AFCON 2022 Round of 16: Matches, schedule, times, TV for Africa Cup of Nations knockout round

AFCON 2022 Round of 16: Matches, schedule, times, TV for Africa Cup of Nations knockout round

With the group stage of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in the books, only 16 of the original 24 teams remain standing, with eight teams going home.

All the first-place and second-place finishers of the group stage qualified for the knockout rounds, while the four best third-placed teams also made it through to complete the field of 16 teams. 

Shockingly, African power  Ghana  and defending champion  Algeria  were both eliminated in the group stage. On the flip side,  Cape Verde  advanced to the knockout stage for just the second time in the nation’s history, following up its 2013 showing when it reached the quarterfinals.

Tiny  Comoros  also moved on in its first-ever appearance at the AFCON tournament. It was the last team to make it through as a third-place finisher, with Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau missing out. Here’s how the third-place finishers ranked:

3rd-Place Team Group PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
1. Cape Verde- X A 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
2. Malawi- X B 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
3. Tunisia- X F 3 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2
4. Comoros- X C 3 3 1 2 0 3 5 -2
5. Sierra Leone- E E 2 3 0 1 2 2 3 -1
6. Guinea-Bissau- E D 1 3 0 2 1 0 3 -3

X = Qualified to Round of 16 | E = Eliminated

Hosts Cameroon , en route to winning Group A, scored the most goals of the group stage with seven, while Senegal completed its charge to the top of Group B without conceding a single goal. Nigeria finished with the most points, a perfect nine-of-nine after winning all three matches with a +5 goal differential, the best in the tournament so far.

Below is the complete knockout round schedule, including the potential matchups in the quarterfinals.

MORE: AFCON 2022 top goalscorers

AFCON 2022 knockout bracket

Round of 16

Date Match Time (ET) TV & Stream
Jan. 23, 2022 Burkina Faso 1 (7), Gabon 1 (6) Highlights  
Jan. 23, 2022 Nigeria vs. Tunisia 2 p.m. beIN XTRA & fuboTV
Jan. 24, 2022 Guinea vs. Gambia 11 a.m. beIN Sports & fuboTV
Jan. 24, 2022 Cameroon vs. Comoros 2 p.m. beIN Sports & fuboTV
Jan. 25, 2022 Senegal vs. Cape Verde 11 a.m. beIN Sports & fuboTV
Jan. 25, 2022 Morocco vs. Malawi 2 p.m. beIN Sports & fuboTV
Jan. 26, 2022 Ivory Coast vs. Egypt 11 a.m. beIN Sports & fuboTV
Jan. 26, 2022 Mail vs. Equatorial Guinea 2 p.m. beIN Sports & fuboTV

Quarterfinals

Date Match Time (ET) TV & Stream
Jan. 29, 2022 QF1: Guinea/Gambia vs. Cameroon/Comoros 11 a.m. TBA
Jan. 29, 2022 QF2: Burkina Faso/Gabon vs. Nigeria/Tunisia 2 p.m. TBA
Jan. 30, 2022 QF3 : Ivory Coast/Egypt vs. Morocco/Malawi 11 a.m. TBA
Jan. 30, 2022 QF4: Senegal/Cape Verde vs. Mali/Eq. Guinea 2 p.m. TBA

Semifinals

Date Match Time (ET) TV & Stream
Feb. 2, 2022 Winner QF2 vs. Winner QF4 2 p.m. TBA
Feb. 3, 2022 Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF1 2 p.m. TBA

3rd Place

Date Match Time (ET) TV & Stream
Feb. 6, 2022 Loser SF1 vs. Loser SF2 11 a.m. TBA

Finals

Date Match Time (ET) TV & Stream
Feb. 6, 2022 Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2 2 p.m. TBA

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