Robert Lewandowski Looks To Give Poland A Winning Start

Lynette Rowe
June 22, 2018

Thiago Cionek deflected a first-half shot shot by Idrissa Gana Gueye into his own net, while three players were at fault for a second on the hour by Mbaye Niang.

A Thiago Cionek own goal and a goal scored by M'Baye Niang gave Senegal the upset victory.

Niang had been on the sidelines getting treated for an injury and when the ref motioned him to return to the field, he sprinted directly towards the action with Poland's Jan Bednarik completely unaware.

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

Senegal came out victorious with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Poland in Group H on Tuesday.

Senegal defeated Poland in their opening Group H game with a 2-1 victory at the Spartak Stadium.

Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski was the man who looked to provide some sort of spark and invention, but even at 2-0 down Poland were far too pedestrian with their passing.

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.

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Senegal's lead was up by two goals at the 60th minute. Beating former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to the ball before slotting it into the open goal.

Poland next take on Colombia and Japan in the group stage of the tournament in Russian Federation. A few hours after Senegal's win, Egypt then also lost its second match, 3-1 against Russian Federation.

It was a particularly disappointing display after an impressive qualifying campaign that helped lift Poland to eighth in the world rankings and brought them to their first World Cup for 12 years with high hopes.

Captain Cheikhou Kouyate, who started on the bench, said ahead of the match that they had been worked "like dogs" over the past weeks by Cisse, who said he was proud of his players.

Robert Lewandowski is Poland's star man and chief goal-getter, with the Bayern Munich man finding the net 16 times in his country's 10 qualifiers.

The Asian team overcame Colombia by the same score earlier in the day. Those clean sheets came against Romania and Kazakhstan - both of which are weaker opposition than what Poland will face here in Senegal.

Senegal have won 50 percent of their World Cup matches (3/6), the best win rate of any African nation in the competition.

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