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Ivory Coast clinches third-straight World Cup spot

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Ivory Coast celebrated their third-ever and third-straight World Cup qualification after defeating Senegal on aggregate.

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Ivory Coast qualified for a third straight World Cup after surviving a nervous finish to draw 1-1 with Senegal for a 4-2 aggregate win in the African playoffs on Saturday.

Salomon Kalou struck in the fourth minute of injury time to make sure Africa's top-ranked team went through as Senegal pressed desperately for the goal that would have provided a major shock in the qualifiers.

Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast won the first leg 3-1 but Moussa Sow scored from a penalty in the 77th minute in neutral Morocco to put the Senegalese a goal away from eliminating the continent's leading team.

With Senegal surging forward, Ivory Coast broke and Yaya Toure set up Kalou for the clinching goal.

Ivory Coast made its World Cup debut only in 2006.

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