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The lowdown on qualification
The line-up is complete for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after the last group games were played on Thursday.

The knockout stage gets started on Sunday as hosts Ghana play Nigeria and much-fancied Ivory Coast face Guinea.

On Monday, reigning champions Egypt take on Angola before Tunisia come up against Cameroon in Tamale.

BBC Sport looks back on how each of the remaining nations reached the tournament's last eight.

GROUP A - WHO QUALIFIED

Michael Essien
Michael Essien's goal in their last group game helped Ghana qualify

Ghana defeated Morocco 2-0 on Monday to finish top of Group A with nine points after three straight wins.

Guinea were held 1-1 by Namibia but the draw was enough to secure their qualification, as they finished in second place with four points.

Morocco flatted to deceive after winning their opening game 5-1, finishing with three points and failing to qualify from their group for the second successive Nations Cup.

Namibia were on the wrong end of the 5-1 hammering from the Atlas Lions but responded well, narrowly losing to Ghana and then drawing with Guinea.

Ghana will play west African rivals Nigeria in Accra on Sunday, 3 February, while Guinea face Ivory Coast at the Sekondi Sports Stadium on the same day.

GROUP B

Ivory Coast comfortably defeated Mali 3-0 in their final Group B fixture to finish with nine points from three games.

The Elephants will now face Guinea at the Sekondi Sports Stadium on Sunday 3 February, with the match starting at 2030 GMT.

A draw for Mali in their final game would have been enough to secure their passage to the last eight - but the Super Eagles of Nigeria managed to snatch the second place behind Ivory Coast.

Nigeria had been woeful in their first two games - failing to score and earning the unwanted moniker Super Chickens.

However, a good second-half performance against Benin saw them emerge as 2-0 winners and take second spot on goal difference from Mali.

Nigeria will now play west African rivals and host nation Ghana in Accra on Sunday, 3 February.

Benin lost all three games and finished bottom of the group.

GROUP C

African Champions Egypt finished top of Group C after drawing 1-1 with Zambia.

GROUP QUALFICATION CRITERIA
Criteria if two or more teams finish on the same points:
1) Head to head points
2) Head to head goal difference
3) Head to head goals for
4) Goal difference in all matches
5) Goals for in all matches
6) Best fair play record
7) Drawing of lots

The Pharaohs now meet Angola for a place in the last four.

Cameroon, who are chasing a fifth Nations Cup title, finished second in the group after beating Sudan 3-0 in Tamale.

Samuel Eto'o scored twice in Cameroon's win to become the top scorer in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Eto'o's record-breaking 15th goal came from a penalty on 27 minutes and he scored a fine solo goal late in the game.

Cameroon will play Tunisia, the winners of group D, in Tamale next Monday.

GROUP D

Manucho (centre) celebrates after scoring a brace against Senegal
Angola need just a point from their final game to qualify

Tunisia and Angola qualified for the quarter-finals after playing out a 0-0 draw in Tamale on Thursday.

Victory for either side could potentially have opened the door for one of Senegal or South Africa but the Teranga Lions and Bafana Bafana drew 1-1 in Kusami.

Tunisia, who drew 2-2 with Senegal before beating South Africa 3-1, won Group D on goals scored.

The 2004 Africa Cup of Nations winners now have the benefit of remaining in Tamale for their quarter-final against Group C runners-up Cameroon on Monday at 2030 GMT.

Having reached the knockout stages for the first time in their history, Angola will travel to Kumasi to play Group C winners and reigning champions Egypt at 1700 GMT on Monday.

SEE ALSO
Tables
16 Jan 08 |  Africa Cup of Nations
Fixtures
08 Feb 08 |  Africa Cup of Nations
2008 Cup of Nations qualifying
20 Oct 07 |  Africa Cup of Nations
Ghana v Morocco
27 Jan 08 |  Africa Cup of Nations
Guinea v Namibia
27 Jan 08 |  Africa Cup of Nations


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