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Senegal delight in taking full advantage of Polish mishaps

Poland 1 Senegal 2

By Robert Jones

An own goal and some calamitous defending handed Senegal a 2-1 victory over Poland in Moscow.

In what proved a somewhat drab affair, Senegal took a deserved lead in the 37th minute when Idrissa Gana Gueye's effort from the edge of the box was deflected into the back of the net by Thiago Cionek.

And if Cionek was unfortunate, there can be no sympathy for the Polish players involved in the second goal as M'baye Niang was allowed to waltz through unchallenged and roll the ball into the empty net.

Wojciech Szczesny had raced out of his goal in an attempt to make amends for the total lack of communication between Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jan Bednarek.

But the Senegal striker was first to the ball and had the simplest of tasks to secure the win.

Poland grabbed a late consolation as Krychowiak atoned for his earlier error by heading home in the 86th minute, however Senegal held on.

Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse said his team were "not too euphoric" after the win.

"Today we managed to control the game tactically and emotionally," he said. "This victory means we have started the competition in the best possible way, but we are not too euphoric because we know we will have a difficult game against Japan."

The Senegal head coach explained that the match against Poland was difficult as they were one of the best teams in Europe.

"I guarantee the whole of Africa is supporting us. I get phone calls from everywhere. We are proud to represent Africa," Cisse added.

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