Senegal picked up Africa’s first points at the 2018 World Cup as they beat European opponents Poland by two goals to one.
A hard fought game went the way of the West Africans who took a two goal lead and survived a late onslaught from the Polish.
African countries in the tournament have been pitiful in their performances, with Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt all losing their opening games. The last to play, Senegal were the final opportunity for the continent to pick up some points in the first round of games.
Coached by 2002 world cup veteran, legend Aliou Cisse, the Lions of Teranga sparkled and held off a Polish side with some world class stars in their ranks.
They took the lead in the 37th minute through an own goal, after Thiago Cionek deflected Idrissa Gueye’s shot past his own goalie.
A fairly balanced game went further in their favour in the second half, as Torino forward M’Baye Niang took advantage of some confusion in the Polish defence to round off Szceszny and slot into an empty net.
Midfielder Krychowiak, at fault for Senegal’s second, pulled one back for his team four minutes from time but Senegal survived the late onslaught to hold onto their precious win and move alongside Japan atop Group H.