Cars burnt, police hurt in Brussels after Morocco World Cup success

  • Cars burnt, police hurt in Brussels after Morocco World Cup success

Cars burnt, police hurt in Brussels after Morocco World Cup success

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

On Friday, Senegal qualified for their second World Cup since Korea/Japan 2002 following their 2-0 away win against South Africa in a replay of their Group D tie.

Morocco is back in the spotlight of world soccer following the qualification of the country's national team to the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to take place next summer in Russian Federation.

Led by coach Hervé Renard, the Moroccan squad maintained an upbeat performance completing the qualifications without conceding a single goal making it to the World Cup since their last appearance in 1998.

Morocco sealed its place by winning in Ivory Coast 2-0 in what was a straight shootout for the place from Group C.Tunisia secured the draw it needed, 0-0 at home against Libya, to qualify from Group A and edge out Congo. If it qualified for the Russia World Cup, this would have been its fourth consecutive participation in FIFA's flagship tournament.

But it was the Moroccans who got the breakthrough when Nabil Dirar's cross evaded everyone and found its way it to the net. Benatia scored with a first-time shot from a corner five minutes later to seal the victory.

Ibenge's side will look back at their double header against the Tunisians, when they enjoyed the better of both contests but only took one point out of a possible six, as the reason why they will be watching on from the outside next summer.

For Tunisia, the barren draw they recorded against Libya on Saturday was enough to get them another World Cup ticket after they narrowly missed out at the Brazil 2014 edition.