Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Morocco qualifies for World Cup, Ivory Coast misses out

Morocco is qualified to the 2018 World Cup in Russia./Ph. DR Morocco is qualified to the 2018 World Cup in Russia./Ph. DR
Angelica Greene | 13 November, 2017, 00:47

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

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has sent a congratulatory message to the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the quartet of Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal for qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

This is the fifth time Morocco qualified to the World Cup after Mexico 1970, Mexico 1986, United States 1994, and France 1998.

Tunisia qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation despite being held 0-0 at home by Libya in their final Group A qualifier.

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.

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Goals from Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia handed Morocco a 2-0 away win over Ivory Coast, securing a return to the finals for the first time in two decades.

Tunisia qualified for the World Cup after winning the group with 14 points.

The first blow came when an intended cross from Dirar went over an Ivorian defender and a Moroccan attacker and slipped past goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo into the far corner. While it scored eleven goals in six games, the national team did not concede a single goal.

Morocco needed only a draw from their final Group C game to finish top of the standings in the African preliminaries, ahead of the Ivorians, who had to win to clinch a fourth successive World Cup finals appearance.

Tunisia survived some nervous moments in Rades as Libya finished strongly.

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