Ivory Coast vs Morocco

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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.

Morocco sealed its place by winning in Ivory Coast 2-0 in what was a straight shootout for the place from Group C.

Tunisia and Morocco have completed the roster of teams that would represent Africa at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

The Atlas Lions are returning to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years after they last made it in 1998.

And five minutes later Gbohouo was at fault again as he started to come for Mbark Boussoufa's corner into the box but then backtracked, allowing Medhi Benatia to volley home and double the lead.

Ivory Coast was already in decline after being eliminated by Renard and Morocco in the group stage of this year's African Cup, where the Ivorians were defending champions.

After weathering an early storm, including a potential penalty call, Morocco scored two goals in the space of five minutes.

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But it proved to be enough and, after missing out in 2010 and 2014, Tunisia will be at the World Cup for a fifth time.

Libya avoided last place in the group with the draw as they advanced to four points, with Guinea staying on three.

It is the fifth time that the Moroccan national football team gets qualified for the worldwide FIFA competition.

DR Congo were the only team still with a chance to catch Tunisia, but they fell short despite a late 3-1 win over Guinea.

Meanwhile, in Group A, Tunisia played out a tense goalless draw with Libya to edge Congo DR to top spot by just one point.

Jonathan Bolingi's penalty and a goal from Fulham's Neeskens Kebano, both in injury time, gave the Leopards all three points and left them hoping for a Libya victor, but Tunisia held firm to seal their ticket to Russian Federation.

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