Morocco stun Ivory Coast to join Tunisia in qualifying for World Cup

Adjust Comment Print

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.

Despite needing only a point to qualify, the Atlas Lions weren't prepared to sit on a slender lead and doubled their advantage five minutes later when former Bayern Munich center back Medhi Benatia turned in a left wing corner.

Morocco sealed its place in Russian Federation in style as they went to Abidjan and beat Cote d'Ivoire 2-0. The Moroccan national team is 45 minutes from securing its ticket to the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Gabon and Mali who also belonged in the group had ended their match all square.

Dirar gave his side the lead in the 25 minute when a cross-cum-shot from the Fenerbahçe winger eluded Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo.

Tunisia could not break down neighbours Libya in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis and had to settle for a 0-0 draw that was just enough to see them first over the finishing line.

Is April The Giraffe Pregnant Again? Zookeeper Teases Potential Pregnancy
April's pregnancy and baby Tajiri's birth made the Animal Adventure Animal Park, just outside of Binghamton, an global sensation. If the rumors are true, this would be April's fourth calf, and the second born at Animal Adventure Park.

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

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.

Florent Ibenge's side made hard work of the West Africans, and only opened the scoring in the 62nd minute when Ousmane Sidibe put the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Tunisia emerged the leaders in Group A, surviving a resilient Libya that shared the spoils of the day with their hosts.

Jonathan Bolingi put the Congolese Lions ahead again two minutes into additional time and Neeskens Kebano added a third goal nearly immediately.

Comments