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Poland 1-2 Senegal: Five things we learned

World Cup 2018, Poland vs Senegal: Preview, Team News, Prediction, Head-to-Head & Key Stats

Senegal became the first African nation to score and win in the 2018 World Cup after seeing off Poland 2-1 at the Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday.

Senegal took the lead in the 37th minute, when Idrissa Gueye's 20-yard-strike took a huge deflection off the unfortunate Thiago Cionek and bobbled past a wrong-footed Wojciech Szczęsny.

Anyway, Poland and Krychowiak did manage to salvage a shred of dignity at the death when the PSG man met a deep freekick with a smart header to pull one back for the Poles in the 86th minute...

Senegal's return to the World Cup ended triumphantly as they edged Poland 2-1 in Moscow on Tuesday.

But putting all that behind him, the youngster, given a starting role by Cisse, produced an impressive performance against Poland to put himself back in the limelight.

But the fancied Poland side, back at the World Cup after a 12-year absence, were in truth bereft of ideas in the first half and could find no real answers after the break despite increased urgency.

Senegal's forward Mbaye Niang (R) celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Poland and Senegal at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018.

"Two goals following our mistakes was something that we were very unhappy with", Poland coach Adam Nawalka said. Both Senegal and Poland are playing with attacking mindset and not shying away from pressing deeper.

"We are Senegal but I can guarantee the whole of Africa is supporting the Senegal team".

As Senegal and Poland volleyed the ball back and forth, Niang got brought back on just as Poland directed the ball back to their keeper to reset the possession.

It was also impossible to miss Senegal's coach Aliou Cisse, definitely the coolest manager at the World Cup.

Cisse said he was proud that all of Africa was rooting for his side though he stressed that the other four African teams, who all lost their opening matches, were not out of it yet.

Poland enjoyed plenty of the ball in the first half, but Robert Lewandowski was given very little service up front after several promising attacks down the left.

Poland lost only one game on their road to Russian Federation, comfortably topping group E of European qualification.

Mbaye Niang pounced on a bouncing ball to double Senegal's lead in the 60th minute.

Poland's forward Robert Lewandowski (left) vies with Senegal's defender Kalidou Koulibaly during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018.

"Winning the first match puts you in the right mood".