AFCON 2022 soccer games today: Times, TV schedule, scores for matches in USA & Canada

Written By Simon Borg
Mohamed Salah - Egypt - AFCON 2022
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Only winners will survive from here on out at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, as the knockout stages move into the quarterfinals.

Eight more nations, including Nigeria and the Ivory Coast, have been eliminated in the Round of 16, with just eight teams remaining. Mohamed Salah and Egypt are still in the tournament, as the Liverpool star provided the decisive penalty in the shootout to eliminate Ivory Coast. PSG star Achraf Hakimi kept Morocco in the competition with a stunning free-kick, and now the two will meet in the semifinals.

Senegal continues to advance by razor-thin margins, as Sadio Mane stars for the Lions of Teranga. The Gambia and Equatorial Guinea are both surprise participants at this stage, as both nations are ranked in the triple-digits by FIFA's official standings.

MORE: AFCON 2022 final group standings

If there's a draw after 90 minutes of regulation during these knockout rounds, there will be 30 minutes of extra time played, followed by a penalty-kick shootout if the deadlock persists. Only the third-place match on Feb. 6 will bypass extra time and head straight to penalty kicks.

AFCON 2022 knockout bracket

The AFCON 2022 quarterfinals will be held over two days at the end of January with the semis and finals happening in a span of five days in February.

Quarterfinals

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

Round of 16 results

Date Match  
Sun, Jan. 23, 2022 Burkina Faso  1, Gabon 1 (7-6 PKs) Highlights
Sun, Jan. 23, 2022 Nigeria 0, Tunisia 1 Highlights
Mon, Jan. 24, 2022 Guinea 0, Gambia 1 Highlights
Mon, Jan. 24, 2022 Cameroon 2, Comoros 1 Highlights
Tues, Jan. 25, 2022 Senegal 2, Cape Verde  0 Highlights
Tues, Jan. 25, 2022 Morocco 2, Malawi 1 Highlights
Wed, Jan. 26, 2022 Ivory Coast 0, Egypt 0 (4-5 PKs) Highlights
Wed, Jan. 26, 2022 Mail 0, Equatorial Guinea (5-6 PKs) Highlights

How to watch AFCON 2022

  • Dates: Jan. 9 through Feb. 6 (52 matches)
  • Times: 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. ET
  • TV Channels: beIN Sports, beIN Sports XTRA
  • Spanish-language TV: beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN Sports XTRA en Espanol
  • Streaming: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect and other platforms

The AFCON tournament is being carried by beIN Sports in the USA and Canada, and coverage will be available in both English and Spanish.

Cable and satellite TV channels beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol will carry matches, as will free channel beIN Sports XTRA. Fans can access all of them on fuboTV, which is available for new users via a free trial.

beIN streams are also available for users of Fanatiz and YouTube TV. And since beIN XTRA is free, it's available on a host of other streaming platforms including Roku and Pluto TV.

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AFCON 2022 matches today

The two teams that advance on Wednesday will play in separate quarterfinal matches on Sunday, Jan. 30.

Upcoming AFCON matches: Saturday, Jan. 29

The quarterfinals begin over the weekend, with the final eight teams decided.

First, The Gambia faces Cameroon as the host nation continues its charge through this tournament. Captain Vincent Aboubakar is lighting up the scoresheet, now with six goals in the competition, more than any other goalscorer in the Africa Cup of Nations since the 1998 edition.

Then, Burkina Faso and Tunisia meet with a spot in the semifinals on the line. The former defeated an in-form Gabon side in the Round of 16, needing penalties to do so, while Tunisia shocked Nigeria last time out.

Match Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Quarterfinal 1: Gambia vs. Cameroon 11 a.m. TBD fuboTV
Quarterfinal 2: Burkina Faso vs. Tunisia 2 p.m. TBD fuboTV

AFCON recent results: Wednesday, Jan. 26

Ivory Coast vs. Egypt was a heavyweight battle on paper and it played out that way. The teams were deadlocked at 0-0 after regulation and extra time and the Pharaohs only prevailed via a penalty-kick shootout with Mohamed Salah netting the decisive penalty.

The last quarterfinal spot will be up for grabs as the Eagles of Mali take on Equatorial Guinea. Mali conceded just one goal during its three group stage matches, meaning Equatorial Guinea will need to bring its shooting boots to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Match  
RD16 #7: Ivory Coast 0, Egypt 0 (4-5 PKs) Highlights
RD16 #8: Mali 0, Equatorial Guinea 0 (5-6 PKs) Highlights

Semifinals

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

3rd Place

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

Finals

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

MORE: Updated AFCON 2022 schedule, results & highlights

AFCON 2022 tournament format

Similar to other continental championships and World Cup tournaments, the Africa Cup of Nations began with a group stage, followed by knockout rounds all the way to the final. 

  • Group stage: Jan. 9-20
  • Round of 16: Jan. 23-26
  • Quarterfinals: Jan. 29-30
  • Semifinals: Feb. 2-3
  • Third place: Feb. 6
  • Final: Feb. 6

The 24 nations were divided into six groups of four nations each. At the conclusion of round-robin group play — with three points awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss — the top two teams in each group based on points (and tiebreakers, if necessary) advanced to the knockouts. The remaining slots in the Round of 16 were completed by the four best third-place finishers.

A predetermined knockout bracket will be played out all the way through to the final. If any knockout match ends in a tie after 90 minutes, the teams will play 30 minutes of extra time. If the draw persists, a penalty-kick shootout will determine the team to move on. The third-place match on Feb. 6 is the only one that would skip extra time and move straight to the shootout in case of a draw. 

For the first time in the competition's history, all 52 matches are featuring the use of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

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Who will win AFCON 2022?

Judging by BetMGM's pre-tournament odds, Senegal-Algeria was the projected repeat final, but that won't be happening given Algeria's group-stage elimination. Senegal had the lowest odds of the bunch going into AFCON 2022, and it is the presumed favorite in the knockouts to win its first AFCON title. 

Among the other nine nations judged the most likely to win it all,  Ivory Coast is a compelling pick, but the Elephants will have to face Mohamed Salah and Egypt in the Round of 16. Host Cameroon is still alive, with Mali showing in the group stage that it can be a potential surprise team.

Nation BetMGM Odds
Senegal +350 (from +550)
Algeria +450 (from +600)
Ivory Coast +750 (unchanged)
Egypt +800 (from +600)
Cameroon +850 (from +800)
Morocco +850 (from +900)
Nigeria +1000 (from +800)
Mali +1600 (from +2200)
Ghana +1800 (from +1400)
Tunisia +2200 (from +1600)

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