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Benin strikes twice: A historic victory over Rwanda in World Cup qualifiers

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The team clinched its first victory in 15 matches across all competitions by defeating Rwanda 1-0 this Thursday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. This win, which also marks the first under the leadership of new coach Gernot Rohr, propels Benin to the top of Group C in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, tying with their opponent of the day, Rwanda.

The decisive moment of the match came in the 37th minute. A well-placed corner from Jodel Dossou was met with a powerful strike by Dodo Dokou, finding the back of the net and securing the crucial goal for the Guépards.

This goal not only ensured Benin’s victory but also handed the Amavubi their first defeat of the campaign.

Benin’s success is particularly significant, considering their prolonged winless streak. The team displayed resilience and tactical discipline, showcasing the positive impact of Gernot Rohr’s management.

Rohr’s tenure has begun with promise, and this victory could serve as a turning point for the squad.

With this win, Benin temporarily joins Rwanda at the top of the group with 4 points each.

The victory also has implications for other group contenders, particularly Nigeria and South Africa.

These two teams are set to face each other on Friday in Uyo, with the winner poised to take the lead in the group standings.

Looking ahead, Benin will face a formidable challenge on Monday as they go up against Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Rwanda will aim to bounce back in their next match against Lesotho on Tuesday.

Both matches will be crucial in determining the standings and momentum within Group C.

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This victory has ignited hopes among Beninese fans and has underscored the potential of the team under Rohr’s guidance.

As the qualifiers progress, Benin’s performance against Rwanda is a testament to their determination and capability to compete at a high level, bringing renewed optimism for their World Cup journey.

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