WCQ 2018: Tunisia, Morocco qualify for World Cup

Morocco scored twice in five minutes during the first half to defeat the Ivory Coast 2-0 Saturday and qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia while Tunisia was held to 0-0 draw to Libya.

Tunisia fans celebrating their team's qualification for the FIFA World Cup next year.   -  AFP

Morocco scored twice in five minutes during the first half to defeat the Ivory Coast 2-0 Saturday and qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Nabil Dirar opened the scoring off a cross-cum-shot on 25 minutes in Abidjan and Medhi Benatia doubled the lead after a corner on the half-hour.

 

Morocco, whose last World Cup appearance was in 1998, won Group C with 12 points followed by the Ivory Coast with eight, Gabon six and Mali four.

Tunisia to make WC appearance since 2006

Tunisia qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite being held 0-0 at home by Libya in its final Group A qualifier.

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

DR Congo scored twice in stoppage time through Jonathan Bolingi and Neeskens Kebano to defeat Guinea 3-1 in Kinshasa.

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