Senegal breaks Poland 2-1

Senegal became the first African team to win their opener at the World Cup this tournament
World No. 27 Senegal started their World Cup campaign in style as they upset World No. 8 Poland 2-1 in their opening Group H match. An own goal by Thiago Cionek gave Senegal 1-0 lead at the half-time break, and at the hour mark M'Baye Niang doubled the lead. Grzegorz Krychowiak pulled one back in the 86th minute, but Poland failed to find the second goal to lose the contest in Moscow.

  • 91' - Corner for Poland, but the delivery was quite near the goalkeeper. Khadim N'Diaye collected it comfortably
  • 90' - Four minutes added as stoppage time
  • 90' - Corner for Senegal. It ended with a free-kick for Poland
  • 86' - GOAL! Poland pull one back
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak headed in from close range to make it 1-2 for Poland. Good delivery from free-kick
  • 85' - Shout for Penalty by Senegal No. 18. Ref denied it
  • 83' - Substitution! Poland's Lukasz Piszczek is replaced by Bartosz Bereszynski
  • 82' - Maciej Rybus failed to make a decent contact from the left of Senegal goal. Missed chance
  • 79' - Header from Poland's Dawid Kownacki was comfortably collected by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N'Diaye
  • 75' - Substitution! Goal-scorer M'Baye Niang is replaced by Moussa Konate for Senegal
  • 73' - Substitution! Arkadiusz Milik is replaced by Dawid Kownacki for Poland
  • 72' - Yellow Card! Senegal's Idrissa Gueye booked for a challenge on Robert Lewandowski
  • 70' - Poland's Arkadiusz Milik shot it just wide from close range. A good low cross-in from Lukasz Piszczek from the right flank
  • 62' - Substitution! Mame Biram Diouf is replaced Cheikh N'Doye for Senegal
  • 60' - GOAL! Senegal doubled the lead
  • M'Baye Niang scored for Senegal to double the lead over Poland. Krychowiak's back pass to his own goalkeeper from the centre of the pitch, was intercepted by Niang, who lofted it over Szczesny much to the dismay of Polish fans.
  • 56' - Lukasz Piszczek shot it wide from close range. In search of the equaliser, Poland are making more inroads towards Senegal final third early in the second half
  • 50' - SAVE! Free-kick for Poland. Robert Lewandowski with the kick, but a brilliant diving save by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N'Diaye denied Poland the equaliser
  • 49' - Yellow Card! Salif Sane booked for tripping Robert Lewandowski just outside the Senegal box
  • 46' - Substitution! Poland's Jakub Blaszczykowski is replaced by Jan Bednarek

Second half begins...

HT - It's Poland 0-1 Senegal at the half-time break in Moscow
  • 45' - Two minutes added as stoppage time
  • 42' - Corner for Senegal. Free header for Salif Sane, but he head the ball down the ground and it bounced over the Poland crossbar
  • 38' - GOAL! Senegal in the lead

Thiago Cionek's own goal put Senegal in the lead. The ball deflected into the Poland net. Idrissa Gueye with the shot, and the ball deflected off Cionek's right foot and caught goalkeeper Szczesny wrong-footed. Hard Luck!
  • 37' - Jakub Blaszczykowski is making his 100th appearance for Poland tonight
  • 34' - OFFSIDE! Mame Biram Diouf was caught offside in front of the Poland goal-mouth. Couple of good cross-ins from the right flank for Senegal in the last one minute
  • 31' - Poland have more than 60% of possessions in the first 30 minutes of play, but yet to make a clear shot on target
  • 28' - Couple of miss passes from both the sides in the middle. It's still goalless in Moscow
  • 23' - Robert Lewandowski attempted a shot from top of the Senegal box, but his left-footer went wide. It didn't come from the middle of the boot
  • 20' - A diving header from Arkadiusz Milik went over the Senegal crossbar. A half chance at best
  • 18' - M'Baye Niang got a perfect through pass inside Poland box, but his left-footer was a mishit and went well wide of Poland goal
  • 16' - Ismaila Sarr down inside Poland box. He shouted for a foul, but ref think otherwise
  • 14' - Corner for Poland. A short corner taken, but failed to make an impact
  • 13' - Salif Sane shot the resultant free-kick wide of Poland goal
  • 12' - Yellow Card! First booking of the match. Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak is booked for a foul on M'Baye Niang
  • 11' - Another attack from Senegal. This time too from the left flank.
  • 7' - M'Baye Niang's cross in front of the Poland goal-mouth from the left flank was easily intercepted by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny
  • 6' - Corner for Senegal, first of the match. The delivery was poor and was cleared comfortably
  • 4' - Slow start so far. Both teams yet to make an incursion into the opponent's box

Here we go... KICK-OFF TIME

Time for National Anthems

Starting line-ups


POLAND (4-5-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Lukasz Piszczek, Maciej Rybus, Thiago Cionek, Michal Pazdan; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Arkadiusz Milik, Kamil Grosicki, Piotr Zielinski; Robert Lewandowski

SENEGAL (4-4-2): Khadim N'Diaye; Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Youssouf Sabaly, Moussa Wague; Alfred N'Diaye, M'Baye Niang, Ismaila Sarr, Idrissa Gueye; Mame Biram Diouf, Sadio Mane 

Courtesy: TOI
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Senegal started their World Cup campaign in style as they upset World No. 8 Poland 2-1 in their opening Group H match. An own goal by Thiago Cionek gave Senegal 1-0 lead at the half-time break

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