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Morocco and Tunisia qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

12 November 2017

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 ended their 20 years wait for a World Cup ticket when they beat the Elephants of Ivory Coast 2-0 in front of their home fans.

A pair of quickfire first half goals fired Morocco to their first World Cup in two decades and condemned Ivory Coast to a defeat that means they will miss the showpiece event for the first time since 2002.

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As it stands, a total of 26 teams around the world have guaranteed their participation at next year's World Cup, as 6 teams from play-offs will complete the lineup by next week.

The North Africans finished top of the group on 12 points while Cote d'Ivoire occupied second position on eight.

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West Africa has dominated Africa's contingent at the World Cup in recent years but some of its big names missed out this time: Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Ghana, all African champions multiple times, won't be in Russian Federation.

The results mean Tunisia will join Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal in representing the African continent at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation next summer.

Tunisia claimed the other spot despite being held to a goalless draw at home by Libya in Group A of the African qualifiers. Before today's matches, Morocco had 9 points while the Ivorians had 8 points; meaning the victor of the match would qualify.

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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.

Morocco and Tunisia qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup