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Morocco Outclass CIV To Seal World Cup Spot, Tunisia Through

Morocco Outclass CIV To Seal World Cup Spot, Tunisia Through

At the end of Saturday's match between the national football team and his Cote d'Ivoire counterpart, King Mohammed VI has warmly congratulated the members of the national team on their qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Nabil Dirar gave the visitors the lead 25 minutes in, cutting in from the right and seeing his left-footed cross go all the way in, raising serious questions over goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.

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

Morocco qualified at the expense of Ivory Coast, beating the former African Champions 2-0 in Abidjan, to clinch a clear four point lead in Group C. Ivory Coast, playing out-of-sort ended up second in the group with eight points.

Today is a historic day in Morocco, as Moroccans have to wait for 19 years to see national team reach the final stage of the World Cup.

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Tunisia could not break down neighbours Libya in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis and had to settle for a 0-0 draw that was just enough to see them first over the finishing line.

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.

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

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

Ibenge's side will look back at their double header against the Tunisians, when they enjoyed the better of both contests but only took one point out of a possible six, as the reason why they will be watching on from the outside next summer.