Morocco qualifies for World Cup, Ivory Coast misses out

Morocco qualifies for World Cup, Ivory Coast misses out

Morocco qualifies for World Cup, Ivory Coast misses out

Morocco defeated Ivory Coast in Abijan on Saturday to book their place in next year's World Cup in Russian Federation. While it scored eleven goals in six games, the national team did not concede a single goal.

In Mexico 1986, Morocco became the first African and Arab team to qualify to the second round of the World Cup after they came out as first in their group, which was comprised of England, Poland, and Portugal.

This is the fifth time Morocco qualified to the World Cup after Mexico 1970, Mexico 1986, United States 1994, and France 1998. In Belgium, where there is a large Moroccan community, the celebrations began right after the win.

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Moroccan fans also allegedly turned violent in Netherlands when celebrating the victory. A auto was also burnt during the riot.

Riot police were deployed to control a crowd of about 300 people after the global side defeated Ivory Coast to qualify for the tournament in Russian Federation.

They were forced to use a water canon to stop the mob launching stones and smashing glass. Street signs and furniture were also destroyed or damaged. But there were reports of riots or celebrations getting out of control in other countries. Police tweeted that some people threw objects at officers during the celebrations.

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Interior Minister Jan Jambon said on Twitter: "Unacceptable aggression in the centre of Brussels".

Herve Renard's side booked their spot in the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Morocco needed only a draw from their final Group C game to finish top of the standings in the African preliminaries, ahead of the Ivorians, who had to win to clinch a fourth successive World Cup finals appearance.

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