Controversial goal as Senegal beats Poland


Senegal became the first African team to win a match at the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday when they beat Poland 2-1, helped by an own goal from a Brazilian-born Polish defender and a nightmare moment for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The president who travelled to Russia with his wife, is also due to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Szczesny said: 'There is still everything to play for because Colombia, who were the favourites lost their first game so if we get something then everybody is still in the game for the third game.

Senegal's forward Mbaye Niang (R) celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Poland and Senegal at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. The statement was released to placate heated debate that had emerged after it was revealed that the head of state would be in Russian Federation for twelve days. Lewandowski has an enviable goalscoring record this season with 41 goals in 48 games in all competitions this season and will be looking to open his World Cup account against Senegal in Moscow.

Poland conceded an own goal from defender Thiago Cionek in the 38th minute and saw Senegal double the score through their striker M'Baye Niang in the 60th minute.

Poland was widely expected to qualify for the knockout rounds but after suffering a seventh loss in its last nine World Cup matches, FIFA's eighth-ranked team is in danger of making an early exit. But an instant replay from another angle shows the referee told him to re-enter just before the ill-fated back pass was played.

Aliou Cisse, the Senegal coach's confidence was not misplaced.

Liverpool fans will have to wait until Argentina take on Croatia and Brazil face off against Costa Rica on Thursday in order to get a glimpse of Anfield players in action. "We didn't want to give anything away, and we did that well", Cisse said.

Sadio Mane. Senegal's talisman may not have registered on the scoresheet but he was central to every attack.

Grzegorz Krychowiak, whose backpass led to Senegal's second goal, headed in a free kick in the 86th minute to end Poland's streak of five straight scoreless World Cup openers.

The seeded team in the group, Poland had been hoping to inflict a fifth straight defeat on Russian Federation 2018's African contingent but they did not account for their opponents' tactical discipline or good fortune.

Lewandowski was no different against Senegal, landing just one shot on target; a free-kick, which illustrates the lack of service he received.



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