Senegal punishes Poland errors for 2-1 victory in World Cup

Virginia Santiago
June 22, 2018

Senegal started their World Cup campaign in Russian Federation on a positive note as they picked up a surprising 2-1 victory over Poland in the Group F clash on Tuesday.

The Teranga Lions of Senegal has given Africa its first victory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

In the 37th minute, Senegal broke the deadlock as Idrissa Gueye's strike from the edge of the box took a heavy deflection off Cionek, sending goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way.

Then Niang noticed Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn't realized Niang was back on the field.

Krychowiak sent a long ball back from deep inside the Senegal half, Szczesny rushed out of his area to collect the pass but Niang stole in to score to Polish disbelief.

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Senegal, competing at their first World Cup since 2002, are level with Japan - who defeated 10-man Colombia earlier in the day - on three points who they face next, on June 24.

After Niang doubled the lead in the 60th, Krychowiak headed in Kamil Grosicki's free kick in the 86th minute, but that wasn't enough for a Poland team in the World Cup for the first time since 2006.

The World Cup group stage continues when Poland takes on Senegal in a Group H showdown.

Senegal beat Poland 2-1 in their first Group H match.

Senegal created a good chance on 18 minutes as Mbayiwa Niang got away from his marker to enable a crack at goal, which missed the target as it sailed wide.

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Aliou Cisse has fielded criticism for being too conservative back in Senegal, but that can not be levelled at him after his approach to this match.

The Senegal head coach explained that the match against Poland was hard as they were one of the best teams in Europe. Videos Bristling with pace and force, the Senegalese imposed themselves on the game before Robert Lewandowski's Poland could shake off their slumber.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia had been outscored 6-1 as African teams started 0-4. I get phone calls from everywhere.

Sadio Mane started on the wing for Senegal with Mame Biram Diouf and M'Baye Niang leading the attack. The Senegal team performed admirably but so did Poland in flashes, and we choose the three players that made the difference in the game.

At the beginning of the match, both teams kept the ball in the midfield, with none of the sides getting a shot off in the first five minutes. "There were lots of unnecessary mistakes and lack of accuracy, and simply we didn't play a very fluid football".

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Lewandowski sprang into life five minutes after halftime as he won possession, burst clear and was up-ended by Salif Sané. They also conceded Africa's seventh goal from a set piece late in the second half, but were able to ride out the storm.

Poland finished third in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany and were also third in Spain in 1982.

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