Senegal secure Africa's first win at World Cup

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.

Liverpool striker Mane set up Idrissa Gueye in the 37th minute for a shot that took a wicked deflection off Cionek, leaving Szczesny totally wrong-footed in the Polish goal for Senegal's opener on 37 minutes.

Japan, who were the favourites to finish bottom of group H heading into the competition, may have been handed a huge helping hand with the early dismissal of Carlos Sánchez Moreno in their earlier game versus Colombia, but the Blue Samurai displayed some encouraging signs against a team who reached the 2014 World Cup quarter finals.

Group H isn't going how most expected at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Nawalka sent on Southampton defender Jan Bednarek at halftime - Jakub Blaszczykowski making way on his 100th global appearance - as Cionek's own goal ensured that Poland's 32-year wait for a clean sheet at the World Cup goes on.

"The second goal was curious", said Nawalka.

Krychowiak scored from a free kick by Kamil Grosicki from about 35 yards, but Ndiaye made the lead hold up when grabbed a corner kick in stoppage time.

"You saw a very solid, very compact Senegal team".

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Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all failed to win their opening matches, respectively, as Senegal got the ball rolling for the continent.

M'Baye Niang sprinted back on to the field of play after injury and immediately intercepted a backpass from midfield, beating former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and Southampton defender Jan Bednarek to the ball.

Senegal player react after an own goal by Thiago Cionek during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group H preliminary round soccer match between Poland and Senegal in Moscow.

Senegal next play Japan on June 24 before facing Colombia four days later. Cionek, near the penalty spot, lifted his right leg and deflected the ball past Szczesny's other side for the fourth own-goal of the tournament.

Robert Lewandowski has the goals both with Bayern Munich and Poland to back his claim but, having been utterly adamant that Sadio Mane also belonged on the absolute elite stage of world football, Aliou Cisse had good reason here to feel vindicated.

"We played better after the break but it wasn't enough and we're not very happy with two goals from our mistakes". You can watch Live & Exclusive streaming of the match from the Spartak Stadium via beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

38' - GOAL! Poland 0-1 Senegal: Niang plucks the ball out of the air, wriggles off a challenge to drive forward and passes to Mane.

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