Meanwhile, Tunisia 's goalless draw against Libya proved enough to seal their World Cup spot from Group A.
Ex-Bayern Munich center-back Benatia then made the Ivorians' qualification mission more hard when he slotted a corner kick home at the far post to double his side's advantage.
The Atlas Lions are returning to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years after they last made it in 1998. "This is the fifth qualification so Morocco is not a small (football) country".
West Africa has dominated Africa's contingent at the World Cup in recent years but some of its big names missed out this time: Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Ghana, all African champions multiple times, won't be in Russian Federation.
Morocco and Tunisia have joined Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal to secure spots in the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, as the five nations will represent Africa in Russian Federation.
Tunisia could not break down neighbours Libya in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis and had to settle for a 0-0 draw that was just enough to see them first over the finishing line.
However, it was the visitors, who sealed an emphatic win as Dirar grabbed the opener in the 25th minute with after his tricky cross beat Sylvain Gbohouo, in goal for the Ivoirians.
Stunned by the early goal, Ivory Coast fell further behind as they failed to cut off a corner and Juventus defender Benatia struck a first-time shot into the net.
Morocco completed the campaign without conceding a goal, finishing on 12 points, four ahead of the Ivorians.
Morocco's victory over the West African giants means three countries from North Africa made it to Russian Federation with Egypt and Tunisia having qualified already.
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