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Morocco, Tunisia qualify for Russian Federation 2018 World Cup

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Morocco, Tunisia qualify for Russian Federation 2018 World Cup

The Moroccan football team has memorably defeated Ivory coast to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, finishing at the top of Group C ahead of the Ivorian team.

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.

The last time Morocco qualified to the World Cup was in France 1998.

The Moroccan footballers have fulfilled their vow and booked a ticket to the 2018 World Cup for the first time in 20 year.

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

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It is another achievement for Morocco's French coach Herve Renard, who famously won the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast in 2015.

The Atlas Lions just needed to avoid defeat in order to book their place in Russian Federation, but took all three points after Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia struck twice in the space of five first-half minutes to heap further misery on under-pressure Elephants coach Marc Wilmots.

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.

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.

Guinea's Ousmane Sidibe headed into his own net while defending a set piece after the hour mark, but the visitors were able to equalise 10 mintes later when Keita Karamokoba pounced on a loose ball and flicked it over DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi.

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