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

The Round of 16 at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations wrapped up on Wednesday to set up the quarterfinal field.

Equatorial Guinea made it past Mali on penalty kicks, while Mohamed Salah and Egypt also used a shootout to knock out the Ivory Coast. They joined tournament favorite Senegal and African power Morocco into the next round. The Gambia and host Cameroon, along with Tunisia and Burkina Faso also made it into the final eight.

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.

The run by tiny Comoros came to an end in the Round of 16 in its first-ever appearance at the AFCON tournament. It was the last team to make it through as a third-place finisher. 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

Nigeria finished with the most points in the group stage, but the Super Eagles were upset by Tunisia in the Round of 16. Ivory Coast also won its group, but it didn’t count for much in its knockout round elimination via a penalty-kick shootout against Egypt.

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

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AFCON 2022 knockout bracket

Round of 16

Date Match Time (ET) TV & Stream
Jan. 23, 2022 Burkina Faso 1, Gabon 1 (7-6 PKs) Highlights  
Jan. 23, 2022 Nigeria 0, Tunisia 1 Highlights  
Jan. 24, 2022 Guinea 0, Gambia 1 Highlights  
Jan. 24, 2022 Cameroon 2, Comoros 1 Highlights  
Jan. 25, 2022 Senegal 2, Cape Verde 0 Highlights  
Jan. 25, 2022 Morocco 2, Malawi 1 Highlights  
Jan. 26, 2022 Ivory Coast 0, Egypt 0 (4-5 PKs) Highlights  
Jan. 26, 2022 Mali 0, Equatorial Guinea 0 (5-6 PKs)    

Quarterfinals

Date Match Time (ET) TV & Stream
Jan. 29, 2022 QF1: Gambia vs. Cameroon 11 a.m. TBA
Jan. 29, 2022 QF2: Burkina Faso vs. Tunisia 2 p.m. TBA
Jan. 30, 2022 QF3: Egypt vs. Morocco 11 a.m. TBA
Jan. 30, 2022 QF4: Senegal vs. Equatorial Guinea 2 p.m. TBA

Semifinals

Date Match Time (ET) TV & Stream
Feb. 2, 2022 Burkina Faso/Tunisia vs. Senegal/Eq. Guinea 2 p.m. TBA
Feb. 3, 2022 Egypt/Morocco vs. Gambia/Cameroon 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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