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Super Senegal stun Poland in Group H shocker

Senegal celebrate their second goal
Senegal celebrate their second goal

Senegal produced the shock of the first round as they defeated Robert Lewandowski's Poland 2-1 in Moscow in their Group H opener.

Idrissa Gueye's deflected shot off Thiago Cionek gave them the lead, and M'Baye Niang added a second in the second half for the African nation.

Grzegorz Krychowiak got one back with a few minutes to go, however it was too little too late for the Europeans.

It was not until the 37th minute that the deadlock was broken - although Senegal were grateful for a slice of luck.

Senegal broke forward and Gueye's shot from outside the area had no real venom but took a wicked and decisive deflection off Thiago Cionek to completely wrongfoot Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The ball tricked into the net as Senegal stole a march at the Otkritie Arena in Moscow.

Senegal doubled their lead on the hour as M'Baye Niang netted his first ever international goal.

The Torino striker pounced after a mix up in the Poland defence.

Poland pulled a goal back after 86 minutes as Grzegorz Krychowiak headed Kamil Grosicki's free-kick home which stood after calls for offside and a VAR decision.

But the goal proved in vain as they suffered a 2-1 loss to Senegal.

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