Morocco qualifies for World Cup, Ivory Coast misses out

Morocco have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998 after they beat Ivory Coast 2-0 to knock their opponents out.

A pair of quickfire first half goals fired Morocco to their first World Cup in two decades and condemned Ivory Coast to a defeat that means they will miss the showpiece event for the first time since 2002.

Senegal sealed a place in Russia Friday by winning 2-0 in South Africa and the other two African qualifiers, Nigeria and Egypt, secured slots last month.

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.

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.

Five minutes later, Mehdi Benatia scored the second goal after a corner kick by Mbraek Boussoufa.


Nabil Dirar put Morocco 1-0 up in the 25th minute before Juventus defender Medhi Benatia doubled their lead in the 30th minute.

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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Tunisia emerged the leaders in Group A, surviving a resilient Libya that shared the spoils of the day with their hosts.

Tunisia's point ensures their fifth World Cup participation - and their first since 2006 - but ensures that the Democratic Republic of Congo's wait to return to the global showpiece for the first time since 1974 will continue.

Morocco completed the campaign without conceding a goal, finishing on 12 points, four ahead of the Ivorians.


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