Morocco Stun Ivory Coast To Join Tunisia In Qualifying For World Cup

Rachel Hardy
November 12, 2017

Ivory Coast was already in decline after being eliminated by Renard and Morocco in the group stage of this year's African Cup, where the Ivorians were defending champions.

Fenerbahce winger Nabil Dirar put Morocco ahead on 25 minutes when his cross from the right dropped into the Ivory Coast net, before captain Medhi Benatia swiftly doubled the lead on the half-hour following a corner.

Morocco have now qualified for their fifth World Cup (1970, 1986, 1994, 1998) and their first since France 1998.

Morocco and Tunisia became the final African nations to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as both countries ended long spells away from the finals.

Meanwhile, in Group A, Tunisia played out a tense goalless draw with Libya to edge Congo DR to top spot by just one point.

Tunisia needed a draw to pip DR Congo, which began the day three points adrift, to seal top spot in Group A and it duly accomplished that with a 0-0 stalemate at home to Libya.

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Morocco and Tunisia will join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the African sides in Russian Federation next summer. Before today's matches, Morocco had 9 points while the Ivorians had 8 points; meaning the victor of the match would qualify.

Tunisia dominated possession at the Stade Olympique, but unpredictable Libya defended resolutely, creating an increasingly tense atmosphere.

Florent Ibenge's side took the lead on 70 minutes through an own goal by Ousmane Sidibe.

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

Jonathan Bolingi put the Congolese Lions ahead again two minutes into additional time and Neeskens Kebano added a third goal nearly immediately.

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