All Arab, African nations eliminated from World Cup after dramatic group stage

Only six countries have won the World Cup in the last 50 years, but a thrilling group stage in Russia has increased the possibility of a fresh name at least making it to the final. Left out of the excitement, however, are the Arab and African nations who competed in this year’s competition, all failing to progress to the knock stages.

Despite having one of the world’s best strikers, Egypt was eliminated from the World Cup without a win, as were Morocco and Tunisia. Saudi Arabia managed only one victory — over Egypt, after both teams had been mathematically ruled out of progressing. A draw with Portugal in their third match saw Iran also knocked out of the tournament.

2018 was the first time four Arab nations reached the World Cup finals but their stay was short-lived. And the…

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