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Nigeria, Ivory Coast qualify for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Nigeria and Ivory Coast have qualified for the World Cup. The Nigerians became the first African team to qualify for next year's showcase, beating Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff Saturday.

Nigeria beats Ethiopia 2-0 in 2nd leg of playoff for 4-1 aggregate win

Nigeria's Mikel John Obi, centre, challenges for the ball with Ethiopia's Adane Girma left, and Shemeles Bekele, right, during their 2014 World Cup qualifying playoff second leg match at U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Nigeria on Saturday. (Sunday Alamba/Associated Press)

Nigeria and Ivory Coast have qualified for the World Cup.

The Nigerians became the first African team to qualify for next year's showcase, beating Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff Saturday. Nigeria, playing at home Calabar, won 4-1 on total goals.

Ivory Coast will be going to its third straight World Cup after playing to a tense 1-1 draw with Senegal for a 4-2 total-goals victory in neutral Marrakech, Morocco. Ivory Coast won the first leg 3-1.

In Nigeria, Victor Moses made a 20th-minute penalty kick after an Ethiopian hand ball. Victor Obinna scored in the 82nd minute to send the African champion to Brazil.

Ethiopia had been trying to reach its first World Cup after emerging as the surprise team of the African qualifying campaign.

Five teams will represent Africa in Brazil.

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