Morocco vs. Ivory Coast: Who will go to Russian Federation?


Tunisia and Morocco completed CAF's line up at the FIFA World Cup™, securing the last of Africa's berths at Russian Federation 2018.

Two goals in five first half minutes from Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia saw Morocco win at Ivory Coast to claim top spot in Group C.

While Tunisia held on to a 0-0 draw against Libya to make their first World Cup appearance since 2006.

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Before Saturday, the trio of Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal had booked their tickets before the two North African countries also came on board to Russian Federation.

Immediately after Morocco's national team secured it qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Moroccans of NY flocked to Steinway street in Astoria to celebrate this victory.

West Africa has dominated Africa's contingent at the World Cup in recent years but some of its big names missed out this time: Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Ghana, all African champions multiple times, won't be in Russian Federation. Tunisia qualified for the World Cup after winning the group with 14 points.

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It was to prove a costly miss for the home side, who had to win after beginning the match one point behind a Moroccan team coached by former Ivorian handler, Frenchman Herve Renard. Morocco needed just a point from the game to qualify.

Rattled Ivory Coast fell further behind as they failed to cut off a corner and Juventus defender Benatia struck a first-time shot into the net. 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.

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.

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