Defenders book Morocco's place in World Cup finals

BeIN Sports to Broadcast Morocco Cote d’Ivoire Match Free for Moroccans

Morocco, whose last World Cup appearance was in 1998, won Group C with 12 points followed by the Ivory Coast with eight, Gabon six and Mali four.

Tottenham Hotspur right back Serge Aurier's global team unceremoniously crashed out of World Cup qualifying yesterday after a 2-0 home defeat to Morocco, who clinched their own berth to next summer's competition in Russian Federation. Morocco coach Herve Renard revealed after the match that Moroccan King Mohammed VI had called to congratulate the team. "It's a huge honour", said the Frenchman.

Tunisia finished on 14 points in Group A of the African preliminaries, one ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They'll join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the continent's five representatives at next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

He is yet to play in a competitive fixture for France, meaning he could still play for Ivory Coast in the future, but it appears he has set his sights on a place in Didier Deschamps' squad for the 2018 World Cup. Unlike Morocco, who missed out on four previous World Cup tournaments (Japan-Korea 2002, Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014), Cote d'Ivoire has qualified for the three previous World Cups.

Following a heroic and successful campaign, the Atlas Lions did not only manage to top their group, thus, securing their ticket for the World Cup, but also to achieve a feat that few national teams are capable of achieving. But Morocco comfortably contained the hosts in a match that threatened to boil over at times with Dirar and Crystal Palace flyer Wilfried Zaha wrestling each other to the ground.

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