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Tunisia take step towards Russia, DRC still in the hunt

Youssef Msakni capped an outstanding display with a hat-trick and Naby Keita was sent off for violent conduct as Tunisia came from behind to beat Guinea 4-1 and remain at the top of World Cup qualifying Group A.

However, the Democratic Republic of Congo are still in the hunt after beating Libya 2-1 in Monastir.

Tunisia seized the initiative in the group when they took four points from their double header against the Congolese during the last international break, and stay three points clear ahead...

Ten-man Libya shatter Guinea's World Cup hopes

Guinea's hopes of reaching a maiden World Cup are in tatters after Hamdou Elhouni's first-half goal secured victory for ten-man Libya in Monastir on Monday evening, leaving both teams on three points in Group A.

While neither side are mathematically out of the running, both need to win all of their remaining games and see a significant goal-difference swing over Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, on nine and six points respectively, in order to pull off a miraculous qualification.

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Naby Keita scores wondergoal, misses penalty as Guinea snatch win vs. Libya

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Libya were denied a remarkable World Cup qualifying comeback when Alkhali Bangoura scored a stoppage-time winner as Guinea won 3-2, with Liverpool new boy Naby Keita scoring a wondergoal and missing a penalty.

Guinea were cruising after taking a 2-0 lead in the first half, but goals inside the last five minutes from Motasem Sabbou and Akram Zuway looked to have rescued an unlikely point for the visitors before Bangoura's late winner.

The win still leaves the Syli Nationale with much to do if they're...

U.S. travel ban could affect chances of hosting 2026 World Cup - FIFA chief

ESPN FC's Herculez Gomez weighs the pros and cons of a 2026 World Cup joint-bid between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino indicated on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban could prevent the United States from hosting the World Cup.

"It's obvious when it comes to FIFA competitions as well, any team, including the supporters and officials of that team, who qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World Cup," Infantino said.

Trump's latest executive order bars new visas for people from six countries and temporarily...

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Wahbi Khazri penalty helps Tunisia defeat Libya

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Tunisia won their second game to open their World Cup qualifying group campaign with a 1-0 win over Libya in neutral territory in Algeria on Friday.

Ali Salama received his second booking in the 49th minute for bringing down Tunisia striker Taha Khenissi in the box.

Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri converted the penalty and Tunisia held on for the three points, keeping them atop Group A following their opening 2-0 win over Guinea.