Aubameyang explains Lisbon woes: I'm tired after AFCON

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Three matches for Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations have taken their toll on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's form for Borussia Dortmund

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted his exploits at the Africa Cup of Nations have had an adverse effect on his recent performances for Borussia Dortmund, including an abject display against Benfica.

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Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel hauled the Gabon forward off after 62 minutes of his side's 1-0 defeat in Lisbon, during which he squandered two clear opportunities to score and hit a tame penalty straight at Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.

Tuchel insisted the 27-year-old had no problem with being substituted, and Aubameyang has reflected on growing fatigue.

Aubameyang was part of a Gabon side that crashed out of the AFCON after three games despite being the host nation, and the tournament has taken its toll on him.

"I missed the preparation [for the second half of the season] through the Africa Cup of Nations," he told Bild.

"I have to admit, I'm a bit tired."

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