Benin goalscorer Dossou explains attacking strategy that undid Super Eagles

Benin Republic midfielder Jodel Dossou has shared insights into his strategy for breaking through Nigeria’s defence to score the opening goal, which played a crucial role in The Cheetahs' historic triumph over the Super Eagles.

Under the guidance of former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, Benin achieved their first-ever senior international victory against Nigeria with a remarkable 2-1 comeback win at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan on Monday.

Nigeria took the lead when Raphael Onyedika scored in the 27th minute, initially hesitating before finding the back of the net. However, Benin responded with goals from Jodel Dossou and Steve Mounié to turn the game around.

Dossou reveals tactical adjustment that led to his goal

Speaking to the media after the game, Dossou shared the critical adjustments that led to his equalising goal.

“My style of play was worked on in training. We know that Steve Mounié wins almost all duels. Well before the goal action, Steve called me and told me that since Ajayi was on me all the time, I’d have to change my strategy. On the first occasion, he let the ball pass; too bad I missed it. For the second time, I hid behind the defender, and as soon as Steve let the ball go, I appeared and stole the ball from him to equalize,” Dossou said per 24haubenin.

Dossou capitalised on a breakaway opportunity to score, but suffered a hamstring injury in the process and had to be substituted shortly after his 37th-minute goal.

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Meanwhile, Mounié secured the victory with a free header at the back post, taking advantage of poor defending by Nigeria.

Super Eagles' World Cup hopes in jeopardy after shock defeat to Benin

Nigeria's defeat to Benin has severely damaged the Super Eagles' prospects of qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The team appeared disengaged for much of the game, ultimately losing 2-1 on Monday and ending the second qualifying window with just three points out of a possible 12 from their four matches.

Although this setback doesn't completely end their qualifying hopes, as six games remain, it is hard to envision significant progress without a drastic improvement in their performances.

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To secure a spot at the World Cup, the Super Eagles now need to win all six of their remaining matches. Based on their recent displays against South Africa and Benin, this goal seems highly unrealistic.

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