As the AFCON 2017 Group matches approaches final match day, teams are still scrambling for quarterfinal slots.

Six places are up for grabs with two teams having already secured qualification (Senegal and Ghana). The possibility of teams ending on same points are high, therefore Soccer24 takes a look at CAF’s tie breakers.

Zimbabwe lying bottom of Group B stands with a chance of progressing to the next round if they win against Tunisia. Meanwhile, if Algeria happen to beat Senegal – it means both teams will be tied level with same points.

To avert the possibility of uncertainties over which team progresses to the first knock out round, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has come up with a clear criteria on how to break a tie in the event one arises after conclusion of the preliminary matches.

In case of equality between two teams

In case of equality between two teams at the end of the group matches, the teams will be ranked according to the following criteria in the order listed below :

– The greatest number of points obtained in the match between the two teams concerned;

– The goal difference in all group matches ;

– The greatest number of goals scored in all group matches ;

– A drawing of lots conducted by the Organising Committee.

In case of equality between more than two teams

In case of equality between more than two teams at the end of the group matches, the teams will be ranked according to the following criteria in the order listed below :

74.2.1 The greatest number of points obtained in the matches between the teams concerned;

74.2.2 The best goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned;

74.2.3 The greatest number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;

74.2.4 If after applying criteria 74.2.1 to 74.2.3, two teams are still tied, 74.2.1 to 74.2.3 criteria are again applied to matches played between the two teams in question to determine the final ranking of the two teams.

If this procedure does not allow separating them, the criteria listed from 74.2.5 to 74.2.7 are applied in the indicated order ;

– 74.2.7 are applied in the indicated order ;

– 74.2.5 The goal difference in all group matches ;

– 74.2.6 The greatest number of goals scored in all group matches ;

– 74.2.7 A drawing of lots conducted by the Organising Committee

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