The Teranga Lions of Senegal secured Africa’s first win of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup at the fifth time of asking following their 2-1 victory over below average Poland at the Spartak Stadium, Moscow in their opening match in Group H.
Four African countries namely Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia had tried but failed in the bid to record a first win.
Brazilian-born defender Thiago Cionek put through his own net off an Idrissa Gueye strike on 37 minutes to give Senegal the lead before AC Milan forward Mbaye Niang controversially added a second goal on the hour mark.
Gregorz Krychiowak pulled one back with four minutes left to setup a grandstand finish but the West Africans held on to take three important points.
The victory takes Senegal to joint top of Group H alongside Japan who defeated 10-man Colombia earlier on Tuesday afternoon.
Aliou Cisse’s side will next face the Asians in their second game on Sunday, while Poland would attempt to get their campaign back on track against Colombia.