Morocco and Tunisia qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Nov 12, 2017,
Nov 12, 2017, 0:24
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.
Despite needing only a point to qualify, the Atlas Lions weren't prepared to sit on a slender lead and doubled their advantage five minutes later when former Bayern Munich center back Medhi Benatia turned in a left wing corner.
Morocco and Tunisia will join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the African sides in Russian Federation next summer.
Tunisia and Morocco completed CAF's line up at the FIFA World Cup™, securing the last of Africa's berths at Russian Federation 2018.
Dirar gave his side the lead in the 25 minute when a cross-cum-shot from the Fenerbahçe winger eluded Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo.
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.. Scoring two goals, Morocco has secured a ticket to Russian Federation. More news: Transgender candidate Danica Roem wins historic Virginia race
Meanwhile, Tunisia's goalless draw against Libya proved enough to seal their World Cup spot from Group A.
Tunisia last featured in the World Cup in 2006 and Morocco in 1998.
That result eliminated the Ivorians from the tournament in Russian Federation in 2018, while Tunisia also qualified at the expense of DR Congo.
Guinea's Ousmane Sidibe headed into his own net while defending a set piece after the hour mark, but the visitors were able to equalise 10 mintes later when Keita Karamokoba pounced on a loose ball and flicked it over DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi. But the effort was in vain as they ended up with 13 points, one behind the leaders Tunisia who got 14 points.
DR Congo scored twice in stoppage time through Jonathan Bolingi and Neeskens Kebano to defeat Guinea 3-1 in Kinshasa.