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Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup

12 November, 2017, 02:09 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • 2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap 11 November 2017

Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt had previously sealed their spots in Russian Federation next year.

Ivory Coast, meanwhile, failed to qualify for the quadrennial tournament after making it to the competition's finals for three times in a row in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

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.

Unbeaten Tunisia have been to four previous World Cup finals and were the first African country to win a game at the finals, in 1978.

Morocco returns to the world's biggest stage for the first time since 1998. Tunisia qualified for the World Cup after winning the group with 14 points.

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It was to prove a costly miss for the home side, who had to win after beginning the match one point behind a Moroccan team coached by former Ivorian handler, Frenchman Herve Renard.

Nabil Dirar scored the opener in the 25th minute with an inswinging cross that went untouched through the box and entered the net.

Ivory Coast manager Marc Wilmots has revealed that he was hoping to have Tiemoue Bakayoko starting in his midfield, but the Chelsea midfielder opted for France. The Tunisians held on for the draw, though, and it turned out to be a precious point.

Serge Aurier had the best chance to score for Ivory Coast in the second half, but he skied his shot over the bar, and Morocco maintained their record of not conceding a single goal in the six games in CAF qualifying Group C.

It was unspectacular, but it got the job done and ultimately progressed with a one-point buffer after a late flurry helped DR Congo beat Guinea 3-1 in the group's other match.

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