Nigeria defeats Benin after 8 years as Onuachu’s late header seals the win

The Benin Republic’s eight-year unbeaten run at home by Nigeris has ended, when they completed the double over their West African rivals, in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

It was Paul Onuachu’s late header which clinched a 1-0 win in Porto Novo on Saturday.

The Super Eagles had come from a goal down last year to beat the Squirrels 2-1.

However, away from home, Gernot Rohr’s men found it tough, until the final moments of the game.

But even before the game, the three-time African champions had already qualified for AFCON 2022, thanks to Lesotho’s goalless draw with Sierra Leone earlier in the day.

With one round of fixtures left, Nigeria lead Group L with 11 points, four more than Benin.

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Sierra Leone has four points, while Lesotho are bottom with three.

The Eagles host Lesotho in their final fixture on Tuesday.

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