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Poland vs Senegal 1:2 Final Score – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group H

Poland vs Senegal 1:2 Final Score - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Senegal’s players celebrate their opening goal with Senegal’s Sadio Mane during the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

According to report reaching through indian express, first round of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia after beating their opponenets 2-1 on Tuesday at Spartak Stadium. Senegal took the lead after a clumsy own-goal by Thiago Cionek in the first half.

M’Baye Niang doubled the lead for the African side in the second half as Poland keeper Wojciech Szczesny decided to race out to save the long pass. But Niang edged past him to slot home in an empty net. Poland scored the only goal in the dying minutes of the game as Grzegorz Krychowiak sent a header past the Senegal keeper. The result leaves Senegal level with Japan in Group H.

Group H

Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Colombia 4 2 1 1 6 3 7
Senegal 3 1 1 1 4 4 4
Japan 4 1 1 2 6 7 4
Poland 3 1 0 2 2 5 3
Colombia 1-2 Japan
SaranskJune 19, 2018 15:00
Poland 1-2 Senegal
MoscowJune 19, 2018 18:00
Japan 2-2 Senegal
EkaterinburgJune 24, 2018 20:00
Poland 0-3 Colombia
KazanJune 24, 2018 21:00
Japan 0-1 Poland
VolgogradJune 28, 2018 17:00
Senegal 0-1 Colombia
SamaraJune 28, 2018 18:00

Controversial goal helps Senegal surprise Poland in Group H through Thiago Cionek (37′ OG) M’Baye Niang (60′) and Polish own goal through Grzegorz Krychowiak (86′).
And this make Senegal to became the first Africa country in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ team  to win a match by beating Poland 2-1, helped by two shocking errors in the European side’s defence.

Poland defender Thiago Cionek stuck out a leg and deflected Idrissa Gueye’s wayward shot into the net in the 37th minute before goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny rushed recklessly out of his area and allowed M’Baye Niang to nip in and score into an empty net on the hour.

Szczesny may have been caught out because Niang was having treatment on the touchline and re-entered the pitch as the ball was played backwards to the Poland goalkeeper by Grzegorz Krychowiak.

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

The win took Senegal top of Group H with three points, along with Japan who also beat Colombia by the same score. Colombia and Poland are both without a point.

It was a relief for Africa after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all lost their opening games.

Poland’s record scorer Robert Lewandowski got little change out of a well-drilled Senegal defence, led by Kalidou Koulibaly, and they sorely missed key defender Kamil Glik, still recovering from a training injury sustained two weeks ago.

The first half hour was a sorry affair strewn with misplaced passes from both sides and neither of the danger men, Lewandowski and Senegal’s Sadio Mane, saw much of the ball.

The first shot on target produced the first goal as Senegal went ahead in the 37th minute.

Niang won a challenge with Lukasz Piszczek, burst down the left and found Mane who in turn slipped the ball to Gueye. The midfielder’s shot appeared to be going wide until the hapless Cionek stuck out a leg and deflected it past Szczesny.

Lewandowski sprang into life five minutes after halftime as he won possession, burst clear and was up-ended by Salif Sane. He took the free kick himself and although he managed Poland’s first shot on target, it was saved by Khadim N’Diaye.

Poland appeared to be coming back into the game until the most embarrassing moment of the World Cup so far.

Niang had picked up a knock and gone to the sidelines for treatment, and the referee and fourth official allowed him to return to play just as Krychowiak tried to pass the ball back to his goalkeeper. Szczesny rushed out of his area to collect the pass but Niang stole in to score to Polish disbelief.

Krychowiak partially made amends with his goal but it was too late for the disappointing Poles.

Poland have now gone six successive World Cups without scoring in their opening match and last won one in 1974.

credit: ESPN

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