Morocco and Tunisia qualify for Fifa World Cup finals in Russian Federation

Posted November 12, 2017

Morocco qualified on Saturday after defeating the Ivory Coast 2-0.

Goals from Nabil Dirar and Mehdi Benatia in the first half secured qualification for the Moroccans who won the group with 12 points.

Cote d'Ivoire needed an outright win to qualify while a draw would still have been enough for Morocco.

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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.

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

For the record, the Atlas Lions team now managed by Hervé Renard, was qualified in the past to the World Cup in 1970, 1986, 1994, 1998.

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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.

And five minutes later Gbohouo was at fault again as he started to come for Mbark Boussoufa's corner into the box but then backtracked, allowing Medhi Benatia to volley home and double the lead.

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. Before today's matches, Tunisia had 13 points while DR Congo had 10 points.

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Earlier Group B concluded with Zambia holding Cameroon to a 2-2 draw to finish second behind Nigeria, who drew at Algeria on Friday (Saturday NZT).