Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup

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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.

Morocco sealed its place in Russian Federation in style as they went to Abidjan and beat Cote d'Ivoire 2-0.

Morocco captain Medhi Benatia was on target in a 2-0 over Ivory Coast to book their spot in Russian Federation.

They topped the group on 12 points, four above the Ivorians.

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They'll join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the continent's five representatives at next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

Dirar gave his side the lead in the 25 minute when a cross-cum-shot from the Fenerbahçe winger eluded Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo.

For Morocco, Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia scored in the space of five minutes in the first half in Abidjan to help send the Moroccans to their first World Cup in 20 years and deny Ivory Coast a fourth straight appearance.

The appearance in Russian Federation will be their fifth.

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Tunisia also qualified on Saturday after drawing 0-0 with Libya.

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.

Jonathan Bolingi's penalty and a goal from Fulham's Neeskens Kebano, both in injury time, gave the Leopards all three points and left them hoping for a Libya victor, but Tunisia held firm to seal their ticket to Russian Federation. Gabon, who earlier drew 0-0 with Mali in Franceville, finished with seven and bottom-placed Mali five.

Group E finishes on Sunday with Egypt travelling to Ghana while Group D winners Senegal can celebrate with a dead rubber against South Africa on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

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