Morocco, Tunisia Last African Teams to Qualify for World Cup


"Arab-flavored World Cup "Egypt-Saudi Arabia-Morocco-Tunisia" congratulations to us all", Salah tweeted.

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

For Morocco, Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia scored in the space of five minutes in the first half in Abidjan to help send the Moroccans to their first World Cup in 20 years and deny Cote d'Ivoire a fourth straight appearance.

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Morocco and Tunisia join Nigeria, Egypt, and Senegal as Africa's five teams at the tournament next year in Russian Federation.

"Therefore you have to play without sparing yourself in order to win it...but defeat never crossed my mind" Renard who coached the Ivorians to the 2015 title of the African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea said.

However, it was the visitors, who sealed an emphatic win as Dirar grabbed the opener in the 25th minute with after his tricky cross beat Sylvain Gbohouo, in goal for the Ivoirians.

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Brian Mwila put the Copper Bullets back in front just after the hour, which had looked enough for victory before Yaya headed in during stoppage time to snatch a point.

Five minutes later, perhaps still shaken by his error for the first goal, he hesitated after deciding to come for a corner, and was left in no man's land when Benatia prodded home into the roof of the net.

In Group A, DR Congo, on 10 points, were still in with a chance to catch leaders Tunisians on 13 points, but despite a late 3-1 win over Guinea, it was too little too late. Had Tunisia lost, the two teams would have finished level on points and goal difference and Congo would have taken the World Cup place for scoring more goals in the qualifying campaign.

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