Morocco and Tunisia qualify for 2018 World Cup

Morocco and Tunisia qualify for 2018 World Cup

Morocco and Tunisia qualify for 2018 World Cup

Morocco managed to make it to the World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years following an emphatic 2-0 victory over Ivory Coast in Abidjan on Saturday.

Cote d'Ivoire needed an outright win to qualify while a draw would still have been enough for Morocco.

They'll join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the continent's five representatives at next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

The Moroccan Football Federation has put up unprecedented financial rewards for the players of the Moroccan national team.

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

For the record, the Atlas Lions team now managed by Hervé Renard, was qualified in the past to the World Cup in 1970, 1986, 1994, 1998.

Juventus defender Medhi Benatia was on target as Morocco qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

It is another achievement for Morocco's French coach Herve Renard, who famously won the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast in 2015.

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

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.

It was unspectacular, but it got the job done and ultimately progressed with a one-point buffer after a late flurry helped DR Congo beat Guinea 3-1 in the group's other match.

Morocco and Tunisia have joined Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal to secure spots in the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, as the five nations will represent Africa in Russian Federation.

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