[UPDATED] W’Cup Qualifiers: Super Eagles' hopes fade after 2-1 defeat to Benin Republic

The Super Eagles of Nigeria suffered a crushing 2-1 defeat to Benin Republic in the fourth round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers on Monday, June 10, 2024. This loss has significantly impacted Nigeria's chances of advancing in the competition.

Raphael Onyedika opened the scoring for Nigeria in the 29th minute with a well-placed shot to the right corner of the post. However, Benin Republic equalized through Jodel Dossou, who capitalized on a defensive blunder by the Super Eagles. Steve Mounie then scored from a corner shortly before halftime to give Benin the lead.

Despite introducing substitutes like Victor Boniface, Paul Onuachu, and Ibrahim Olawoyin, Nigeria was unable to equalize in the second half. The Super Eagles' attack, led by Terem Moffi and Ademola Lookman, failed to create significant scoring opportunities.

The result has significant implications for Nigeria's standing in the competition. The team now sits fifth in the six-team table, while Benin Republic has moved to the top spot. In other words, Nigeria has drawn three matches and lost one in the four matches played so far. 

This defeat comes on the heels of a 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the third round of the 2026 World Cup qualifier. The pressure on the Super Eagles has increased significantly following this loss, and the team will need to regroup and perform better in their remaining matches to salvage their chance

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