Morocco and Tunisia qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Hope Soto
November 12, 2017

Morocco has qualified for its first FIFA World Cup since 1998 after beating closest Group C challenger Ivory Coast 2-0 away from home on Sunday (AEDT), and Tunisia is through too after a 0-0 draw with Libya.

Morocco and Tunisia have joined Nigeria, Egypt, and Senegal as the African teams who will be playing in the World Cup this summer.

Morocco sealed its place by winning in Ivory Coast 2-0 in what was a straight shootout for the place from Group C.

West Africa has dominated Africa's contingent at the World Cup in recent years but some of its big names missed out this time: Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana, all African champions multiple times, won't be in Russian Federation.

But it proved to be enough and, after missing out in 2010 and 2014, Tunisia will be at the World Cup for a fifth time.

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Tunisia last played at the World Cup in 2006.

At the end of Saturday's match between the national football team and his Cote d'Ivoire counterpart, King Mohammed VI has warmly congratulated the members of the national team on their qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Nabil Dirar opened the scoring for the visitors with a delivery that bounced through the unorganised defence into the far corner of the net. Benatia scored with a first-time shot from a corner five minutes later to seal the victory.

Tunisia also qualified on Saturday after drawing 0-0 with Libya. The Tunisians held on for the draw, though, and it turned out to be a precious point.

Tunisia finished on 14 points in Group A of the African preliminaries, one ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who fell short despite a 3-1 win over Guinea in Kinshasa at the same time. The Moroccan national team is 45 minutes from securing its ticket to the 2018 Russia World Cup.

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