Senegal Beats Poland By Scoring The Sneakiest Goal Of The World Cup

Ruben Hill
June 21, 2018

By starting its World Cup with a win, Senegal also saved Africa from embarrassment in the tournament.

The 29-year-old arrived in Russian Federation newly crowned as the Bundesliga's top scorer for the third time, and having netted a record 16 times for Poland in 10 World Cup qualifiers.

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.

And the result was yet another famous opening game victory for Senegal, 16 years on from that famous night in 2002. This looked the most open group in Russian Federation, and so it has proved: after Japan surprised Colombia earlier in the day, Senegal beat Poland 2-1 on a muggy evening in Moscow. Senegal made a statement of intent getting the better of much-hyped Poland 2-1 in their first encounter of the World Cup on Tuesday.

"It is not the same thing, not the same flavor", Cisse said. "France was the country that colonized Senegal".

The first half was largely bad, and it was shaping up to be the first goalless draw of what has been a terrifically exciting World Cup so far.

Poland are the group's highest-ranked side at number eight, but they struggled to create further chances with a free-kick from captain Robert Lewandowski one of just four shots on target.

"Senegal today represents the whole of the African continent", he said.

Tunisia went on to add to Africans' misery on Monday by losing 1-2 to England in Group G at Volgograd. Mohamed Salah, Egypt's star striker, also scored from the spot on his return Tuesday to the team following his left-shoulder injury in the Champions League final in May.

Niang outsprinted goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to reach the ball about 40 yards from the net, knocked the ball forward and tapped it in for Senegal's second fluky goal of the night. Which of the two prolific forwards will be more effective in front of the goal, however, only the next 90 mins will tell. Defender Thiago Cionek deflected a shot off his right calf past his own keeper, an own goal that gave Senegal the lead. And he duly delivered in what Senegal fans hope was not the last of his best performance for the team at this World Cup.

The Teranga Lions managed to make the most of some bad defending from the eastern European nation and came away with a historic win, which sparked some absolutely balling dance moves from Mane and his team.

Senegal resume their World Cup campaign against Japan on Sunday before facing Colombia. "We knew this Poland team very well", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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