Afcon 2021 last 16: Qualifying teams, schedules and permutations explained
AFCON 2021 heads into the knockout stage, with some of the big names still in contention for gold.
There have also been some shocks already, with heavyweight Ghana knocked out, while a few of the relatively smaller teams are still in contention to qualify.
GOAL takes a look at the qualified teams, permutations and fixtures for the Afcon 2021 Round of 16.
Last update: January 19
CAN 2021: Which teams have qualified for the round of 16?
The winners and runners-up from each of the six groups advance to the knockout stages of AFCON 2021. They are joined by the four highest-placed teams in third place.
Cameroon and Burkina Faso came out of Group A, while Senegal and Guinea came out of Group B. Morocco and Gabon qualified from Group C, while Nigeria and Egypt came out of Group D .
CAN 2021 group winners and runners-up
Best third teams in the Africa Cup 2021
Cape Verde, Malawi and Comoros are among the teams vying for third place, with the rest to be confirmed at the end of the groups.
You can see the ranking of the best third-placed teams in the table below, which will be confirmed when all group matches are completed.
Afcon 2021 Last 16: Who is playing against whom?
Burkina Faso and Gabon will collide in the last 16, in what was the first knockout game to be confirmed.
Nigeria will face a third team from Group B (Malawi), Group E (Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone or Algeria) or Group F (Gambia, Mali or Tunisia).
Guinea will face the second in group F, consisting of Gambia, Mali or Tunisia, while Cameroon will face a third-placed team from Group C (Comoros), Group D (Egypt, Guinea-Bissau or Sudan) or Group E (Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone or Algeria).
Senegal, who emerged victorious from Group B, will face the third-placed team from Group A (Cape Verde) or Group D (Egypt, Guinea-Bissau or Sudan). Group C winners Morocco will face a third-placed team from Group A (Cape Verde), Group B (Malawi) or Group F (Gambia, Mali or Tunisia).
In the last two round of 16, the winner of group F (Gambia, Mali or Tunisia) faces the runners-up of group E (Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone or Algeria), while the winners of group E (Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone or Algeria) play second in Group D Egypt.