Goalless draw enough to secure Tunisia World Cup berth

Erica Murray
November 12, 2017

Tunisia qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation despite being held 0-0 at home by Libya in their final Group A qualifier.

Both nations join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal, as Africa's representatives at the global finals next year.

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

The win takes Congo up to 13 points, but Libya's failure to beat Tunisia means they end the campaign tantalisingly one point short of the North Africans.

As the final set of matches of CAF World Cup qualification concluded, all five African World Cup slots have been confirmed, including Tunisisa and Morocco.

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It is the fifth time that the Moroccan national football team gets qualified for the global FIFA competition.

The 2004 African champions have now qualified for their fifth World Cup (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006). Before today's matches, Morocco had 9 points while the Ivorians had 8 points; meaning the victor of the match would qualify. In case of qualifying to the World Cup in Russian Federation, each player will receive $ 100,000. But it was the Moroccans who got the breakthrough when Nabil Dirar's cross evaded everyone and found its way it to the net.

Morocco travelled to Abidjan leading Ivory Coast by a point in Group C and needing only a draw in the last matchday.

Benatia scored with a first-time shot from a corner five minutes later to seal the victory.

Tunisia survived some nervous moments in Rades as Libya finished strongly.

Immediately after Morocco's national team secured it qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Moroccans of NY flocked to Steinway street in Astoria to celebrate this victory.

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