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Morocco defeat Ivory Coast to secure World Cup spot, Tunisia join them

Morocco defeat Ivory Coast to secure World Cup spot, Tunisia join them

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

For Tunisia, the barren draw they recorded against Libya on Saturday was enough to get them another World Cup ticket after they narrowly missed out at the Brazil 2014 edition.

Morocco has qualified for the World Cup in Russian Federation by winning in Ivory Coast 2-0 in what was a straight shootout for the place from Africa Group C.

For the first time in history, four Arab teams have qualified for the World Cup for the 2018 edition, which will be held in Russian Federation.

Morocco and Tunisia now join Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt as Africa's representatives at next year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

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In the 1990 World Cup UAE and Egypt qualified, in the 1994 World Cup Saudi Arabia and Morocco participated and in the 1998 World Cup in Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia were there.

Tunisia finished on 14 points in Group A of the African preliminaries, one ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Morocco needed just a point from the game to qualify. If it qualified for the Russia World Cup, this would have been its fourth consecutive participation in FIFA's flagship tournament.

Guinea's Ousmane Sidibe headed into his own net from a set piece after the hour mark, but the West Africans equalised 10 minutes later through Keita Karamokoba.

Two goals in stoppage time - a Jonathan Bolingi penalty and a fine Neeskens Kebano strike - gave DR Congo the victory, but it proved not to matter as Tunisia held on for the draw in the other game to win the group by a single point.