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Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Morocco Has the Best Defense in the World

Morocco Has the Best Defense in the World

North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

In the 1978 edition there was Tunisia, in the 1982 World Cup there were Algeria and Kuwait and in the 1986 tournament there were Iraq, Algeria and Morocco.

For the first time in history, four Arab teams have qualified for the World Cup for the 2018 edition, which will be held in Russian Federation.

Morocco defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 on Saturday night in Abidjan to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, the country's first appearance at the finals since 1998.

Tunisia players pose for a team photo.

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.

However, 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, where their last appearance was in France in 1998.

But it was the Moroccans who got the breakthrough when Nabil Dirar's cross evaded everyone and found its way it to the net.

The Atlas Lions just needed to avoid defeat in order to book their place in Russian Federation, but took all three points. The Tunisians held on for the draw, though, and it turned out to be a precious point.

Meanwhile, Tunisia 's goalless draw against Libya proved enough to seal their World Cup spot from Group A.

Tunisia's point ensures their fifth World Cup participation - and their first since 2006 - but ensures that the Democratic Republic of Congo's wait to return to the global showpiece for the first time since 1974 will continue.

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