Morocco and Tunisia booked their places at next year's World Cup finals on Saturday with both teams finishing unbeaten in their qualifying groups.
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. Not only did Morocco secure its ticket, it displayed a convincing performance throughout the qualifiers and maintained the invincibility of its defense.
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.
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"Therefore you have to play without sparing yourself in order to win it...but defeat never crossed my mind" Renard who coached the Ivorians to the 2015 title of the African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea said.
Street celebrations in Brussels by Moroccan soccer fans marking their teams return to the World Cup for the first time in two decades turned violent on Saturday night, November 11.
Tunisia also only needed a draw to pip DR Congo - who began the day three points adrift - to top spot in Group A and they duly accomplished that with a 0-0 stalemate at home to Libya.
Guinea's Ousmane Sidibe headed into his own net while defending a set piece after the hour mark, but the visitors were able to equalise 10 minutes later when Keita Karamokoba pounced on a loose ball and flicked it over DR Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi.