Ivory Coast 0-2 Morocco

Ivory Coast 0-2 Morocco

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

Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt had previously sealed their spots in Russian Federation next year.

Morocco, who completed their qualifying campaign with maximum points and no goals conceded, last appeared in a World Cup in 1998 in France.

Morocco managed to make it to the World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years following an emphatic 2-0 victory over Ivory Coast in Abidjan on Saturday.

The 2004 African champions have now qualified for their fifth World Cup (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006).

Libya had been forced to play all of their home games at neutral venues, including Tunisia, because of a Federation Internationale de Football Association ban on internationals in the country, where the security situation is judged unsafe for visiting teams.

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Ivory Coast suffered a double blow as Medhi Benatia made it 2-0 for Herve Renard's troops in the 30th minute with a strike from the centre of the box that found the roof of the net. Before today's matches, Morocco had 9 points while the Ivorians had 8 points; meaning the victor of the match would qualify.

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

In a recent interview with DH, Wilmots has lambasted the lack of players he has had to choose from for their World Cup qualifiers.

DR Congo, meanwhile, had needed Libya to pull off a shock win to give them hope of making it to Russian Federation, but were left disappointed despite a 3-1 win over Guinea in Kinshasa, scoring twice in stoppage time.

Meanwhile, in Group A, Tunisia played out a tense goalless draw with Libya to edge Congo DR to top spot by just one point.

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