Morocco, Tunisia seal qualification for 2018 World Cup

Herve Renard the coach of Morocco’s national football team

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Tunisia have qualified for the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer after a goalless draw against fellow North Africans Libya was enough to to land a coveted place at the festival of football.

But after weathering an early storm, including a potential penalty call, Morocco scored two goals in the space of five minutes to put themselves on their way to the finals, in which they last appeared in 1998, in France.

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.

The result took them up to 12 points, four clear of the Ivorians in second place, confirming their return to the World Cup for the first time since 1998, when they were eliminated in the group stage.

As it stands, a total of 26 teams around the world have guaranteed their participation at next year's World Cup, as 6 teams from play-offs will complete the lineup by next week.

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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.

Tunisia, coached by Nabil Maaloul, who played for Hannover 96 in between 1989 and 1991, will lead the country to their fifth World Cup - but first since the 2006 tournament hosted by Germany.

DR Congo defeated Guinea 3-1 but that did not matter as Tunisia had secured a point.

Despite needing only a point to qualify, the Atlas Lions weren't prepared to sit on a slender lead and doubled their advantage five minutes later when former Bayern Munich center back Medhi Benatia turned in a left wing corner.

Senegal sealed a place in Russia Friday by winning 2-0 in South Africa and the other two African qualifiers, Nigeria and Egypt, secured slots last month.

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