2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Finals joy for Ghana


Following Benin's 1-1 draw with Mali earlier in the day, Ghana eased to a 2-0 defeat of Sudan to seal their passage to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

Elsewhere Tunisia did their qualification hopes a power of good by twice coming from behind to force a draw in Nigeria, while neighbours Morocco needed an injury-time equaliser to scrape a draw away to Togo. In the last match of the day Algeria clung onto a second-half goal from Rafik Saifi to claim a crucial home win over Zambia. FIFA.com rounds up the all the news from another day of qualifying action in the Africa Zone.

Game of the day
Nigeria 2-2 Tunisia
Goals: Peter Odemwingie 24, Michael Eneramo 80 (Nigeria); Nabil Taider 25, Oussama Darragi 89 (Tunisia)

When the Super Eagles and the Carthage Eagles were drawn together in Group B the fate of the section was always likely to hinge on the two matches between these African superpowers. After the disappointment of their sterile goalless draw in Rades in June, the two sides served up some spectacular entertainment at the Abuja National Stadium. Despite falling behind on two occasions, Humberto Coelho's side showed immense self-belief to secure a vital draw that leaves them in pole position to win the group. Trailing by two points, Nigeria need to win their remaining games and hope that the Tunisians stumble.

Surprise of the dayTogo 1-1 Morocco
Goals: Moustapha Salifou 4 (Togo); Adel Taarabt 90 (Morocco)

This showdown stood out as one of the headline games of the day. And when the hosts made a fast start it seemed as if the fans at the Kegue Stadium in Lome would be in for a feast of attacking football. The hoped-for spectacle failed to materialise, however, and though the two sides have impressed on the world stage in recent years, they were unable to fulfil expectations this time out. Morocco's injury-time equaliser was the final act of a scrappy encounter that did little to further either side's cause, leaving the way open for Cameroon and Gabon to contest the leadership of Group A when they meet in Yaounde on Wednesday.

Player of the daySulley Muntari (GHA)
Thanks to Mohamed Aoudou's late equaliser for Benin against Mali, Ghana's players knew by the time they took to the pitch in Accra that victory over Sudan would clinch their place at South Africa 2010. The Black Stars wasted little time in setting about their task and it was the Inter Milan midfielder who put them on the road to a group-clinching 2-0 win when he opened the scoring after 14 minutes.

The stat 10 - The number of minutes Nigeria were in front in their home game with Tunisia. The Super Eagles let their guests slip off the hook, however, to drop two potentially decisive points.

What they said"It's very frustrating because we started the game really well. I even thought we were going to score before the interval. There was no real rhythm to the second half and the Malians scored with their only shot on target, just as we feared they might. But that's top-level football for you. The World Cup was more of a dream than a real objective and the result isn't too bad when you consider we can still qualify for the African Cup of Nations." Benin goalkeeper Yoann Djidonou laments the end of his side's FIFA World Cup bid as Ghana qualify from Group D.

Sunday's results:Mozambique 1-0 Kenya
Benin 1-1 Mali
Togo 1-1 Morocco
Nigeria 2-2 Tunisia
Ghana 2-0 Sudan
Algeria 1-0 Zambia

Click on the link on the right for all the stats on the Africa Zone and the match reports on Sunday's games.

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