Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Senegal outwit Poland to claim Africa's first win at World Cup

Senegal outwit Poland to claim Africa's first win at World Cup

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse refused to accept their 2-1 win over Poland on Tuesday was all down to errors by their opponents, saying discipline and faith in themselves as a new generation of African talent were key.

In a tightly-fought contest, Thiago Cionek's unfortunate own goal (37) handed Senegal the lead before their advantage was doubled through M'Baye Niang (60), who capitalised on a poor backpass from Grzegorz Krychowiak to score his first worldwide goal.

Playing in their first match on this stage since their memorable run to the quarter-finals in 2002, Senegal triumphed thanks to two goals that owed much to Polish generosity: a Thiago Cionek own goal and a terrible mix-up to let in Mbaye Niang for a tap-in.

Arkadiusz Milik hit a first-time effort wide from close range in the 70th minute and four minutes from time, Poland pulled a goal back through Krychowiak as he rose highest to meet Kamil Grosicki's free-kick and power in his header.

With this victory, Senegal are joint group leaders with three points and victory over Japan in their next game will see them through to the Round of 16.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all lost their opening games.

This is Senegal's second appearance at the World Cup and it's the second time the team has come away with a monumental win.

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"I don't think any excuse is good enough for the first half", Nawalka said.

The Southampton defender did not see the Senegalese poacher until it was too late and he then poked the ball past Szczesny's late-arriving cavalry and walked the ball into the net.

The main player for the team will be none other than Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski - who will be looking to continue his goal-scoring form. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.

Senegal took the lead when Niang went around Lukasz Piszczek on the flank following a restart and centred to Mane. As Poland pushed for an equaliser, Khadim Ndiaye dived to his left to parry Lewandowski's free kick, and Piszczek put an open shot into the side net in the 56th.

DF Salif Sane, 8 - Troubled by Robert Lewandowski at the start of the second half, picking up a booking, although apart from that he was a rock at the heart of the defence for Senegal, relentlessly protecting N'Diaye's goal.

Szczesny spotted it, though, and came racing out of his goal to save the day. He was replaced by Bednarek at the start of the second half.

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