Cisse reveals how Senegal defeated Poland

Cisse reveals how Senegal defeated Poland

Senegal were able to hold on in the final few minutes, despite some late Poland pressure, to get their World Cup campaign off to a dream start.

Thiago Cionek's own goal, the defender deflecting in a shot from Idrissa Gueye, handed Senegal the lead in the 37th minute.

Their opening goal was heavily deflected and their second was down to a major error from Grzegorz Krychowiak, but Senegal still deserved their win.

"Senegal won due to discipline", said Cisse, who captained the side which famously beat defending champions France in their first ever World Cup match in 2002.

The Asian team overcame Colombia by the same score earlier in the day.

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. With Colombia and Japan the other teams in Group H, it's shaping up to be one of the more balanced quartets in the competition.

But it hardly matters who is officially awarded what; Mane proved his importance by playing a key role in Senegal's attack without really standing out.

As for Senegal, we think this GIF sums it all up quite nicely...

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Szczesney came rushing out to collect a wayward back-pass but completely mistimed his run and failed to clear the ball, allowing Niang to tap into an open goal for Senegal's all-important second goal. "There are no such situations on a daily basis", said Poland defender Michal Pazdan.

Robert Lewandowski is "an example" to young players everywhere, according to his coach Adam Nawalka, but there is more to this Poland side than the Bayern Munich star's goals.

Szczesny rushed out of his area to try and intercept but Niang got to the ball first, slipped it past him and scored into an empty net amid Polish disbelief.

"It is a victory which means we are entering the competition in a way that is the best possible one for us".

Niang, who at 23 has already played for Caen, AC Milan, Montpellier, Genoa, Watford and Torino, said: "I saw a ball coming back from the Polish defence".

Scoring goals has been an issue for Senegal as they only netted two in their past four friendlies.

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Arkadiusz Milik hit a first-time effort wide from close range in the 70th minute and four minutes from time, Poland pulled a goal back through Krychowiak as he rose highest to meet Kamil Grosicki's free-kick and power in his header.

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