Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to World Cup

Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to World Cup

The Atlas Lions are returning to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years after they last made it in 1998.

Morocco secured their place at the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win away over the Ivory Coast, while Tunisia got the point they needed to book a trip to Russian Federation.

Nabil Dirar scored the opener in the 25th minute with an inswinging cross that went untouched through the box and entered the net.

Morocco was topping its group before flying to Ivory Coast. In case of qualifying to the World Cup in Russian Federation, each player will receive $ 100,000.

The Leopards knew that they needed to beat already eliminated Guinea and hope that Libya downed Tunisia to overhaul the Eagles to top spot.




Libya had been forced to play all of their home games at neutral venues, including Tunisia, because of a Federation Internationale de Football Association ban on internationals in the country, where the security situation is judged unsafe for visiting teams.

DR Congo were the only team still with a chance to catch Tunisia, but they fell short despite a late 3-1 win over Guinea.

A historic World Cup group-stage qualification campaign saw Morocco, who last appeared in the World Cup in 1998, score a total of 11 goals while conceding nothing to finish on top of the group with 12 points.

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.

Two goals in stoppage time - a Jonathan Bolingi penalty and a fine Neeskens Kebano strike - gave DR Congo the victory, but it proved not to matter as Tunisia held on for the draw in the other game to win the group by a single point.

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