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BREAKING Tunisia qualify for 2018 World Cup

Morocco will make their first appearance at the global finals since France 1998, while Tunisia make their World Cup return for the first time since Germany 2006.

Morocco and Tunisia now join Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt as Africa's representatives at next year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Moroccans needs to at least draw with their Ivorian host on Saturday evening in Abidjan in the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

That result eliminated the Ivorians from the tournament in Russian Federation in 2018, while Tunisia also qualified at the expense of DR Congo.

It is the fifth time that the Moroccan national football team gets qualified for the global FIFA competition.

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The two goals were scored in the first half through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia. Senegal qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 2002 on Friday after defeating South Africa 2-0. Morocco needed just a point from the game to qualify but made sure. In case of qualifying to the World Cup in Russian Federation, each player will receive $ 100,000.

Dirar's in-swinging cross beat everyone and found the corner of the net in the 25th minute.

It is another achievement for Morocco's French coach Herve Renard, who famously won the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast in 2015.

Serge Aurier had the best chance to score for Ivory Coast in the second half, but he skied his shot over the bar, and Morocco maintained their record of not conceding a single goal in the six games in CAF qualifying Group C.

DR Congo were the only team still with a chance to catch Tunisia, but they fell short despite a late 3-1 win over Guinea.

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