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

12 November 2017, 12:09 | Justin Tyler

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Tunisia have qualified for the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer after a goalless draw against fellow North Africans Libya was enough to to land a coveted place at the festival of football.

Morocco and Tunisia now join Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt as Africa's representatives at next year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The "Atlas Lions" are going back to the tournament for the first time since 1998 after finishing with 12 points, having not conceded a goal during the six-match group campaign.

Dirar's in-swinging cross beat everyone and found the corner of the net in the 25th minute.

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.

The match witnessed several incidents involving Zaha, Doumbia, Serge Aurier against their opponents as tension heightened.

A goalless stalemate at home to Libya was enough for the Eagles of Carthage to pip Congo DR to top spot in Group A, while Morocco recorded an impressive 2-0 victory away to Côte d'Ivoire.

With second-place Democratic Republic of Congo netting twice in stoppage time to defeat Guinea 3-1 in Kinshasa, only one point separated the top two. Before today's matches, Tunisia had 13 points while DR Congo had 10 points.

Needing only a draw to qualify for next year's Russian Federation finals, two first-half goals from Nibal Dirar and Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia ensured the Atlas Lions a World Cup spot.

Zambia went ahead on 26 minutes through Patson Daka, but Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa soon equalised.

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