Morocco Qualify For World Cup, Ivory Coast Miss Out

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Morocco sealed its place in Russian Federation in style as they went to Abidjan and beat Cote d'Ivoire 2-0.

Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt had previously sealed their spots in Russian Federation next year.

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

The "Atlas Lions" are going back to the tournament for the first time since 1998 after finishing with 12 points, having not conceded a goal during the six-match group campaign.

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Unbeaten Tunisia have been to four previous World Cup finals and were the first African country to win a game at the finals, in 1978. Tunisia qualified for the World Cup after winning the group with 14 points. Morocco needed just a point from the game to qualify but made sure. But it was the Moroccans who got the breakthrough when Nabil Dirar's cross evaded everyone and found its way it to the net.

Morocco was topping its group before flying to Ivory Coast.

And five minutes later Gbohouo was at fault again as he started to come for Mbark Boussoufa's corner into the box but then backtracked, allowing Medhi Benatia to volley home and double the lead.

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.

Tunisia's point ensures their fifth World Cup participation - and their first since 2006 - but ensures that the Democratic Republic of Congo's wait to return to the global showpiece for the first time since 1974 will continue.

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