Tunisia book place in Russian Federation 2018

World Cup qualifying: Morocco knock out Ivory Coast to break 20 year drought

For the record, the Atlas Lions team now managed by Hervé Renard, was qualified in the past to the World Cup in 1970, 1986, 1994, 1998.

Morocco became the next African nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after they defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 in their final Group C clash.

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

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.

Tunisia's absence has not been as long but they will celebrate a first appearance in 12 years thanks to a goalless draw at home to Libya.

Tunisia could not break down neighbours Libya in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis and had to settle for a 0-0 draw that was just enough to see them first over the finishing line.

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.

Tunisia finished a point clear of DR Congo, who were seeking a first trip to the finals since 1974 when they played as Zaire, to achieve their own fifth World Cup qualification.

Guinea levelled the contest in the 71st minute through Karamokoba Keita, but two goals in stoppage time - Neeskens Kebano's strike and a Jonathan Bolingi penalty - secured a 3-1 victory for the hosts.

Morocco and Tunisia will join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the African sides in Russian Federation next summer.

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