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Morocco qualifies for World Cup, Ivory Coast misses out

12 November 2017, 02:09 | Percy Christensen

Morocco qualifies for World Cup, Ivory Coast misses out

Moroccan Fans Celebrate Morocco's Win in New York City

The Moroccan football team qualified for the 2018 World Cup Russia by defeating, in Abidjan, its Ivorian counterpart (2-0) on Saturday at the Felix Houphouët Boigny stadium.

A mouth-watering clash lay in store in Abidjan, where Côte d'Ivoire hosted Morocco, with the victor booking a ticket to Russian Federation 2018.

Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt had previously sealed their spots in Russian Federation next year.

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.

Morocco returns to the world's biggest stage for the first time since 1998.

Tunisia last played at the World Cup in 2006.

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Juventus defender Medhi Benatia was on target as Morocco qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Nabil Dirar scored the opener in the 25th minute with an inswinging cross that went untouched through the box and entered the net.

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.

Ivory Coast manager Marc Wilmots has revealed that he was hoping to have Tiemoue Bakayoko starting in his midfield, but the Chelsea midfielder opted for France.

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

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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