Russian Federation 2018: Morocco, Tunisia join Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal

Russian Federation 2018: Morocco, Tunisia join Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal

Morocco stunned Ivory Coast 2-0 to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, while Tunisia also booked their ticket to Russian Federation on Saturday. Nabil Dirar of Fenerbahce and Juventus's Medhi Benatia struck in the first half for Morocco, who had to avoid defeat to book a place in Russian Federation for next summer's football feast.

Unbeaten Tunisia collected 14 points to book a first World Cup appearance since 2006, DR Congo had 13, Libya four and Guinea three.

Morocco's victory over the West African giants means three countries from North Africa made it to Russian Federation with Egypt and Tunisia having qualified already.

The violence that broke out late Saturday in central Brussels after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup injured 22 police officers, police told Belga news agency. Tunisia threw everything into attacking in the closing stages to try and force a win in front of their home fans.

The North Africans finished top of the group on 12 points while Cote d'Ivoire occupied second position on eight.

Translation: Arab-flavored World Cup "Egypt-Saudi Arabia-Morocco-Tunisia" congratulations to us all.

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.

Morocco maintained their record of not conceding a single goal in the six games in CAF qualifying Group C. Gabon and Mali drew 0-0 in the other final Group C encounter.

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