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Senegal Register Africa's First Win At 2018 World Cup

2018 World Cup Report: Poland v Senegal 19 June 2018

By SL International - Jun 19, 2018 07:01 PM

2018 World Cup 

Result: Poland 1-2 Senegal

Date: 19 June 2018

Venue: Otkrytie Arena

An African nation finally secured three points at the 2018 World Cup as Senegal defeated Robert Lewandowski's Poland 2-1 in their Group G opener on Tuesday.

The Lions of Teranga were pressing high in the early stages, using their pace to stretch the Poland defence.

The Poles, meanwhile, upped their tempo after a quarter of an hour but the West African nation were firm at the back.

Lewandowski had a chance to open the scoring for Adam Nawałka’s charges in the 23rd minute after turning brilliantly just outside the box but he drilled his effort wide.

However, the Lions of Teranga broke the deadlock eight minutes before the break as Idrissa Gueye’s low strike deflected in off Thiago Cionek, wrong-footing Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny as the ball trickled over the line, 0-1.

Aliou Cisse’s troops had the momentum in the closing minutes of the first stanza and ultimately took a one-goal lead into the break.

Lewandowski nearly pulled the Poles level five minutes after the restart with a superb free-kick from the edge of the box but he was denied by Senegal shot-stopper Khadim N’Diaye.

Senegal took a 2-0 lead on the hour-mark through striker M’Baye Niang after Grzegorz Krychowiak made a terrible back pass that was intercepted by the Senegalese forward, who ran clear to score into an empty net.

Nawałka’s troops were making things easy for the Lions of Teranga as they lacked the quality in the last third to test goalkeeper N’Diaye.

Grzegorz Krychowiak did manage to pull a goal back for Poland four minutes before time with a header inside the box, but it was too little too late for the European outift.

The victory moves Senegal into second spot in Group H, level on points with leaders Japan, who defeated Colombia in the group's other opening match.


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86’ Grzegorz Krychowiak

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Faysal Jun 20, 2018 12:22 PM
Well done lions
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tidimalo199 Jun 20, 2018 11:22 AM
SO FRIENDS WE WERE SPOT ON SENEGAL 2-1 POLAND NOW TODAY MORROCO 1-0 PORTUGAL .
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Nkunapro Jun 20, 2018 08:28 AM
These results should give Bafana Bafana comfort for not qualifying for Russia 18, Imagine BB the scoreline if BB was there
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Soni_JX Jun 20, 2018 06:07 AM
Discipline, Determination and Dedication are a key for every nation to prevail and progress. Football with NO POLITICS, NO BACK-BITING, NO PREMADONAS, NO EUROCENTRIC ATTITUDES, NO HERO WORSHIPING, NO EGO BRUSHING, NO PLAYER AGENTS MENDLING and NO MESSING-UP MONEY DYNAMICS........Surely that country is likely to progress footballing wise, irrespective of resource challenges.
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Soni_JX Jun 20, 2018 06:02 AM
LIONS OF TARANGA......My AFRICAN DREAM. Going for the Semis is what you can do for us Africans.....you can do it boys, one step forward, that will be a historic moment for us and football history will never forget you. Delivering a FINAL with an African nation playing, will be a living dream to many of us. Do us proud boys.......do us proud sons of the soil.
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blackmeteor Jun 20, 2018 12:56 AM
My favourite African team @ WC2018 and my 2nd favourite overall............Go well brothers
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Bashin Mahlangu Jun 20, 2018 12:13 AM
Coeditor hwete do you spot profanity in my comment? Don't you like it when I tell the truth about what you are?
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fanist Jun 19, 2018 11:26 PM
Thanks African brothers, imagine if Bafana did qualify instead of Lions we would have been a disgrace
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fanist Jun 19, 2018 11:23 PM
Thanks African brothers very proud of what u did not just a point bt 3 points. But would love to see more energy to them
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Big Mouth Pep Jun 19, 2018 08:21 PM
1998 France won world cup. ..2002 France eliminated in group stages...2006 Italy won world cup 2010 Italy eliminated in group stages...2010 Spain won world cup...2014 Spain eliminated in group stages...2014 Germany won world cup 2018 Germany will be eliminated in group stages
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Mfanakamdala Jun 19, 2018 07:17 PM
There is hope for Africa
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Phezukwabo
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JamieM Jun 19, 2018 07:15 PM
Thanks to the boys from Senegal. We are proud of you. Keep it up. You can do it.
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Bashin Mahlangu Jun 19, 2018 07:15 PM
This is one of the reasons I am supporting Senegal. They are likely not to disappoint.
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Bigjack Jun 19, 2018 07:10 PM
WELL DONE THE LIONS
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wash & wear Jun 19, 2018 07:10 PM
even here in russia we(africans) are celebrating senegal's win
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downzzz Jun 19, 2018 07:02 PM
Nantsi ke nto besiyifuna ma africa
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jun 19, 2018 07:00 PM
Viva Senegal viva Africa
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jun 19, 2018 06:57 PM
First victory for Africa

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