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Senegal defeat Poland 2-1       

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.

The two 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 often.

After 37 minutes, Senegal took the lead as Idrissa Gana Gueye’s shot was deflected Poland center back Thiago Cionek.

After 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 Khadim Ndiaye.

Mbaye Niang 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.

The 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 minute.

Senegal will play Japan on June 24, while Poland are to take on Colombia the same day in the second round of Group H.

           

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