Morocco and Tunisia secure World Cup spots

Herve Renard the coach of Morocco’s national football team

Tunisia, Morocco, reach Russia 2018

In Group A, DR Congo, on 10 points, were still in with a chance to catch leaders Tunisians on 13 points, but despite a late 3-1 win over Guinea, it was too little too late.

North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes on Saturday as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Tunisia have qualified for the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer after a goalless draw against fellow North Africans Libya was enough to to land a coveted place at the festival of football. 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.

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The first blow came when an intended cross from Dirar went over an Ivorian defender and a Moroccan attacker and slipped past goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo into the far corner.

Morocco who top Group C with nine points, one point more than second-placed Ivory Coast, will qualify if they can avoid defeat in Abidjan.

Before Saturday, the trio of Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal had booked their tickets before the two North African countries also came on board to Russian Federation. Tunisia also booked their spot at Russian Federation 2018 with a tense 0-0 draw against Libya.

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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.

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