Aubameyang scores the winning penalty as Gabon advance

Bundesliga star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winning penalty on Saturday as Gabon became the first team to reach the group phase of African 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Gabon beat Mozambique 4-3 on penalties following extra time in Libreville after Gabon won 1-0 to level the second-round tie at 1-1 on aggregate.

Aubameyang, who has scored 22 goals from 20 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions this season, missed the 1-0 first leg defeat in Mozambique with a pulled muscle

He did not score during the 120-minute second leg, but set up the only goal for Malick Evouna after four minutes at Stade L’amitie Sino Gabonaise.

A crowd that included President Ali Bongo Ondimba saw Aubameyang dart down the left side and cross for Evouna to calmly fire the ball past goalkeeper Soarito and several defenders.

Soarito produced several fine saves before Mozambique came close to equalising seconds from the end of regular time when Gildo struck the base of the post.

After extra time, Gabon goalkeeper Didier Ovono saved two penalty kicks before Aubameyang hammered his high into the left corner.

There are five more second leg matches on Sunday, with the remainder on Tuesday.

The overall winners will join Gabon in the group phase of qualifying from where five African nations will go to Russia 2018.