Aliou Cisse-led Senegal National team have recorded a 2-1 win over Poland in Tuesday’s World Cup clash in Moscow to join Japan at the top of Group H.
M’Baye Niang’s strike secured victory on the hour, after a 37th-minute own goal handed Senegal the half-time lead.
Both teams seemed nervous at the start in Senegal’s first World Cup match since 2002 and Poland’s first since 1996.
In the first half of few chances, Senegal took control when outshot Poland 5-2 while the Poles had a slight possession edge.
Senegal took the lead when Mbaye Niang went around Lukasz Piszczek on the flank following a restart and centered to Sadio Mané.
The Senegal midfielder passed to Idrissa Gueye, who sent a right-foot shot from the arc toward Wojciech Szczesny’s far post.
But the Poland defender Thiago Cionek, near the penalty spot, lifted his right leg and deflected the ball past a wrong-footed Szczesny.
Niang then struck on the hour. From the center of the pitch, Grzegorz Krychowiak tried to loft a 50-yard pass back to his goalkeeper but the ball dropped woefully short.
Niang beat Szczesny to the ball and shot into an empty net. Krychowiak pulled a goal back, but it was not enough for Poland.
The teams next play on Sunday, when Senegal face Japan and Poland take on Colombia.
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