2019 AFC Asian Cup knockout stage

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The knockout stage of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup is the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. It will begin on 20 January with the round of 16 and end on 1 February with the final match, held at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.[1] A total of 16 teams (the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams) will advance to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.[2]

All times are local, GST (UTC+4).


In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of 90 minutes of normal playing time, extra time will be played (two periods of 15 minutes each). If still tied after extra time, the match will be decided by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.[2] The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used from the quarter-finals onwards.[3] For the first time since a knockout stage was added to the competition in 1972, there will be no third place play-off.

The AFC set out the following schedule for the round of 16:[2]

  • R16-1: Runners-up Group A v Runners-up Group C
  • R16-2: Winners Group D v 3rd Group B/E/F
  • R16-3: Winners Group B v 3rd Group A/C/D
  • R16-4: Winners Group F v Runners-up Group E
  • R16-5: Winners Group C v 3rd Group A/B/F
  • R16-6: Winners Group E v Runners-up Group D
  • R16-7: Winners Group A v 3rd Group C/D/E
  • R16-8: Runners-up Group B v Runners-up Group F

Combinations of matches in the round of 16[edit]

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualified for the round of 16:[2]

  Combinations which are still possible
Third-placed teams
qualify from groups
A B C D 3C 3D 3A 3B
A B C E 3C 3A 3B 3E
A B C F 3C 3A 3B 3F
A B D E 3D 3A 3B 3E
A B D F 3D 3A 3B 3F
A B E F 3E 3A 3B 3F
A C D E 3C 3D 3A 3E
A C D F 3C 3D 3A 3F
A C E F 3C 3A 3F 3E
A D E F 3D 3A 3F 3E
B C D E 3C 3D 3B 3E
B C D F 3C 3D 3B 3F
B C E F 3E 3C 3B 3F
B D E F 3E 3D 3B 3F
C D E F 3C 3D 3F 3E

Qualified teams[edit]

The top two placed teams from each of the six groups, plus the four best-placed third teams, will qualify for the knockout stage.[2]

Group Winners Runners-up Third-placed teams
(Best four qualify)
(position TBD)
A  United Arab Emirates  Thailand  Bahrain
B  Jordan  Australia
C  China PR (top two)
 South Korea (top two)
D  Iran (top two)
 Iraq (top two)
E  Qatar (top two)
 Saudi Arabia (top two)
F  Japan (top two)
 Uzbekistan (top two)


Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
20 January – Hazza bin Zayed
24 January – Mohammed bin Zayed
Runners-up Group C
Winners Match 38
20 January – Mohammed bin Zayed
Winners Match 39
Winners Group D
28 January – Hazza bin Zayed
3rd Group B/E/F
Winners Match 46
20 January – Al Maktoum
Winners Match 45
24 January – Al Maktoum
3rd Group A/D
Winners Match 37
21 January – Sharjah
Winners Match 40
Winners Group F
1 February – Zayed Sports City
Runners-up Group E
Winners Match 49
22 January – Rashid
Winners Match 50
Winners Group C
25 January – Zayed Sports City
3rd Group A/B/F
Winners Match 43
22 January – Al Nahyan
Winners Match 44
Winners Group E
29 January – Mohammed bin Zayed
Runners-up Group D
Winners Match 47
21 January – Zayed Sports City
Winners Match 48
 United Arab Emirates
25 January – Hazza bin Zayed
3rd Group C/D/E
Winners Match 42
21 January – Khalifa bin Zayed
Winners Match 41
Runners-up Group F

Round of 16[edit]

Jordan vs 3rd Group A/D[edit]

Jordan Match 373rd Group A/D

Thailand vs Runners-up Group C[edit]

Thailand Match 38Runners-up Group C

Winners Group D vs 3rd Group B/E/F[edit]

Winners Group DMatch 393rd Group B/E/F

Winners Group F vs Runners-up Group E[edit]

Winners Group FMatch 40Runners-up Group E

Australia vs Runners-up Group F[edit]

Australia Match 41Runners-up Group F

United Arab Emirates vs 3rd Group C/D/E[edit]

United Arab Emirates Match 423rd Group C/D/E

Winners Group C vs 3rd Group A/B/F[edit]

Winners Group CMatch 433rd Group A/B/F

Winners Group E vs Runners-up Group D[edit]

Winners Group EMatch 44Runners-up Group D


Winners Match 37 vs Winners Match 40[edit]

Winners Match 37Match 45Winners Match 40

Winners Match 38 vs Winners Match 39[edit]

Winners Match 38Match 46Winners Match 39

Winners Match 43 vs Winners Match 44[edit]

Winners Match 43Match 47Winners Match 44

Winners Match 42 vs Winners Match 41[edit]

Winners Match 42Match 48Winners Match 41


Winners Match 46 vs Winners Match 45[edit]

Winners Match 46Match 49Winners Match 45

Winners Match 47 vs Winners Match 48[edit]

Winners Match 47Match 50Winners Match 48


Winners Match 49Match 51Winners Match 50


  1. ^ "Match Schedule – AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019" (PDF). the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "AFC Asian Cup 2019 Competition Regulations" (PDF). the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ "VAR to come into play from QF stage". AFC. 15 November 2018.

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