It could be quite tricky to understand how Africa Cup of Nations betting works. This article outlines AFCON results 2021 outcomes from the group stage through the knockout stages to the final.
AFCON Group Results 2021
The AFCON 2021 featured 24 teams, with four teams in a group and six groups (Group A-F) in total. The group winners and runners-up qualified automatically for the round of 16. In addition, the four best-ranked third-placed teams, commonly known as best-losers, also qualified for the second round.
Hosts Cameroon finished as group winners with 7 points from their three games, and Burkina Faso finished second with 4 points. Cape Verde finished third with four points and qualified for the round-of-16 as the best-ranked third-place team.
AFCON 2021 winners Senegal won Group B with 5 points, while Guinea finished a close second with four points. Malawi qualified for the second round as the second-best ranked best-loser, with four points from their three games.
Morocco finished their Group C campaign with 7 points from 3 games, and Gabon ended as Group C runners-up. AFCON debutants Comoros clinched a round of 16 berths with a 3-2 victory over pre-tournament favourites Ghana in their final matchday fixture. However, they finished as the fourth-ranked best loser.
Nigeria qualified for the second round as the only team with a perfect record in the group stage, with 9 points from their three games. On the other hand, Egypt finished as runners-up with 6 points to also pinch a round-of-16 ticket.
Ivory Coast won Group E with 7 points after ending defending champions Algeria’s hopes of retaining their title with a 3-1 victory on the final matchday of the group. Equatorial Guinea finished second with 6 points.
Mali qualified for the second round as group winners with 7 points from three games. The Gambia also finished with 7 points but had to settle for second place in the group due to an inferior goal difference. Tunisia finished as the third-ranked best loser with 3 points. A 4-0 victory over Mauritania on matchday 2 helped the North Africans qualify for the knockout stages. View the table below to see the match results of the group stage games.
AFCON Round-of-16 Results 2021
The AFCON 2021 moved into the Round-of-16 immediately after the group stages. Here are the results of the round-of-16.
- Sunday 23rd January
Burkina Faso 1-1 Gabon (Burkina Faso won 7-6 on penalties)
Nigeria 0-1 Tunisia
- Monday 24th January
Guinea 0-1 Gambia
Cameroon 2-1 Comoros
- Tuesday 25th January
Senegal 2-0 Cape Verde
Morocco 2-1 Malawi
- Wednesday 26th January
Ivory Coast 0-0 Egypt (Egypt won 5-4 on penalties)
Mali 0-0 Equatorial Guinea (Equatorial Guinea won 6-5 on penalties)
AFCON Quarter-final Results 2021
Eight teams competed in the AFCON quarter-finals. The AFCON results for this round are listed below.
- Saturday 29th January
Gambia 0 – 2 Cameroon
Burkina Faso 1 – 0 Tunisia
- Sunday 30th January
Egypt 2 – 1 Morocco (Egypt won after extra-time)
Senegal 3 – 1 Equatorial Guinea
AFCON Semi-final Results 2021
Hosts Cameroon were joined in the final four by 2019 runners-up Senegal, seven-time AFCON winners Egypt, and one of the pre-tournament dark horses, Burkina Faso.
The AFCON results for the semi-finals are listed below.
- Wednesday 2nd February
Burkina Faso 1 – 3 Senegal
- Thursday 3rd February
Cameroon 0 – 0 Egypt (Egypt won 3-1 on penalties)
AFCON Final Results 2021
Senegal defeated Egypt on penalties to win the AFCON 2021 title. The AFCON result for the final is listed below.
- Sunday 6th February
Senegal 0 – 0 Egypt (Senegal won 4-2 on penalties)
Africa Cup of Nations Results for Kenya
Kenya did not qualify for AFCON 2021 after finishing third in Group G of the AFCON qualifiers, with only the group winners and runners-up eligible to qualify for AFCON 2021. Four teams made up the group; Egypt, Kenya, Togo, and Comoros. Egypt and Comoros finished as group winners and runners-up, respectively.
Kenya went through their first three games unbeaten. However, a 2-1 loss away to Comoros on matchday four was their undoing. Even a 2-1 final matchday victory away to Togo was not enough to guarantee the East Africans an AFCON 2021 group stage berth.
Africa Cup of Nations Results Predictions for 2023
AFCON 2023 is shaping up to be one of the best AFCON tournaments in recent memory, with a lot of countries like Nigeria, Tunisia, Cameroon, Egypt, and Senegal appearing as legitimate contenders.
The gulf in quality between African powerhouses such as Egypt and upstarts like Malawi has reduced over the years. AFCON 2021 debutants Comoros laid down a marker with their surprising qualification for the AFCON 2021 knockout stage. Expect the trend to continue in AFCON 2023.
Now that you have read this guide, you should know how to wager on the African Cup of Nations. Here are some of the frequently asked questions about AFCON results.
Cameroon, Algeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Mali, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Tunisia, and Guinea all qualified for AFCON 2021. Other countries include Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Sudan, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, the Gambia, Zimbabwe, Comoros, and Mauritania. They all made up the 24 teams that qualified for AFCON 2021.
Senegal won AFCON 2021 after defeating Egypt 4-2 on penalties.
Sadio Mane won the award for the best player in AFCON 2021.
Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy won the award for the best goalkeeper in AFCON 2021.