Morocco knock out Ivory Coast to break 20 year drought

Rosalie Stanley
November 12, 2017

Tunisia booked their place in next year's World Cup finals after securing a point from a goalless draw at home to neighbours Libya on Saturday.

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.

Morocco, who completed their qualifying campaign with maximum points and no goals conceded, last appeared in a World Cup in 1998 in France. But it was the Moroccans who got the breakthrough when Nabil Dirar's cross evaded everyone and found its way it to the net.

Ivory Coast was already in decline after being eliminated by Renard and Morocco in the group stage of this year's African Cup, where the Ivorians were defending champions.

Morocco and Tunisia have joined Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal to secure spots in the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, as the five nations will represent Africa in Russian Federation.

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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.

Libya had been forced to play all of their home games at neutral venues, including Tunisia, because of a Federation Internationale de Football Association ban on internationals in the country, where the security situation is judged unsafe for visiting teams. Before today's matches, Tunisia had 13 points while DR Congo had 10 points.

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.

Guinea promptly equalised through Keita Junior and though Jonathan Bolingi, with a penalty, and Neeskens Kebano scored in injury time to give DR Congo a 3-1 win, it was not enough as Tunisia held on.

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