Morocco beat Ivory Coast in Abijan to qualify for Russian Federation

Peru's Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring against Colombia during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Lima

Peru's Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring against Colombia during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Lima

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 defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 on Saturday night in Abidjan to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, the country's first appearance at the finals since 1998.

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. Tunisia also booked their spot at Russian Federation 2018 with a tense 0-0 draw against Libya.

Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia found the net to seal the win.

Seydou Doumbia had the best chance to score for the Elephants in the second half after being put through by Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha, but he placed his shot well over the bar unmarked.

Guinea's Ousmane Sidibe scored an own goal but they levelled 10 minutes later when Keita Karamokoba struck past DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi.

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.

Meanwhile, Tunisia on Saturday booked their place in next year's finals after securing a point from a goalless draw at home against neighbors Libya.

The Atlas Lions then doubled their lead just five minutes later through Captain Mehdi Benatia's neat finish off a corner, ensuring Herve Renard's men finished top of Group C and the only team in the overall qualifiers, which did not concede a single goal.

Group B: Zambia 2 (Daka 26, Mwila 64) drew with Cameroon 2 (Zambo Anguissa 31, Banana 90+1).

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