Lewandosky reveals why Poland lost to Senegal

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

Senegal's president, Macky Sall arrived in Russian Federation on Monday, where he is to among other things take on the role of cheerleader in chief for the national side that take on Poland in a Group H game at the World Cup on Tuesday.

Then on the hour, woeful defending allowed Mbaye Niang to tap home into an empty net before Poland pulled one back via Grzegorz Krychowiak's late header.

It went ahead in the 37th minute when Thiago Cionek's attempted block of Idrissa Gueye's shot deflected and wrong-footed Szczesny, who was picked to start over fellow Arsenal castoff Lukasz Fabianski.

Poland's 2-1 defeat to Senegal saw Cisse's side become the first African team to secure a win at the 2018 World Cup.

"Senegal won due to discipline", said coach Aliou Cisse, who captained the side in 2002. Former global Adam Nawałka has done well with the side, helping them qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 12 years.

If Poland doesn't advance out of the group and Senegal does, the confusing play may turn out to be a critical moment in this World Cup.

"We simply lacked quality in the first half and made unnecessary mistakes", Nawalka said.

But they played with great ambition and objective and showed enough to suggest they could well qualify from what is regarded as a very open group.

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Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all lost their opening games before the Teranga Lions took to the pitch on Tuesday. With Senegal yet to face Japan, realistically, only one of the two sides can now qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.

The matchup presents a marquee individual showdown between Poland striker Robert Lewandowski and Senegal center back Kalidou Koulibaly.

"We managed really well to get them out of their comfort zone in the first half".

With Senegal otherwise quite structured in how they played and approached the game, it was vital both in creating gaps that his team-mates could exploit and putting Poland's defenders on the back foot.

They gave the game away in the first minute of added time when Harry Kane completed his brace with the winning goal.

Not only did replacement Cionek suffer the misfortune of deflecting an innocuous-looking shot into his own net, but the entire backline struggled to cope with the pace and physicality of their opponents.

Krychowiak sent a long ball back from deep inside the Senegal half, Szczesny rushed out of his area to collect the pass but Niang stole in to score to Polish disbelief. The football fans who cheered from the stadiums celebrated the win but also remembered to show humility after the match.

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