MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
With an own goal and a rare mistake by
their opponents, Senegal dramatically defeated Poland
2-1 in their opening match of World Cup Group H at
Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday.
teams, led by world class forwards Robert Lewandowski
and Sadio Mane respectively, started the last match of
the first round cautiously. The Senegalese seemed to be
in better form, as they kept pressing on the Poles
constantly and forced them to turn the ball over quite
minutes, Senegal took the lead as Idrissa Gana Gueye’s
shot was deflected Poland center back Thiago Cionek.
switching sides, the Poles gave it all, trying to
equalise the game. But Lewandowski rarely touched the
ball throughout the match. His only glittering moment
was a sharp drive 4 minutes into the second half, which
converted into a free kick in front of the box, when
Salif Sane fouled the Polish captain and was booked by
the referee. However, the Bayern Munich forward’s free
kick attempt was punched over by Senegal goal keeper
doubled the lead in the 60th minute for
Senegal as he capitalized on a poor Polish backpass and
the tapped in his team’s second goal.
desperate Poles launched a barrage of attacks in the
incessant chanting of tens of thousand of supporters at
the stadium, and eventually got a reward when Grzegosz
Krychowiak header went past Khadim Ndiaye at the 86th
play Japan on June 24, while Poland are to take on
Colombia the same day in the second round of Group H.