Russia 2018: Senegal record Africa’s first win

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Senegal team

The Teranga Lions of Senegal have broken the jinx plaguing African teams at the ongoing World Cup in Russia as they beat Poland 2-1 on Tuesday to record the first win by a team from the continent.

Before the Senegalese took center stage in their Group H tie on Wednesday, the quartet of Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, and Tunisia had suffered varying defeats in their respective opening matches and many feared the cycle will be completed against the Lions.

The Lions however proved their critics wrong as they got in front in the 37th minute as Thiago Cionek deflected the ball into his own net.

Senegal gave themselves some breathing space in the second half when Mbaye Niang on the hour-mark doubled the advantage for the Lions

Expectedly, the Polish players piled pressure and were rewarded with a goal of their own in the 86th through Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Krychowiak’s late header gave Poland hope, but they failed to carve out another chance to force what would have been an undeserved draw.

On their part, Senegal held on to record a flying start at the 2018 World Cup and would hope they can do well in their other group ties against Colombia and Japan.

This is the second time Senegal are qualifying for the World Cup. They made it as far as the quarter-final in their debut appearance.


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