Goalless draw enough to secure Tunisia World Cup berth
Goalless draw enough to secure Tunisia World Cup berth
2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap 11 November 2017
12 November, 2017, 02:11
Morocco and Tunisia qualified for the World Cup on Saturday, taking Africa's last two places.
Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt had previously sealed their spots in Russian Federation next year.
The Atlas Lions have qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998.
Morocco has qualified for its first FIFA World Cup since 1998 after beating closest Group C challenger Ivory Coast 2-0 away from home on Sunday (AEDT), and Tunisia is through too after a 0-0 draw with Libya.
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.
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.
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Ivory Coast, meanwhile, failed to qualify for the quadrennial tournament after making it to the competition's finals for three times in a row in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
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.
What time does Ivory Coast vs Morocco start? The Tunisians held on for the draw, though, and it turned out to be a precious point.
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Tunisia finished top of the group on 14 points, just one point ahead of second-placed Congo Democratic Republic who defeated Guinea 3-1.
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