Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Senegal secure Africa's first win at World Cup

Senegal secure Africa's first win at World Cup

Poland vs Senegal is the second Group H 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer game on Tuesday and the second of three games on today's schedule.

He was trotting back on to the field after treatment in the 60th minute when Poland's Gregorz Krychowiak lofted a casual back pass over the centre circle towards defender Jan Bednarek, who failed to spot Niang's sprint until too late.

Former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was beaten by a wicked deflection for Senegal's opener and the victor came after a freakish mix-up when defender Jan Bednarek had not spotted injured striker M'Baye Niang returning to the pitch.

Krychowiak headed Poland's goal in the 86th minute.

"We earned out victory, we worked very hard for it", he said after the win, which puts Senegal at the top of Group H, ahead of Japan on goal difference.

But the fancied Poland side, back at the World Cup after a 12-year absence, were in truth bereft of ideas in the first half and could find no real answers after the break despite increased urgency.

When is FIFA World Cup 2018 Poland vs Senegal match? "It's always hard when you let in simple goals, especially the second", he said.

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The youngest coach here at 42, Cisse said: "They had more of the ball but every time they made a mistake we hit them and forced them back".

Senegal were hoping to avoid joining their four fellow African sides - Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia - in losing their opening match, and fared little better initially, but they had the matchwinner in Niang.

Niang had just returned to the pitch after consulting tactics with the coaching staff but the forward capitalised by getting between the two Poland players, flicking the ball towards goal and tapping into the net from close range.

Poland's forward, Robert Lewandosky has revealed why his country lost to Teranga Lions of Senegal. But out came Thiago Cionek's right leg, deflecting the ball into the net, with the former Arsenal keeper completely wrong-footed. Senegal will play Japan on Sunday (Monday NZT), when Poland meets Colombia.

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

They gave the game away in the first minute of added time when Harry Kane completed his brace with the winning goal.

Senegal had their tails up as the half drew to a close and Sane looked to double their lead from a 42nd-minute corner, but his downward header bounced up over the bar. The football fans who cheered from the stadiums celebrated the win but also remembered to show humility after the match.

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