Morocco Outclass CIV To Seal World Cup Spot, Tunisia Through

Ross Houston
November 13, 2017

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

Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia found the net to seal the win. Gbohouo was frozen while expecting Morocco's Khalid Boutaïb to get a touch to the ball, but when he didn't it still crept in at the far post.

The Atlas Lions then doubled their lead just five minutes later through captain Mehdi Benatia's neat finish off a corner, ensuring Herve Renard's men finished top of Group C.


The Atlas Lions just needed to avoid defeat in order to book their place in Russian Federation, but took all three points.

Morocco will return to the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Tunisia booked their place in next year's World Cup finals after securing a point from a goalless draw at home against neighbours Libya on Saturday. Unlike Morocco, who missed out on four previous World Cup tournaments (Japan-Korea 2002, Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014), Cote d'Ivoire has qualified for the three previous World Cups.


Guinea's Ousmane Sidibe scored an own goal but they levelled 10 minutes later when Keita Karamokoba struck past DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi.

Two stoppage-time goals through Jonathan Bolingi and Neeskens Kebano, which sealed a 3-1 win against Guinea, was not enough for Florent Ibenge's side, who needed Libya to record a victory over the Eagles of Carthage on Saturday.

It will be Tunisia's first World Cup involvement since 2006 in Germany, and they join Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria as Africa's five representatives in Russian Federation.


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