AFCON 2022 updates: Tunisia knock out Nigeria in round of 16

The Round of 16 is underway.

The group stage of Africa Cup of Nations came to a dramatic ending last week as current holders Algeria were knocked out by Ivory Coast.

The round of 16 began on Sunday as Burkina Faso took on Gabon, before Nigeria faced Tunisia in Cameroon.

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Burkina Faso scrape through

Burkina Faso failed to qualify for 2019 AFCON but now find themselves in the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament.

In a match that saw the referee brandish 13 yellows and a red card, an own goal by Burkina Faso in the 91st minute forced them to penalties.

Ismahila Ouedraogo netted the winning penalty against Gabon to help Burkina Faso progress with a 7-6 shoot-out victory.

Relief for Aston Villa’s Bertrard Traore, who missed a penalty in the first half before slotting in the opener on the half-hour mark.

Tunisia cause upset

Tunisia enjoyed a surprise win over Nigeria on Sunday, which sees Keleechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Wilfred Ndidi head back to the Premier League.

The Tunisians took the lead at the start of the first half before Iwobi saw red - making Nigeria’s task even more difficult.

Tunisia will now face Burkina Faso in the quarter-finals on Saturday 29 January.

Bookies odds

AFCON hosts, Cameroon, are favourites to win the competition and will face Comoros in the round of 16 today.

Cameroon 10/3

Senegal 7/2

Morocco 5/1

Ivory Coast 6/1

Tunisia 8/1