Morocco has booked their place at the next year’s World Cup – their first since 1998 after defeating Ivory Coast 2-0 at their own backyard on Saturday. Similarly, Tunisia also secured their place at the World Cup slated for 2018 after they drew 0-0 with Libya.
Morocco only needed a draw to qualify in Abidjanbut went a step further to shocjk their host.
Nabil Dirar gave the visitors the lead 25 minutes in, cutting in from the right and seeing his left-footed cross go all the way in, raising serious questions over goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.
He was partially at fault again shortly after, failing to come and collect a corner delivery which was ultimately directed into the net by Morocco captain Medhi Benatia, who made the most of slack marking.
The hosts poured men forward for most of the rest of the match, but Morocco generally looked in control of things at the back and held on comfortably, giving Herve Renard – the coach who ended Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations drought in 2015 – a famous victory against his former team.
Tunisia also only needed a draw to pip DR Congo – who began the day three points adrift – to top spot in Group A and they duly accomplished that with a 0-0 stalemate at home to Libya.