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Tunisia qualify for World Cup as DR Congo miss out

Tunisia celebrate reaching the World Cup

Tunisia last appeared at a World Cup finals in 2006

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

Tunisia finished on 14 points in Group A of the African qualifiers, one ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who fell short despite a 3-1 win over Guinea in Kinshasa at the same time.

Unbeaten Tunisia have been to four previous World Cup finals and were the first African country to win a game at the finals, in 1978.

They were denied a fifth win in six group matches as Libya’s goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush made a number of key stops.

Diving saves kept Youssef Msakni, Anice Badri and Ghilane Chaalani from scoring as Nashnush proved a one-man roadblock.

Tunisia threw everything into attacking in the closing stages to try to force a win in front of their home fans.

Libya avoided last place in the group with the draw as they advanced to four points, with Guinea staying on three.

Libya had been forced to play all of their home games at neutral venues, including Tunisia, because of a Fifa ban on internationals in the country, where the security situation is judged unsafe for visiting teams.

Ousmane Sidibe’s own goal set DR Congo on their way against Guinea but they were pegged back by Keita Karamokoba’s equaliser.

Jonathan Bolingi’s penalty and a goal from Fulham’s Neeskens Kebano, both in injury time, gave the Leopards all three points and left them hoping for a Libya winner, but Tunisia held firm to seal their ticket to Russia.

Live Text

Match ends, Tunisia 0, Libya 0.

Second Half ends, Tunisia 0, Libya 0.

Substitution, Libya. Saleh Saeid replaces Mohamed Ghanudi.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Ahmed El Trbi.

Foul by Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia).

Mohamed Nashnoush (Libya) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Tunisia. Ferjani Sassi replaces Anice Badri.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Ahmed Benali (Libya) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Ahmed Benali (Libya) because of an injury.

Mohamed Nashnoush (Libya) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Tunisia. Fakhreddine Ben Youssef tries a through ball, but Hamdi Naguez is caught offside.

Foul by Ghailan Chaalali (Tunisia).

Ahmed Al Maghasi (Libya) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Mohamed Nashnoush.

Attempt saved. Ghailan Chaalali (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Youssef Msakni.

Substitution, Libya. Meftah Taqtaq replaces Mohammed Al-Tabbal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Hamdou Elhouni (Libya) because of an injury.

Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Tunisia) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ghailan Chaalali (Tunisia).

Hamdou Elhouni (Libya) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Tunisia. Fakhreddine Ben Youssef replaces Wahbi Khazri.

Substitution, Tunisia. Oussama Haddadi replaces Ali Maâloul.

Hamdi Naguez (Tunisia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dangerous play by Motasem Sabbou (Libya).

Syam Ben Youssef (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hamdou Elhouni (Libya).

Attempt blocked. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ghailan Chaalali.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Ahmed Al Maghasi.

Attempt missed. Ali Maâloul (Tunisia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Ghailan Chaalali (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bader Ahmed (Libya).

Attempt blocked. Ali Maâloul (Tunisia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Motasem Sabbou.

Substitution, Libya. Bader Ahmed replaces Moayad Allafi.

Attempt missed. Yassine Meriah (Tunisia) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Wahbi Khazri following a corner.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Mohamed Nashnoush.

Attempt saved. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mohamed Amine Ben Amor.

Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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November 11th, 2017

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