts saved.

Goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe dived full length to his right to make two stunning fingertip saves in the opening period.

Benin's best chance fell to Stephane Sessegnon, but the former Sunderland and West Brom midfielder struck a free-kick narrowly wide.

Ghana beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 and will face the second-placed team from Group E. The final group games take place later on Tuesday with Mali already going through, while Tunisia, Angola and Mauritania all still in contention to progress.

Analysis

BBC World Service Sport's Ben Sutherland

At the final whistle, Benin's players sank to their knees and kissed the ground in celebration - while the referee looked to the skies, possibly to thank any passing deity that it was all over.

Benin came with one gameplan - do not let them score. That was it. And they did it, though they got a little nervy towards the end.

Benin's fans - especially the small army of brass-playing, yellow-shirted band members who danced for the full 90 minutes - were the best thing about the game; undeniably the most entertaining thing in the stadium.

This was a game in which Cameroon just knew they were better than Benin - but since they knew they were guaranteed group-toppers anyway, they just couldn't quite find the will to summon up the extra effort to put them away. We've all been there.

It does now mean though that their second round clash is with their fierce rivals Nigeria. It's a shame that one of them will go home early - but at least there is a massive tie now to make that new second round stage come alive.

Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert
Cameroon are managed by Clarence Seedorf (left) with former Netherlands international team-mate Patrick Kluivert his assistant

Line-ups

Benin

  • 16Allagbe
  • 2BarazéBooked at 54mins
  • 3Adénon
  • 6Verdon
  • 12Kiki
  • 8Adeoti
  • 20DossouSubstituted forSoukouat 68'minutes
  • 17Sessegnon
  • 18Seibou
  • 7DjiglaSubstituted forPotéat 76'minutes
  • 9MounieBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 1Farnolle
  • 4Anaane
  • 5Salomon
  • 10Poté
  • 11Imorou
  • 13Adilehou
  • 14Soukou
  • 15D'Almeida
  • 19Segbe Azankpo
  • 21Kossi
  • 22Fassinou
  • 23Kakpo

Cameroon

  • 1Onana
  • 2FaiBooked at 42minsSubstituted forN'Jieat 45'minutes
  • 5Ngadeu-Ngadjui
  • 4Banana
  • 6OyongoBooked at 90mins
  • 8Zambo AnguissaBooked at 77mins
  • 15Kunde
  • 10DjoumBooked at 20minsSubstituted forBoumalat 66'minutes
  • 13Choupo-Moting
  • 9Bahoken
  • 17Toko EkambiSubstituted forBassogogat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 7N'Jie
  • 11Bassogog
  • 12Dawa
  • 16Ondoa
  • 19Zoua
  • 20Boumal
  • 21Kaptoum
  • 22Kana-Biyik
  • 23Kameni
Referee:
Sadok Selmi
Attendance:
14,120

Match Stats

Home TeamBeninAway TeamCameroon
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away24

Live Text

Match ends, Benin 0, Cameroon 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Benin 0, Cameroon 0.

Foul by Pierre Kunde (Cameroon).

Stéphane Sessegnon (Benin) wins a free kick on the right wing.

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Mounie (Benin).

Booking

Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon).

Mickaël Poté (Benin) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Cebio Soukou (Benin) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Saturnin Allagbe.

Foul by Christian Bassogog (Cameroon).

Steve Mounie (Benin) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Khaled Adénon (Benin).

Foul by Christian Bassogog (Cameroon).

Khaled Adénon (Benin) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Christian Bassogog replaces Karl Toko Ekambi.

Foul by Yaya Banana (Cameroon).

Seidou Barazé (Benin) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Seidou Barazé.

Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon).

Enangon David Kiki (Benin) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Stéphane Sessegnon (Benin) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon).

Mickaël Poté (Benin) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Benin. Mickaël Poté replaces David Djigla.

Foul by Olivier Boumal (Cameroon).

David Djigla (Benin) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Cameroon. Pierre Kunde tries a through ball, but Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui is caught offside.

Olivier Boumal (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mama Seibou (Benin).

Substitution

Substitution, Benin. Cebio Soukou replaces Jodel Dossou.

Attempt missed. Olivier Boumal (Cameroon) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Clinton N'Jie (Cameroon) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high. Assisted by Pierre Kunde.

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Olivier Boumal replaces Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum.

Offside, Cameroon. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting tries a through ball, but Ambroise Oyongo is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Stéphane Bahoken (Cameroon).

Stéphane Sessegnon (Benin) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt33005059
2Uganda31113304
3DR Congo31024403
4Zimbabwe301216-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Madagascar32105237
2Nigeria32012206
3Guinea31114314
4Burundi300304-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria33006069
2Senegal32015146
3Kenya310237-43
4Tanzania300328-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco33003039
2Ivory Coast32015236
3South Africa310212-13
4Namibia300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali32106247
2Tunisia30302203
3Angola302112-12
4Mauritania302114-32

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana31204225
2Cameroon31202025
3Benin30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301204-41
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