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Themba Hadebe, Associated Press
Gabon's captain Daniel Cousin, left, heads the ball as Tunisia's Bilel Ifa, right, defends during their African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match at the Stade de Franceville in Franceville, Gabon, Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012.

FRANCEVILLE, Gabon — Gabon sealed top spot in Group C at the African Cup of Nations on Tuesday by beating Tunisia 1-0 from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's third goal in three games.

Aubameyang collected a pass from Daniel Cousin in the 62nd minute, cut inside and shot past goalkeeper Rami Jeridi via a deflection to set off celebrations at Stade de Franceville and extend the co-host's perfect start.

Gabon's entire team danced in a huddle and even coach Gernot Rohr, who has remained calm throughout the country's giddy group campaign, allowed himself a smile on the sidelines.

Both teams had already qualified for the quarterfinals but Gabon's third win ensured it topped the group and was now likely to avoid a last eight meeting with Ghana.