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Moroccan Soccer Fans Clash with Brussels Police After World Cup Qualifier

Moroccan Soccer Fans Clash with Brussels Police After World Cup Qualifier

Marc Wilmots' Ivory Coast needed a win at home to qualify for their fourth consecutive World Cup, but two errors by goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo put chances of victory out of reach in the first half.

The Atlas Lions are returning to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years after they last made it in 1998.

Tunisia guaranteed top spot in World Cup qualifying Group A and secured their ticket to Russian Federation despite being held 0-0 at home by Libya on Saturday. However Morocco went beyond the required with a comfortable win in Abidjan.

Tunisian winger Wahbi Khazri said on Sunday he can not describe his feelings after helping his national team reach the World Cup, saying their qualification was fully deserved. "He wanted to talk to us to pay tribute to everyone".

The current group of Moroccan players is the most talented the country has seen since 1998's golden generation, which played with distinction at the World Cup in France.

The Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the world's third tallest hotel, also lit up to congratulate the Arabian success.

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The last two decades have seen many coaches try and fail to stamp their authority on a fractured Morocco's national team that lacked identity. "Politics can not do that".

Tunisia booked their place in next year's World Cup finals after securing a point from a goalless draw at home against neighbours Libya on Saturday.

Egypt had previously qualified in the Africa group play-offs whilst Saudi Arabia had gained victory in the Asian group matches.

Last weekend brought about the conclusion of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup qualification process for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) countries.

The draw for the finals will take place on December 1, with the intriguing possibility of Iran and Saudi Arabia having to play each other on the field as political tensions escalate between the two nations in the Middle East.


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