Tunisia clinch World Cup spot after draw with Libya

BREAKING Tunisia qualify for 2018 World Cup

BREAKING Tunisia qualify for 2018 World Cup

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.

Tunisia won their place in next year's World Cup finals by taking away a point from a goalless draw at home against neighbours Libya on Saturday.

On Saturday, Morocco and Tunisia both qualified for the 2018 World Cup after their respective victories against Ivory Coast and Libya. Tunisia threw everything into attacking in the closing stages to try and force a win in front of their home fans.

It will be Tunisia's first World Cup involvement since 2006 in Germany, and they join Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria as Africa's five representatives in Russian Federation.

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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.

Cote d'Ivoire needed an outright win to qualify while a draw would still have been enough for Morocco.

It was unspectacular, but they got the job done and ultimately progressed with a one-point buffer after a late flurry helped DR Congo beat Guinea 3-1 in the group's other match.

Libya had been forced to play all of their home games at neutral venues, including Tunisia, because of a Federation Internationale de Football Association ban on internationals in the nation, where the security situation is judged unsafe for visiting teams. Gabon had seven and bottom-placed Mali five.

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