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Moroccan Soccer Fans Clash with Brussels Police After World Cup Qualifier

Moroccan Soccer Fans Clash with Brussels Police After World Cup Qualifier

Translation: Arab-flavored World Cup "Egypt-Saudi Arabia-Morocco-Tunisia" congratulations to us all.

The 2004 African champions have now qualified for their fifth World Cup (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006).

Morocco is back in the spotlight of world soccer following the qualification of the country's national team to the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to take place next summer in Russian Federation.

Marc Wilmots' Ivory Coast needed a win at home to qualify for their fourth consecutive World Cup, but two errors by goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo put chances of victory out of reach in the first half.

Morocco defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 on Saturday night in Abidjan to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, the country's first appearance at the finals since 1998.

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

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But it was the Moroccans who got the breakthrough when Nabil Dirar's cross evaded everyone and found its way it to the net.

Street celebrations in Brussels by Moroccan soccer fans marking their teams return to the World Cup for the first time in two decades turned violent on Saturday night, November 11.

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.

With second-place Democratic Republic of Congo netting twice in stoppage time to defeat Guinea 3-1 in Kinshasa, only one point separated the top two.

Meanwhile, Tunisia 's goalless draw against Libya proved enough to seal their World Cup spot from Group A.


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