Does finishing third in group stage qualify for AFCON last-16 knockout stage?

THE wait is finally over and the Africa Cup of Nations is underway in Cameroon.

It was a victorious start for the hosts as they kicked off their challenge with a win over Burkina Faso, going top of Group A as a result.


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The tournament follows a familiar format with the 24 nations split in six groups of fourbut will teams that finish third make it through to the knockouts?

Does finishing in third place qualify for AFCON last-16?

Similar to how Euro 2021 played out last year, the top two teams from each group will automatically reach the knockout stages.

لكن ال four highest ranked third-place teams will also join them in the last-16 stage.

The bad news for those nations is they will face a side who has finished top of their respective group.

Once the competition reaches the last-16 stage, it’s a simple knockout tournament until we get our finalists on February 6.

There is extra-time and penalties in each tie should they end in a draw, with a third-placed playoff for the two losing semi-finalists.

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How can I watch AFCON 2022?

You can catch all of the group stages live on سكاي سبورتس here in the UK.

Every match will be broadcast on the service, with non-subscribes able to tune in by grabbing a NOW TV pass.

And as a treat for viewers, the latter stages of the tournament will be shown live by the BBC.

نتيجة ل, two of the quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the final itself will be free-to-air.