Morocco knock out Ivory Coast to break 20 year drought

Morocco knock out Ivory Coast to break 20 year drought

They'll join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the continent's five representatives at next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

On Friday, Senegal qualified for their second World Cup since Korea/Japan 2002 following their 2-0 away win against South Africa in a replay of their Group D tie.

In the 1978 edition there was Tunisia, in the 1982 World Cup there were Algeria and Kuwait and in the 1986 tournament there were Iraq, Algeria and Morocco.

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They'll join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the continent's five representatives at next year's tournament in Russian Federation . Gabon, who earlier drew 0-0 with Mali in Franceville, finished with seven and bottom-placed Mali five, BBC reports.

Morocco has qualified for the World Cup in Russian Federation by winning in Ivory Coast 2-0 in what was a straight shootout for the place from Africa Group C.

The Eagles of Carthage headed into their final fixture knowing that they would definitely reach the World Cup if they avoided defeat, but were frustrated by their neighbours.

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.

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It was to prove a costly miss for the home side, who had to win after beginning the match one point behind a Moroccan team coached by former Ivorian handler, Frenchman Herve Renard.

But it was the Moroccans who got the breakthrough when Nabil Dirar's cross evaded everyone and found its way it to the net.

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.

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Had Tunisia lost, the two teams would have finished level on points and goal difference and Congo would have taken the World Cup place for scoring more goals in the qualifying campaign.

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