National Sports

Morocco qualifies for World Cup, Ivory Coast misses out

By GERALD IMRAY
Posted: Nov. 11, 2017 7:00 am Updated: Nov. 11, 2017 2:29 pm

Morocco has qualified for the World Cup in Russia by winning in Ivory Coast 2-0 in what was a straight shootout for the place from Africa Group C.

Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia scored in the space of five minutes in the first half to help send the Moroccans to their first World Cup since 1998 and deny Ivory Coast a fourth straight appearance.

Morocco is the fourth of five African teams to qualify and joins Nigeria, Egypt, and Senegal at the World Cup.

Morocco's win in Abidjan gave coach Herve Renard success over his former team and the country he led to the African Cup title in 2015. Morocco needed just a point from the game to qualify.

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