Poland's mishaps help Senegal claim first African win

Kalidou Koulibaly  The wall in the Senegalese defence

Senegal's president, Macky Sall arrived in Russian Federation on Monday, where he is to among other things take on the role of cheerleader in chief for the national side that take on Poland in a Group H game at the World Cup on Tuesday.

It was a relief for Africa after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, and Tunisia all lost their opening games.

Mane played a key role in Senegal's opener, teeing up Idrissa Gueye for a shot from distance that deflected in off Thiago Cionek to spark wild scenes of celebrations in the stands.

Indeed, Krychowiak let loose a sloppy back-pass that was gobbled up by Mbaye Niang, who dodged past the charging Wojciech Szczesny and walked the ball into the gaping maw of the Polish net.

Poland created little, with striker Robert Lewandowski feeding on scraps and heavily marked by Senegal's huge central defensive pairing of Salif Sane and Kalidou Koulibaly. It is disappointing, but every game is different and Colombia are a team that plays open football and we can hurt them on the counter-attack.

Youssouf Sabaly found space down the left flank to surge forward before releasing Niang, who scuffed his shot well wide of the right post from 17 yards out.

"Second goal - I do not know", said Poland defender Michał Pazdan.

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In fairness to Krychowiak, he had been unaware of Niang's loitering as the forward had only just been waved back onto the pitch by the referee.

Senegal started the stronger team with Aliou Cisse's men keen to break down the wings at any given opportunity.

Poland's and Senegal's soccer teams would do well to chase history.

The first half hour was a sorry affair strewn with misplaced passes from both sides and neither of the danger men, Lewandowski and Senegal's Sadio Mane, saw much of the ball.

It was the always-dangerous Niang who was at the heart of Senegal's opening goal.

He took the free kick himself and although he managed Poland's first shot on target, it was saved by Khadim N'Diaye - the only African-based player in the Senegal squad.

Poland struggled to respond to falling further behind and as the game entered the final 15 minutes, only Arkadiusz Milik had come close to halving the deficit by missing the near corner from close range. Poland will be hoping for an improved performance against Colombia later that evening. "We weren't dynamic or co-ordinated". It was a sign of things to come, as the youthful Senegalese legs began to take up the ascendancy over a stale Poland outfit. Their next chance five minutes later was the best of the half.

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