Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Senegal beat Poland 2-1 — FIFA WC

Senegal beat Poland 2-1 — FIFA WC

Thiago Cionek of Poland (left) reacts after defelecting the ball into his own goal on a shot by Idrissa Gueye of Senegal (right) during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group H preliminary round soccer match between Poland and Senegal in Moscow, Russia. Overall, it was a good display of midfield compactness and defensive solidity. But an instant replay from another angle shows the referee told him to re-enter just before the ill-fated back pass was played.

Poland have been left bewildered by a controversial goal to Senegal that proved the difference between the sides in their opening match of the World Cup.

The Bayern Munich forward also admitted he had a point to prove after a disappointing Euro 2016, when he scored only once during Poland's run to the quarter-finals.

Senegal take advantage of sloppy Poland.

Senegal's forward, M'baye Niang has provided the reason his they were able to defeat Poland in their World opener on Tuesday.

The match in Moscow marked Poland's return to World Cup action after a hiatus of 12 years. Even at two down, Adam Nawałka's side lacked any urgency to get back into the contest. After being handed a relatively friendly draw, Poland can certainly dream of reaching the knock-out phases for the first time in 32 years and reach the latter stages of the competition.

Only two corners of the arena were inhabited by a handful of Senegal fans but their voice and drums were creating enough noise to support the Lions on the pitch.

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A Nigerian supporter suggested to the Super Eagles to replicate the method of the Senegalese to bring about victory in their subsequent games.

Poland's Wojciech Szczesny keeps the ball out. Subs: Bednarek 5, Kownacki 5, Bereszynsk N/A.

Sadio Mane and his team started energetically giving the hope that had for the entire tournament eluded Africa.

However, Adam Nawalka's Poland side were boring and uninspiring for much of the game, and fell behind in the first half when Idrissa Gueye's shot was deflected into his own net by Thiago Cionek.

Robert Lewandowski spearheaded the Poland attack. But Coach Aliou Cisse said beating the Poles didn't have the same history-making feel of the 1-0 victory in 2002 against the French, Senegal's former colonial masters. What is Krychowiak doing?! Following that, various efforts were made by the side to find an equaliser.

Krychowiak however pulled a goal back in the 86th minute with a header from Kamil Grosicki's free-kick but Senegal held on.

Lewandowski topped the Bundesliga in scoring in three of the last five seasons and while he had 16 of Poland's 28 goals in qualifying, he managed only one goal at the 2012 European Championship and one at Euro 2016. It's going to count! It's gone to VAR, was it offside? No!

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