Poland 1-2 Senegal: Lions of Teranga shock eighth-ranked team in the world

first_img 5 5 It was the kind of messy goal the game deserved. While Sadio Mane’s men enjoyed the better of the first 45, neither team set the Spartak Stadium alight.But the second goal was calamitous. Krychowiak’s moronic volleyed back-pass turned into a perfectly-weighted through-ball to Niang, who rounded Wojciech Szczesny to double the lead in the 60th minute.There was a hint of controversy about it, as Niang had been off the field receiving treatment before running on to collect Krychowiak’s stray ball.Krychowiak made amends with a brilliant header from Kamil Grosicki’s wicked free-kick to send nerves jangling for the final five minutes, but the Greens were not to be denied.England, should they qualify, will meet someone from this group in the next round. Gareth Southgate would not have expected it to be Japan or Senegal.Star man Grzegorz Krychowiak atoned for the thoughtless back-pass which led to Senegal’s second with a thumping 85th-minute header to ensure a nervy finish, but the Africans clung-on for a memorable victory.The Lions of Teranga shocked the world 16-years ago by humbling reigning-champions France on their way to the 2002 quarter-finals and the opening two results in Group H will send tremors through Russia.Ten-man Colombia suffered an astonishing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Japan earlier as the two favourites to qualify from the group find themselves bottom of it with a mountain to climb.We’ve now seen every nation take to the field at this World Cup and Poland, who are eighth in the FIFA rankings, were the latest team to falter in their opening game.There was little the White and Reds could do about the first goal. Gueye’s shot was heading well-wide when it bounced off Cionek and into the net in the 37th minute. Senegal celebrate decisive second goal Krychowiak has two contenders for this. Brilliant as his header was, the foolish back-pass from the half-way line was ultimately what decided the game. A moment of madness.How Group H looks Senegal returned to the World Cup with bang after a 16-year exile 5center_img Youssouf Sabaly worked tirelessly on the left for Senegal. The Bordeaux full-back carried their main creative threat while keeping Poland’s right-hand side totally silent.Moment of the match Sabaly was superb Senegal marked their return to the World Cup with a shock win over highly-ranked Poland.Polish defender Thiago Cionek deflected Idrissa Gueye’s first-half strike into his own net before a comedy of errors allowed M’Baye Niang to send the Senegalese into dreamland. 5 5 The second goal was a Polish horror show last_img

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