Gabon's Henri Ndong challenges Switzerland's Pajtim Kasami (L) during their men's Group B soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park in Newcastle, northern England July 26, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Nigel Roddis)
The Swiss and newcomer Gabon battled to a well-earned 1-1 draw that put all four teams in Group B into a deadlock with one point apiece.
Switzerland took control of the game early on as Gabon looked tentative and sloppy. Just five minutes into the game, Henri Ndong committed a foul in his own box and prompted a penalty kick for the Europeans. Admir Mehmedi scored and gave Switzerland a quick 1-0 lead.
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Gabon settled into the game after and started displaying a physical flair on the pitch. Striker Pierre Aubamenyang was noticeably aggressive and helped create chances for his squad. His pass to Jerry Obiang resulted in a shot that hit the post in just the 20th minute of the match.
Aubamenyang eventually cashed in when he received a cross just inside the box and blasted a shot right between the legs of Swiss goalie Diego Benaglio.
Gabon continued to take control of the match in the second half and were gifted an opportunity to win when Oliver Buff of Switzerland was given a second yellow and was ejected from the match. Switzerland reverted to their traditional defensive tactics and shut down Gabon for the remainder of the game to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Earlier in the day, Mexico and Korea battled to a scoreless tie, leaving all four teams in the group at 1 point a piece. Next up, Gabon gets to take on Mexico while Switzerland will try to shut down the incredible Korean attack.