Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to World Cup

Tunisia, Morocco pick Africa's last tickets to Russia 2018 World Cup

The Atlas Lions have qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998.

The Morocco national football team is qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Morocco and Tunisia now join Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt as Africa's representatives at next year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

A goalless stalemate at home to Libya was enough for the Eagles of Carthage to pip Congo DR to top spot in Group A, while Morocco recorded an impressive 2-0 victory away to Côte d'Ivoire.

As the final set of matches of CAF World Cup qualification concluded, all five African World Cup slots have been confirmed, including Tunisisa and Morocco.

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Tunisia last played at the World Cup in 2006.

Morocco ran down the clock with tactical substitutions in the closing minutes as Renard master-minded the downfall of his former employers, who he helped win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Needing only a draw to qualify for next year's Russian Federation finals, two first-half goals from Nibal Dirar and Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia ensured the Atlas Lions a World Cup spot.

Achraf Hakimi had the first real opportunity for the visitors in the sixth minute, but the Real Madrid defender's shot from the edge of the box sailed over the bar.

The win takes Congo up to 13 points, but Libya's failure to beat Tunisia means they end the campaign tantalisingly one point short of the North Africans. The Tunisians held on for the draw, though, and it turned out to be a precious point.

Tunisia finished top of the group on 14 points, just one point ahead of second-placed Congo Democratic Republic who defeated Guinea 3-1. Goals from Nabil Dirar and Mehdi Benatia in the first half secured qualification for the Moroccans who won the group with 12 points.

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