Nigeria qualify for Russia … After beating Zambia

 Iwobi (centre) celebrates with his Nigeria team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game

Iwobi (centre) celebrates with his Nigeria team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game

NIGERIA booked their ticket to the 2018 World Cup with victory over Zambia on Saturday.
Nigeria began the day knowing victory would be enough to secure passage from Group B and they duly delivered with a 1-0 win thanks to Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, who came off the bench to score.
The goal came in the 73rd minute when Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Abdullahi Shehu linked up on the right, with the latter cutting back for Iwobi to slot home.
Tunisia are on the verge of securing their place in the finals after they came from behind to beat Guinea 4-1 in Group A, with Youssef Msakni bagging a hat-trick and Mohamed Ben Amor also on the scoresheet.
Naby Keita had put a huge dent in their hopes with a 35th minute strike, but Msakni levelled with the last kick of the first half, firing home a free-kick.
The Al-Duhail man then put them ahead with a superb left-footed strike in the 74th minute.
And Ben Amor made sure seven minutes from time as Msakni turned provider on the counter-attack.
There was a final twist to come in stoppage time as Keita was sent off and Msakni capitalised to complete his hat-trick.
Tunisia topped the group by three points from DR Congo, 2-1 winners over Libya, with one match left to play.
Egypt can book their ticket if they beat Congo on Sunday after Uganda were held to a goalless draw by Ghana in their Group E clash.

HOW IT STANDS IN AFRICA

In Group A, Tunisia won 4-1 in Guinea and will reach the World Cup if they draw at home to Libya in November. Slip-up, and Congo DR will qualify by beating Guinea.
Group B sees the only confirmed qualifier from CAF thus far – Nigeria making a third straight tournament after beating their only challenger, Zambia, 1-0.
The tightest pool is Group C, which is now topped by Morocco after they beat Gabon 3-0. The North Africans must now avoid defeat in Ivory Coast, otherwise the Elephants will go through instead.
Senegal control Group D, two points clear with a game in hand. Win that against South Africa, and it will be a first World Cup since their memorable 2002 debut for them.
Group E saw Ghana holding Uganda on Saturday. On Sunday, Egypt will qualify if they beat winless Congo. – MailOnline

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