Benatia sends Morocco to World Cup

Benatia sends Morocco to World Cup

Benatia sends Morocco to World Cup

Nabil Dirar gave the visitors the lead 25 minutes in, cutting in from the right and seeing his left-footed cross go all the way in, raising serious questions over goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.

Morocco and Tunisia now join Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt as Africa's representatives at next year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

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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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.

The Morocco national football team is qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Rattled Ivory Coast fell further behind as they failed to cut off a corner and Juventus defender Benatia struck a first-time shot into the net.

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

Meanwhile, Tunisia's goalless draw against Libya proved enough to seal their World Cup spot from Group A.

Morocco have now qualified for their fifth World Cup (1970, 1986, 1994, 1998) and their first since France 1998.

Tunisia also booked their spot at Russian Federation 2018 with a tense 0-0 draw against Libya.

It was unspectacular, but it got the job done and ultimately progressed with a one-point buffer after a late flurry helped DR Congo beat Guinea 3-1 in the group's other match.

Florent Ibenge's side made hard work of the West Africans, and only opened the scoring in the 62nd minute when Ousmane Sidibe put the ball past his own goalkeeper.

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