Morocco and Tunisia qualify for 'Arab-flavoured' football World Cup

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Tunisia, Morocco, reach Russia 2018

Nigeria were the first African nation to book a place in Russian Federation after last month's 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo with Egypt and Senegal, who beat South Africa 2-0 in a replayed game in Polokwane on Friday, having also qualified.

Morocco is back in the spotlight of world soccer following the qualification of the country's national team to the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to take place next summer in Russian Federation.

Morocco needed only a draw from their final Group C game to finish top of the standings in the African preliminaries, ahead of the Ivorians, who had to win to clinch a fourth successive World Cup finals appearance. Tunisia also booked their spot at Russian Federation 2018 with a tense 0-0 draw against Libya.

The match witnessed several incidents involving Zaha, Doumbia, Serge Aurier against their opponents as tension heightened.

In Group A, Tunisia will be making a return to the World Cup since Germany 2006 following a 0-0 home win against Libya in Rades also on Saturday.

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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.

Guinea's Ousmane Sidibe scored an own goal but they levelled 10 minutes later when Keita Karamokoba struck past DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi.

CHAOS erupted in Brussels after Morocco secured their spot in the 2018 World Cup.

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.

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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