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Morocco qualifies for World Cup, Ivory Coast misses out

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2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap 11 November 2017

At the end of Saturday's match between the national football team and his Cote d'Ivoire counterpart, King Mohammed VI has warmly congratulated the members of the national team on their qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Juventus defender Medhi Benatia was on target as Morocco qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Unbeaten Tunisia, who have been to four previous World Cup finals and were the first African country to win a game at the finals in 1978, were denied a fifth win in six group matches as Libya's goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush made a number of key saves.

Morocco became the next African nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after they defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 in their final Group C clash.

After weathering an early storm, including a potential penalty call, Morocco scored two goals in the space of five minutes.

For Tunisia, the barren draw they recorded against Libya on Saturday was enough to get them another World Cup ticket after they narrowly missed out at the Brazil 2014 edition.

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.

The Atlas Lions then doubled their lead just five minutes later through captain Mehdi Benatia's neat finish off a corner, ensuring Herve Renard's men finished top of Group C.

Ghana, Cameroon and Algeria have also already failed to qualify for next year's World Cup.

Aurier might have given the hosts a chance to launch a fight back in the final 20 minutes, but he blasted the ball wildly over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Before today's matches, Tunisia had 13 points while DR Congo had 10 points.

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