Salah delighted as Tunisia, Morocco seal World Cup spots

Salah delighted as Tunisia, Morocco seal World Cup spots

Salah delighted as Tunisia, Morocco seal World Cup spots

The Atlas Lions are returning to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years after they last made it in 1998.

Morocco stunned Ivory Coast 2-0 to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, while Tunisia also booked their ticket to Russian Federation on Saturday. It is the fifth time that the Moroccan national football team gets qualified for the worldwide FIFA competition.

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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Cote d'Ivoire needed an outright win to qualify while a draw would still have been enough for Morocco, but two first half goals by Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia sealed the victory for the visitors.

Needing only a draw to qualify for next year's Russian Federation finals, two first-half goals from Nibal Dirar and Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia ensured the Atlas Lions a World Cup spot.

Morocco's win in Abidjan gave coach Herve Renard success over his former team and the country he led to the African Cup title in 2015.

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Stunned by the early goal, Ivory Coast fell further behind as they failed to cut off a corner and Juventus defender Benatia struck a first-time shot into the net.

A goalless stalemate at home to Libya was enough for the Eagles of Carthage to pip Congo DR to top spot in Group A, while Morocco recorded an impressive 2-0 victory away to Côte d'Ivoire.

Starting the final game three points behind Tunisia, Congo beat Guinea 3-1 in a whirlwind finish, when Congo scored twice in injury time.

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The results mean Tunisia will join Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal in representing the African continent at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation next summer.

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