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Benin Republic dent Super Eagles W’Cup hopes with 2-1 shocker


The Super Eagles of Nigeria faced a surpriseing defeat on Monday, losing 2-1 to Benin Republic in the fourth round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.

Nigeria took the lead in the 29th minute when Raphael Onyedika scored with a precise shot to the right corner of the goal. However, Benin Republic quickly responded with a goal from Jodel Dossou, who capitalized on a defensive mistake by the Super Eagles to level the score.

Just before halftime, Benin’s Steve Mounie scored with a right-footed shot from a corner, putting Benin ahead 2-1. This result puts Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup in jeopardy.

The Super Eagles, aiming to recover from their 1-1 draw with South Africa last Friday, started well with Onyedika’s goal. However, Finidi George’s team couldn’t maintain their lead as Benin Republic took control with two goals before the break.

Benin Republic now sits at the top of Group C with seven points, while Nigeria remains in fifth place with three points.

This defeat has significantly impacted Nigeria’s hopes for World Cup qualification.