Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup 2018

Tunisia, Morocco, reach Russia 2018

Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup 2018

Tunisia and Morocco have completed the roster of teams that would represent Africa at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

All spaces for African nations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup are now filled following the qualification of Morocco and Tunisia on Saturday.

Morocco is back in the spotlight of world soccer following the qualification of the country's national team to the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to take place next summer in Russian Federation.

For the first time in history, four Arab teams have qualified for the World Cup for the 2018 edition, which will be held in Russian Federation.

Morocco qualified for a first World Cup since 1998 after beating their closest Group C challengers Ivory Coast 2-0 away from home on Saturday.

Tunisia players pose for a team photo.

But it was the Moroccans who got the breakthrough when Nabil Dirar's cross evaded everyone and found its way it to the net.

A pair of quickfire first half goals fired Morocco to their first World Cup in two decades and condemned Ivory Coast to a defeat that means they will miss the showpiece event for the first time since 2002. Benatia scored with a first-time shot from a corner five minutes later to seal the victory. The failure to reach the World Cup after being ever-present since 2006 will put pressure on coach Marc Wilmots.

In Group A, DR Congo, on 10 points, were still in with a chance to catch leaders Tunisians on 13 points, but despite a late 3-1 win over Guinea, it was too little too late.

Had Tunisia lost, the two teams would have finished level on points and goal difference and Congo would have taken the World Cup place for scoring more goals in the qualifying campaign.

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