Morocco Has the Best Defense in the World

13 November, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • BREAKING Tunisia qualify for 2018 World Cup

Morocco joins Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria as Africa's five representatives in Russian Federation.

A stone-throwing mob injured 22 police officers as a riot erupted in Brussels after Morocco qualified for the World Cup.

Tunisia claimed the other spot despite being held to a goalless draw at home by Libya in Group A of the African qualifiers.

The result took them up to 12 points, four clear of the Ivorians in second place, confirming their return to the World Cup for the first time since 1998, when they were eliminated in the group stage.

Morocco sealed its place by winning in Ivory Coast 2-0 in what was a straight shootout for the place from Group C.Tunisia secured the draw it needed, 0-0 at home against Libya, to qualify from Group A and edge out Congo.

Tunisia players pose for a team photo.

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The first blow came when an intended cross from Dirar went over an Ivorian defender and a Moroccan attacker and slipped past goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo into the far corner.

It was to prove a costly miss for the home side, who had to win after beginning the match one point behind a Moroccan team coached by former Ivorian handler, Frenchman Herve Renard.

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.

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

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.

Tunisia survived some nervous moments in Rades as Libya finished strongly.

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