BREAKING Tunisia qualify for 2018 World Cup
- Author: Stacy Allen Nov 12, 2017,
Nov 12, 2017, 1:11
Both nations join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal, as Africa's representatives at the global finals next year.
Morocco sealed its place by winning in Ivory Coast 2-0 in what was a straight shootout for the place from Group C.
Morocco qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation with a 2-0 victory away to Ivory Coast, who missed out on a fourth consecutive appearance at the finals.
It is the fifth time that the Moroccan national football team gets qualified for the global FIFA competition.
Morocco will make their first appearance at the global finals since France 1998, while Tunisia make their World Cup return for the first time since Germany 2006.
Marc Wilmots' Ivory Coast needed a win at home to qualify for their fourth consecutive World Cup, but two errors by goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo put chances of victory out of reach in the first half.
Morocco's win in Abidjan gave coach Herve Renard success over his former team and the country he led to the African Cup title in 2015. Before today's matches, Morocco had 9 points while the Ivorians had 8 points; meaning the victor of the match would qualify.
Nabil Dirar eventually opened the scoring for the Lions of the Atlas on 25 minutes with a long range effort that found the bottom corner, 0-1.
Morocco was topping its group before flying to Ivory Coast. The Tunisians held on for the draw, though, and it turned out to be a precious point.
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 have remarkably qualified from Group C without conceding a single goal.