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Nigeria: Benin Defeat Nigeria in Essential World Cup Qualifier

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The loss means Nigeria’s Tremendous Eagles stay with no victory in 4 matches within the qualifying sequence, after drawing their first three video games.

The Tremendous Eagles are in bother within the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after they misplaced 2-1 to the Gernot Rohr-coached Cheetahs of Benin Republic on Monday night in Abidjan.

For the second match operating, the Tremendous Eagles went into the second half, trailing. The Eagles didn’t begin brightly, however they took the lead by means of Raphael Onyedika’s first objective for his nation. However a mistake by Calvin Bassey allowed Jodel Dossou to stage for Gernot Rohr’s males.

Within the third minute of added time within the first half, Brest attacker Steve Mounie blasted dwelling within the field because the Eagles didn’t clear a nook kick.

Coach Finidi despatched on Victor Boniface and Paul Onuachu for the ineffective Terem Moffi and Alex Iwobi.

There was no communication between Ademola Lookman and a better-placed Onuachu from a Chukwueze cross within the 54th minute. Finidi then made additional adjustments earlier than the hour. Ibrahim Olawoyin got here on for his debut for Samuel Chukwueze, whereas the injured Vibrant Osaka-Samuel had to get replaced by one other debutant, Ismaila Sodiq.

A scramble within the Benin field ensued within the 66th minute, however the Cheetahs cleared their traces for a nook kick.

The Eagles wanted Stanley Nwabali to hurry off his line within the 69th minute to stop a goal-scoring probability. Boniface and Onuachu collided within the eightieth minute because the Eagles turned extra determined.

An important supply from Olawoyin noticed Lookman’s header loop off a Beninoise defender for a nook kick. Lookman had an opportunity to shoot or sq. for Onuachu on the dot of 90 minutes, however he did neither and needed to accept a nook.

Gabonese referee Pierre Ghislain Atcho blew the ultimate whistle after 5 minutes of added time.

The Eagles have three factors from three attracts after the primary 4 matches, whereas Rohr’s Benin lead Group C with seven factors. The subsequent set of matches is in March 2025, when the Eagles will journey to Kigali to face Rwanda after which host Zimbabwe.


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