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Benin Republic Stuns Nigeria in World Cup Qualifier Match

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In a stunning upset at the Stade Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Benin Republic secured a remarkable 2-1 victory over the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a pivotal FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier match.

The match marked a significant moment in history as it was only the second time Nigeria suffered defeat at the hands of their West African neighbors, Benin Republic.

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The game commenced with Benin Republic seizing the initiative early in the second half, with captain Steve Mounie delivering a crucial goal. Despite the Super Eagles’ valiant efforts to mount a comeback, they struggled to breach the resilient Benin defense.

Nigeria managed to equalize midway through the first half, as Raphael Onyedika found the net with an impressive strike assisted by Samuel Chuwueze. However, Benin swiftly responded, reclaiming the lead just before halftime courtesy of a goal from Jodel Dossou.

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Throughout the match, both teams showcased moments of skill and determination, but it was Benin Republic who emerged victorious, securing a vital three points in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The defeat leaves Nigeria in a precarious position, having failed to secure a win in any of their first four qualifiers and currently sitting fifth in Group C. With mounting pressure on coach Finidi George and his squad, the Super Eagles face an arduous task to reignite their World Cup aspirations.

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As the dust settles on this enthralling encounter, attention now shifts to the subsequent phase of qualifiers, where both teams will endeavor to bounce back from this result and pursue their quest for a coveted spot in the prestigious tournament.

For more updates and in-depth analysis of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers and the latest football news from Nigeria and beyond, stay tuned to Ejes Gist News – Your Source for Credible News in Nigeria Now.

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