Lemina fires Gabon to victory

By SFC Media Tue 05 Sep International
Photo by Getty Images | Mario Lemina

Mario Lemina’s sensational goal helped Gabon keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive, with a 2-1 win away to Ivory Coast.

Just a few days after losing 3-0 at home to the same opponents, Lemina and his teammates went to Bouake and secured a memorable victory.

Saints midfielder Lemina provided the decisive moment for the Panthers, with a stunning 25-yard strike across goal that found the far corner in the 29th minute.

The goal followed Axel Meye’s 19th-minute effort, and, although Ivory Coast pulled one back just before the hour mark through Maxwell Cornet, the visitors held on.

The result means Gabon stay third in Group C of the African qualifying section, but they are now just two points behind Ivory Coast, ahead of their final two games, away to Morocco and home to Mali.

Only the group winners will advance to the 2018 finals, in Russia, but Gabon are very much part of the mix again now.