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The Morocco national football team is qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Today is a historic day in Morocco, as Moroccans have to wait for 19 years to see national team reach the final stage of the World Cup.

The hosts poured men forward for most of the rest of the match, but Morocco generally looked in control of things at the back and held on comfortably, giving Herve Renard, the coach who ended Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations drought in 2015, a famous victory against his former team.

West Africa has dominated Africa's contingent at the World Cup in recent years but some of its big names missed out this time: Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana, all African champions multiple times, won't be in Russian Federation.

At the end of Saturday's match between the national football team and his Cote d'Ivoire counterpart, King Mohammed VI has warmly congratulated the members of the national team on their qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Dirar's in-swinging cross beat everyone and found the corner of the net in the 25th minute.

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But 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, in which they last appeared in 1998, in France.

Achraf Hakimi had the first real opportunity for the visitors in the sixth minute, but the Real Madrid defender's shot from the edge of the box sailed over the bar.

This is the fifth time Morocco qualifies to the World Cup.

With second-place Democratic Republic of Congo netting twice in stoppage time to defeat Guinea 3-1 in Kinshasa, only one point separated the top two.

Morocco have remarkably qualified from Group C without conceding a single goal.