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Morocco Stun Ivory Coast To Join Tunisia In Qualifying For World Cup

13 November 2017, 12:49 | Ken Black

Morocco Stun Ivory Coast To Join Tunisia In Qualifying For World Cup

Morocco Stun Ivory Coast To Join Tunisia In Qualifying For World Cup

A stone-throwing mob injured 22 police officers as a riot erupted in Brussels after Morocco qualified for the World Cup.

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.

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.

Morocco defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 on Saturday night in Abidjan to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, the country's first appearance at the finals since 1998. If it qualified for the Russia World Cup, this would have been its fourth consecutive participation in FIFA's flagship tournament.

The first blow came when an intended cross from Dirar went over an Ivorian defender and a Moroccan attacker and slipped past goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo into the far corner.

A pair of quickfire first half goals fired Morocco to their first World Cup in two decades and condemned Ivory Coast to a defeat that means they will miss the showpiece event for the first time since 2002. While it scored eleven goals in six games, the national team did not concede a single goal. The failure to reach the World Cup after being ever-present since 2006 will put pressure on coach Marc Wilmots.

Tunisia finished on 14 points in Group A of the African preliminaries, one ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Morocco beat Cote d'Ivoire 2-0 away in their final group game while Tunisia's 0-0 home draw against Libya was enough to seal their qualification.



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