Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida scored the winning goal for Benin in their AFCON Qualifying Group match this afternoon. They beat Algeria by a 1-0 scoreline, to keep matters tight at the top of their group, with the Algeria keeping themselves on top via their superior goal difference. With both countries having played each other twice, the fate of the group will now lie with which of the pair can get the best results in their remaining games against Gambia and Togo, who realistically need to win at least one of their remaining games to stand a chance of qualification.
TV footage showing the pass that Stéphane Sessegnon made to set up the goal for Sessi D'Almeida as he ran into the box.
The winning goal came sixteen minutes into the match, when former Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion winger Stéphane Sessegnon provided a right-wing ball across the box that met an oncoming Sessi D'Almeida who hit the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards out, with a first time strike into the bottom left hand corner. Benin had to survive 35 minutes with just ten men after Sessegnon was red carded, with reports that this was for bad language. Despite this, Benin held on for their first ever victory over Algeria in ten matches, having lost seven out of their nine previous meetings.
Sessi D'Almeida runs off celebrating his winning goal against Algeria.
The result leaves both sides on seven points in their qualifying group, with two more matches left to play. Benin are due to travel to Gambia on November 17th 2018 - the same day as Yeovil Town's currently scheduled League Two match against Lincoln City. The group will finish on March 22nd 2019 when Benin play home to Togo. The finals are due to take place between June 15th and July 13th 2019 in Cameroon. The top two teams in each group will qualify, with the best four third-placed teams across the groups also qualifying.
This was Sessi's fourth cap for his country, having gained his third on Friday night when he came on as an 80th minute substitute in the away match against Algeria. His previous two caps came whilst he was on the books of French side Bordeaux.
Final Score: Benin 1 Algeria 0.
Scorer: Sessi D'Almedia (1-0, 16 mins)
Benin: (Starting XI)
Fabien Farnolle – Seidou Barazé, Emmanuel Imorou, Oliver Verdon, Khaled Adénon - Sessi D'Almeida , Jordan Adeoti – Mickaël Poté, Jodel Dossou, Stéphane Sessegnon - Steve Mounié