Fri. Jul 19th, 2019

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: How the last 16 places are decided

africa cup of nations last 16 explainedThe 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has 16 places up for grabs in the first knockout rounds. Here’s how it works.

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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is in full swing. It’s been a
wild round for the first round of group matches. Two more rounds remain, and teams
have it all to play for as we go around again.

Even for the teams who lost their opening fixture (we’re
looking at you, South Africa) there is still a chance to qualify.

Here’s a breakdown of how the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
works and how the last 16 teams are decided.

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Group stage basics

Each one of the 24 teams who qualified for the tournament
were seeded according to their world rankings and then divided into groups of
four.

Each team plays the other three in its group once with three
points awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: How the last 16 are decided

Who goes through to
the last 16

The winners and runners-up in each group and the best four
third-place teams – a total of 16 – qualify for the second round.

The first part is pretty simple and works as usual:  points and goal difference. The rest is a bit
more complicated.  

Tiebreakers for teams
level on points

Decided as follows:

   1. Points in
head-to-head matches among tied teams

   2. Goal difference
in head-to-head matches among tied teams

   3. Goals scored in
head-to-head matches among tied teams

If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all the
head-to-head criteria, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head
criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams

   1. Goal difference
in all group matches

   2. Goals scored in
all group matches

   3. Drawing lots

Keep up with all the latest standings, fixtures and results from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group stages.

Fixtures, teams and results for all groups

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