Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup 2018

Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup 2018

The Atlas Lions just needed to avoid defeat in order to book their place in Russian Federation, but took all three points after Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia struck twice in the space of five first-half minutes to heap further misery on under-pressure Elephants coach Marc Wilmots.

The hosts poured men forward for most of the rest of the match, but Morocco generally looked in control of things at the back and held on comfortably, giving Herve Renard - the coach who ended Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations drought in 2015 - a famous victory against his former team. Tunisia also booked their spot at Russian Federation 2018 with a tense 0-0 draw against Libya.

However, it was the visitors, who sealed an emphatic win as Dirar grabbed the opener in the 25th minute with after his tricky cross beat Sylvain Gbohouo, in goal for the Ivoirians.

Seydou Doumbia had the best chance to score for the Elephants in the second half after being put through by Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha, but he placed his shot well over the bar unmarked.

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


Morocco completed the campaign without conceding a goal, finishing on 12 points, four ahead of the Ivorians.

Tunisia also only needed a draw to pip DR Congo - who began the day three points adrift - to top spot in Group A and they duly accomplished that with a 0-0 stalemate at home to Libya.

Morocco's victory over the West African giants means three countries from North Africa made it to Russian Federation with Egypt and Tunisia having qualified already.

Group B: Zambia 2 (Daka 26, Mwila 64) drew with Cameroon 2 (Zambo Anguissa 31, Banana 90+1).

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