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Tunisia book place in Russian Federation 2018

12 November 2017

Nabil Dirar scored the first goal and Mehdi Benatia added a second one five minutes later.

Morocco and Tunisia qualified for the World Cup on Saturday, taking Africa's last two places.

Morocco and Tunisia became the final African nations to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as both countries ended long spells away from the finals.

A mouth-watering clash lay in store in Abidjan, where Côte d'Ivoire hosted Morocco, with the victor booking a ticket to Russian Federation 2018.

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Morocco qualified for the first time since the 1998 World Cup.

The Moroccan Football Federation has put up unprecedented financial rewards for the players of the Moroccan national team.

West Africa has dominated Africa's contingent at the World Cup in recent years but some of its big names missed out this time: Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana, all African champions multiple times, won't be in Russian Federation. Morocco needed just a point from the game to qualify but made sure.

And five minutes later Gbohouo was at fault again as he started to come for Mbark Boussoufa's corner into the box but then backtracked, allowing Medhi Benatia to volley home and double the lead.

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

Jonathan Bolingi's penalty and a goal from Fulham's Neeskens Kebano, both in injury time, gave the Leopards all three points and left them hoping for a Libya victor, but Tunisia held firm to seal their ticket to Russian Federation.

In the end a point from a goalless draw was enough for the Eagles of Carthage to secure a return to the World Cup for the first time since Germany 2006 and what will be a fifth appearance in the finals.

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Tunisia book place in Russian Federation 2018