Senegal Edge Poland, Claims Africa’s First Win In Russia 2018

Named in Aliou Cisse's starting XI as captain, the Liverpool wideman played 90 minutes as his country claimed top spot in Group H with three important points.

An own goal by Thiago Cionek late in the first half preceded the appalling defensive mix-up that let Niang score into an empty net on the hour.

Senegal will face Japan in their next game against on June 24 while Poland will hope to bounce back when they take on Colombia also on June 24.

Niang won a challenge with Łukasz Piszczek, burst down the left, and found Mané who in turn slipped the ball to Gueye.

Senegal emerged as potential contenders to qualify from Group H with a 2-1 victory over Poland.

For him the culprits were "a lack of accuracy and quality", "unnecessary mistakes" and failing to match Senegal's "aggression".

The seeded team in the group, Poland had been hoping to inflict a fifth straight defeat on Russian Federation 2018's African contingent but they did not account for their opponents' tactical discipline or good fortune.

A much-improved Poland continued to threaten and Lukasz Piszczek should have hit the target with a volley at the back post from a deep right-wing centre from Maciej Rybus.

Robert Lewandowski is "an example" to young players everywhere, according to his coach Adam Nawalka, but there is more to this Poland side than the Bayern Munich star's goals.

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Mbaye Niang is buried in a green pile by Senegal teammates after scoring the African nation's second goal against Poland.

Krychowiak needlessly hooked a high ball back towards his own goal from inside the Senegal half and with Szczesny attempting to intercept by coming out of his penalty area, Niang gleefully knocked the ball into an unguarded goal.

Senegal were able to hold on in the final few minutes, despite some late Poland pressure, to get their World Cup campaign off to a dream start.

Robert Lewandowski spearheaded the Poland attack.

Poland kept huffing and puffing and they and Krychowiak gained some consolation when he planted a firm header past Ndiaye with four minutes to play.

Poland have always made it through the group stages of the World Cup when they get at least a point in their opening match (1974, 1978, 1982, 1986), but when they have lost their opener, they have gone no further (2002, 2006).

Grzegorz Krychowiak headed Poland's goal in the 86th minute.

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