Tunisia qualify for World Cup courtesy of own goal, Morocco hammer DR Congo

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Mar 2022

Tunisia qualified for the 2022 World Cup without even having to score against Mali in the playoffs game.

Morocco s forward Tarik Tissoudali (L) and Morocco s midfielder Azzedine Ounahi celebrate a goal during the second leg of the 2022 Qatar World Cup African Qualifiers football match between Morocco and DR Congo at the Mohamed V Stadium in the city of Casablanca on March 29, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

An own goal from defender Moussa Sissako in the first leg in Bamako (1-0) was all what they needed to reach their sixth World Cup after settling for a scoreless draw at home on Tuesday.

The Carthage Eagles had a cautious approach against a dominant Malian side, failing to create any danger. 

Mali lost their tempo and high pressing following an injury that inspirational midfielder Amadou Haidara picked up, which took the wind out of their sails. 

In Rabat, Morocco hammered DR Congo 4-1 to seal an easy passage to the World Cup after their 1-1 away draw on Friday.

Azzedine Ounahi opened the scoring in the 21st minute before a brace from Tarik Tissoudali either side of the interval put Morocco in command. Achraf Hakimi completed the rout on 69 minutes, with Ben Malango scoring a consolation for DR Congo eight minutes later. 

The Atlas Lions will now play at their sixth World Cup.

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