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Eto'o sends Cameroon top of group

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  • Samuel Eto'o and Jean Makoun help Cameroon record a 2-1 win over Gabon
  • Gabon striker Daniel Cousin pulls a goal back late in the game for the visitors
  • Cameroon move above Gabon to the top of their World Cup qualifying group
  • Senegal drew 0-0 with China and Ghana lost 4-3 to Japan in friendly matches
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(CNN) -- Samuel Eto'o and Jean Makoun both found the net to give Cameroon a 2-1 victory over Gabon to put the Indomitable Lions top of Africa's 2010 World Cup qualifying Group A.

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o.

Striker Samuel Eto'o scored in the second half to help Cameroon to a 2-1 win over Gabon in Yaounde.

Lyon midfielder Makoun opened the scoring after 24 minutes in Yaounde when he fired a free-kick past Gabon goalkeeper Didier Ovono.

Cameroon continued to control the majority of the play in the first half but were forced to wait until the second before they could double their advantage.

Pierre Webo saw his shot parried by Ovono in the 64th minute allowing Inter Milan striker Eto'o, named captain for the second consecutive match, to knock in the rebound with a diving header from close range.

Paul Le Guen's side seemed to be coasting to victory until substitute Daniel Cousin pulled a goal back for Gabon in the first minute of added time to ensure a tense finale.

The Hull City forward broke down the left flank and drilled a powerful, low shot just inside Cameroon goalkeeper Idris Kameni's far post.

Cousin then almost rescued a point for his side when he won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area in the dying moments of the game but could only rifle the resulting shot over the bar.

Cameroon, who won 2-0 away in Gabon last Saturday, leapfrogged their opponents by a point to move into top spot on seven points with two rounds of qualifiers remaining, while Togo have five and Morocco three.

Elsewhere, Senegal and China played out a goalless draw in an international friendly in Harbin while Junichi Inamoto's late strike helped Japan come from behind to claim a 4-3 victory over Ghana in an entertaining friendly in Utrecht.

Ghana, who qualified for the World Cup Finals in South Africa with a 2-0 win over Sudan last Sunday, took a two-goal lead thanks to a brace from Asamoah Gyan before Kengo Najamura pulled one back.

Matthew Amoah made it 3-1 to Milovan Rajevac's side but the momentum swung back to Japan after goals from Keiji Tamada and Shinji Okazaki leveled the scores before Inamoto's winner.

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