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Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup

Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup

Goals from defenders Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia in Abidjan ensured that Morocco would finish as Group C winners.

Morocco sealed its place in Russian Federation in style as they went to Abidjan and beat Cote d'Ivoire 2-0.

The Morocco national football team is qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. Senegal qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 2002 on Friday after defeating South Africa 2-0.

They topped the group on 12 points, four above the Ivorians.

They'll join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the continent's five representatives at next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

The hosts poured men forward for most of the rest of the match, but Morocco generally looked in control of things at the back and held on comfortably, giving Herve Renard, the coach who ended Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations drought in 2015, a famous victory against his former team.

The appearance in Russian Federation will be their fifth.

Tunisia also booked their spot at Russian Federation 2018 with a tense 0-0 draw against Libya.

As the final set of matches of CAF World Cup qualification concluded, all five African World Cup slots have been confirmed, including Tunisisa and Morocco.

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Meanwhile, in Group A, Tunisia played out a tense goalless draw with Libya to edge Congo DR to top spot by just one point.

Tunisia dominated the first half without finding the breakthrough to ease their nerves and their anxiety would have increased with the news an Ousmane Sidibe own goal had put DR Congo ahead in Kinshasa. Gabon, who earlier drew 0-0 with Mali in Franceville, finished with seven and bottom-placed Mali five, BBC reports.


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