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.