Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup 2018

Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup 2018

Benatia blasted in from a corner during the 2-0 victory away to the Ivory Coast.

Morocco and Tunisia will join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the African sides in Russian Federation next summer.

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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Morocco stunned Ivory Coast 2-0 to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, while Tunisia also booked their ticket to Russian Federation on Saturday.

Following a shock defeat to Gabon in Group C, the Ivorians had to win to reach a fourth straight World Cup.

The Atlas Lions are returning to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years after they last made it in 1998.

Morocco's win in Abidjan gave coach Herve Renard success over his former team and the country he led to the African Cup title in 2015.

It will be Tunisia's first FIFA World Cup involvement since 2006 in Germany, and it joins Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria as Africa's five representatives for Russian Federation 2018.

Dirar's in-swinging cross beat everyone and found the corner of the net in the 25th minute.

Achraf Hakimi had the first real opportunity for the visitors in the sixth minute, but the Real Madrid defender's shot from the edge of the box sailed over the bar. Goals from Nabil Dirar and Mehdi Benatia in the first half secured qualification for the Moroccans who won the group with 12 points.

The Tunisians secured a fifth appearance at the tournament by topping the table with 14 points, one more than the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tunisia dominated possession at the Stade Olympique, but unpredictable Libya defended resolutely, creating an increasingly tense atmosphere.

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