Russia 2018: Senegal Defeats Poland 2-1
Senegal has become the first African team to have won their opening match in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia, having defeated Poland 2-1 on Tuesday to salvage the pride of the African countries.
The African side took a deserved lead on 37 minutes when a shot from Idrissa Gueye was deflected to the Poland’s net by Thiago Cionek for an own-goal.
In the build up to the goal, Mbaye Niang beats Michal Pazdan down the left and sprints ahead before laying off the ball to skipper Sadio Mane.
The Liverpool man waited for Gueye, who drilled a low shot at goal which took a huge deflection off defender Cionek, wrong-footing Wojciech Szczesny and rolling into the net.
Niang added a second goal for Senegal on 61 minutes to keep the African side safe.
Former West Brom midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak played an aimless, bouncing back pass towards goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who sprinted 35 yards off his line.
Niang, who was given the signal to come back on to the pitch by the referee, nips in and had a free run on goal, before popping the ball into an open net.
On 86 minutes, Poland reduced the tally from a goal by Grzegorz Krychowiak, whose errant pass led to Senegal’s second goal.
The former West Brom loanee headed in from Hull winger, Kamil Grosicki’s cross towards the far post.
Despite having 61 percent possession and 11 shots at goal, with four shots on target, Poland could not break the Senegalese resistance, while their superstar, Robert Lewandowski was ineffective in the match.
Senegal are now joined top of Group H, with Japan, who beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 earlier in the day.
Other African countries including Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia lost their opening matches in the tournament.