Jubilation in Morocco after National Team Qualifies to World CUP

Tunisia forward Taha Khenissi drives on after edging past Libya's Ali Elmusrati on Saturday

Tunisia booked their place in next year's World Cup finals after securing a point from a goalless draw at home against their neighbors Libya.

Morocco won in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan on Saturday night to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the country's first appearance at the finals since 1998.

The Atlas Lions just needed to avoid defeat in order to book their place in Russian Federation, but took all three points after Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia struck twice in the space of five first-half minutes to heap further misery on under-pressure Elephants coach Marc Wilmots.

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

However, it was the visitors, who sealed an emphatic win as Dirar grabbed the opener in the 25th minute with after his tricky cross beat Sylvain Gbohouo, in goal for the Ivoirians.

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"Therefore you have to play without sparing yourself in order to win it...but defeat never crossed my mind" Renard who coached the Ivorians to the 2015 title of the African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea said.

The Atlas Lions just needed to avoid defeat in order to book their place in Russian Federation, but took all three points.

Translation: Arab-flavored World Cup "Egypt-Saudi Arabia-Morocco-Tunisia" congratulations to us all.

Guinea's Ousmane Sidibe headed into his own net while defending a set piece after the hour mark, but the visitors were able to equalise 10 minutes later when Keita Karamokoba pounced on a loose ball and flicked it over DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi.

Earlier on Saturday in Group B, a stoppage-time goal from Banana Yaya gave Cameroon a 2-2 draw away against Zambia in Ndola.

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