Poland's mishaps help Senegal claim first African win

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2018

If Poland doesn't advance out of the group and Senegal does, the confusing play may turn out to be a critical moment in this World Cup.

Their approach paid off just after the hour mark but Poland contributed to their own downfall as Grzegorz Krychowiak's back-pass from the halfway line was short, leading to confusion between Jan Bednarek and Szczesny who failed to make connection with the ball.

Senegal were rewarded for their earlier attempts as a shot down the middle from Issa Gueye deflected off Thiago Cionek and past Woljiech Szcesny on 37 minutes. Poland must get more out of their main man against Colombia on Sunday.

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.

Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Rybus, Piotr Zielinski, Karol Linetty, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kamil Grosicki, Slawomir Peszko, and Rafal Kurzawa. Poland have a mountain to climb if they are to reach the last 16 for the first time since 1986. Subs: Konate 5, N'Doye 5, Kouyate 5. He tees up Gueye who rifles a low shot from the top of the box, it takes a wicked deflection off Cionek, wrong-footing the goalkeeper and ending up in the back of the net.

Niang pounced on the ball, rounded keeper Wojciech Szczesny and tapped the ball into the open net.

Lewandowski curled the free kick over the Senegal wall but Khadim Ndiaye - the only African-based player in Senegal's squad - pushed it away.

60' - GOAL! Poland 0-2 Senegal: Crazy defending from Poland - a comedy of errors see them concede their second of the match! Piszczek drills a low cross from the right to Milik but his first-time effort at the near post fails to find the target. Robert Lewandowski has the goals both with Bayern Munich and Poland to back his claim but, having been utterly adamant that Sadio Mane also belonged on the absolute elite stage of world football, Aliou Cisse had good reason here to feel vindicated.

But while the Senegal first was unlucky for Poland, they were architects of their own downfall for the decisive second, handing Niang his first global goal on the hour mark.

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