Half Time - Poland 0 Senegal 1

Thiago Cionek deflected a first-half shot shot by Idrissa Gana Gueye into his own net, while three players were at fault for a second on the hour by Mbaye Niang.

But the Polish defense could no longer cope with the pressure of the Senegalese forwards as Thiago Cionek scored an own goal in the 38th minute to give Senegal the lead.

Anyway, Poland and Krychowiak did manage to salvage a shred of dignity at the death when the PSG man met a deep freekick with a smart header to pull one back for the Poles in the 86th minute...

Senegal came out victorious with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Poland in Group H on Tuesday.

Poland have won just one of their seven opening games at World Cup tournaments, beating Argentina 3-2 in 1974.

Senegal became the first African team to win at this year's World Cup after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia were outscored 6-1 in losses.

The lead doubled on the 60-minute mark thanks to Szczesny's howler.

Having been treated pitchside for an injury, the Torino striker was waved on at the very moment Grzegorz Krychowiak played a loose back pass, allowing Niang to run on to it, beat Wojciech Szczesny and slot home.

Senegal knew what they needed to do thereafter, holding off Poland to take their advantage into the second half, when they tightened the back and still surged forward on the break.

Nawalka sent on Southampton defender Jan Bednarek at halftime - Jakub Blaszczykowski making way on his 100th global appearance - as Cionek's own goal ensured that Poland's 32-year wait for a clean sheet at the World Cup goes on.

Senegal created a good chance on 18 minutes as Mbayiwa Niang got away from his marker to enable a crack at goal, which missed the target as it sailed wide. "We need to draw conclusions from those two goals and prepare carefully but we have a lot of stamina and strength and I'm convinced we will recuperate and regenerate".

"We simply lacked quality in the first half and made unnecessary mistakes", Poland coach Adam Nawalka said.

Both Poland and Senegal have genuine match-winners in their sides in forwards Robert Lewandowski and Mane respectively.

Senegal is scheduled to face Japan and Colombia in the next two Group H matches.

Despite Krychowiak's late reply, Poland never really looked like snatching a point and must now pick themselves up for the match against Colombia on Sunday.

Senegal is making its second World Cup apperance ever.

  • Julie Sanders