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Morocco Outclass CIV To Seal World Cup Spot, Tunisia Through

12 November, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Peru's Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring against Colombia during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Lima

The Atlas Lions went into the match in Abidjan just needing a draw to consolidate their place as pacesetters in the final group match, but they went one better in what was an assured display.

They'll join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the continent's five representatives at next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

The Ivorians continued to pressurise the visitors with 10 minutes to play but they lacked the sense of urgency for a team that needed three goals in the remaining minutes to qualify.

Morocco qualified for the global showpiece after defeating Cote d'Ivoire 2-0 away in Group C on Saturday, while Tunisia got through after a 0-0 draw with Libya in Rades.

West Africa has dominated Africa's contingent at the World Cup in recent years but some of its big names missed out this time: Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana, all African champions multiple times, won't be in Russian Federation.

Morocco, who completed their qualifying campaign with maximum points and no goals conceded, last appeared in a World Cup in 1998 in France.

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Ivory Coast suffered a double blow as Medhi Benatia made it 2-0 for Herve Renard's troops in the 30th minute with a strike from the centre of the box that found the roof of the net.

Ivory Coast, who never looked like recovering from the first-half blows, came second with eight points followed by Gabon with six and Mali with four.

Immediately after Morocco's national team secured it qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Moroccans of NY flocked to Steinway street in Astoria to celebrate this victory.

Starting the final game three points behind Tunisia, Congo beat Guinea 3-1 in a whirlwind finish, when Congo scored twice in injury time.

Jonathan Bolingi's penalty and a goal from Fulham's Neeskens Kebano, both in injury time, gave the Leopards all three points and left them hoping for a Libya victor, but Tunisia held firm to seal their ticket to Russian Federation.

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