(Updated) Senegal punish Polish errors to win 2-1 in Group H
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 20, 2018,
Jun 20, 2018, 16:57
An own goal and catastrophic defending saw Poland slump to a 2-1 defeat to Senegal in Moscow to shake up Group H of the World Cup on Tuesday. They also reached the quarter finals stage in 2002 World Cup under the captainship of Cisse Aliou.
The Southampton defender did not see the Senegalese poacher until it was too late and he then poked the ball past Szczesny's late-arriving cavalry and walked the ball into the net. "There are no such situations on a daily basis", said Poland defender Michal Pazdan. "We also made a lot of simple mistakes, which makes it hard to attack". I get calls from everywhere.
Grzegorz Krychowiak headed Poland's goal in the 86th minute.
Senegal emerged as potential contenders to qualify from Group H with a 2-1 victory over Poland.
"OK, it's important to get off to a good start but the second and third matches are important as well, so hopefully Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria will step up". Senegal will hope to emulate the pioneering team of 2002 captained by Cisse, now the national coach.
"We knew they were a very good team technically". We were able to put them under pressure.
Poland didn't look likely to find a way back into the game at 1-0, but Szczesny's costly error made things all the more hard for his side.
The first half hour was a sorry affair strewn with misplaced passes from both sides and neither of the danger men, Lewandowski and Senegal's Sadio Mane, seeing much of the ball.
Poland fans are crying foul after losing to Senegal on a sneaky goal by a player who seemed to come out of nowhere.
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.
Lewandowski sprang into life five minutes after halftime as he won possession, burst clear and was up-ended by Salif Sane.
Despite putting in a limp and leaden performance himself, Lewandowski seemed to point the finger at his teammates for their errors, which ultimately cost Poland the game.
The phrase former Arsenal keeper is key here, because for the second Senegal goal, Szczesny showed why he can be utterly frustrating despite his immeasurable talent. We weren't dynamic or coordinated.