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Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup

2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap 11 November 2017

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

The Morocco national football team is qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Tunisia also booked their spot at Russian Federation 2018 with a tense 0-0 draw against Libya.

A mouth-watering clash lay in store in Abidjan, where Côte d'Ivoire hosted Morocco, with the victor booking a ticket to Russian Federation 2018.

The qualification of Morocco and Tunisia signaled an apparent shift in African soccer, giving North Africa three teams at the World Cup and more than any other region for the first time since 1986. Senegal qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 2002 on Friday after defeating South Africa 2-0. In case of qualifying to the World Cup in Russian Federation, each player will receive $ 100,000.

Morocco ran down the clock with tactical substitutions in the closing minutes as Renard master-minded the downfall of his former employers, who he helped win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco needed just a point from the game to qualify but made sure.

Tunisia survived some nervous moments in Rades as Libya finished strongly.

DR Congo defeated Guinea 3-1 but that did not matter as Tunisia had secured a point.

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.

After weathering an early storm, including a potential penalty call, Morocco scored two goals in the space of five minutes.