Morocco has qualified for a first World Cup Mundial since 1998 in the wake of beating their Group C challengers Ivory Coast 2-0 far from home on Saturday, and Tunisia went along with them in securing the 2018 World Cup ticket as they drew 0-0 with Libya.
The Atlas Lions went into the match in Abidjan simply requiring a draw to solidify their place as pacesetters in the last group match and join the likes of Nigeria, Egypt, and Senegal. However, they went one better in what was an awesome away result.
Nabil Dirar gave the guests the lead 25 minutes in, cutting in from the right and seeing his left-footed cross go the distance in, bringing up major issues over goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.
He was in part to blame again not long after, failing to come and collect a corner delivery which was at last directed into the net by Morocco’s captain Medhi Benatia, who benefited as much as possible from the slack marking.
The Elephant poured men forward for the vast majority of whatever remains of the match, but Morocco by and large looked in control of things at the back and hung on serenely, giving Herve Renard – the head coach who finished Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations dry spell in 2015 – a celebrated triumph against his former team
While, Tunisia likewise only needed a draw to pip DR Congo – who started the day three points adrift – to top spot in Group A and they properly accomplished that with a 0-0 stalemate at home to Libya.
It was unspectacular, but they took care of business and eventually progressed with a one-point cushion after a late flurry helped DR Congo beat Guinea 3-1 in the groups meeting.
It will be Tunisia’s first World Cup since Germany 2006, and they join Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria as the continent five representatives in next summer World Cup in Russia