Robert Lewandowski - Poland 'not effective' in loss to Senegal

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Before Poland vs Senegal kicked off at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, every single African team that played in the 2018 Fifa World Cup had lost their respective matches.

Grzegorz Krychowiak's hopeless back pass sucked Wojciech Szczesny off his line, with the goalkeeper beaten to the ball by M'Baye Niang, who prodded beyond him and tapped home.

Senegal's return to the World Cup ended triumphantly as they edged Poland 2-1 in Moscow on Tuesday.

In Monday's pre-match press conference, Senegal coach Aliou Cisse bristled at the suggestion the Liverpool star was not already considered one of the world's best and on Tuesday he helped underline the man-on-Mane narrative by dropping his captain, West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate, and giving the armband to his superstar. Former global Adam Nawałka has done well with the side, helping them qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 12 years.

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The best chance fell to Piszczek, but the Dortmund defender could not connect properly when in space at the far post before their late goal, which was small consolation in a major setback for Adam Nawalka's side.

The middle period of the first half passed by without incident with time in possession the priority but shortly before the break, Senegal made the breakthrough that they and the game required. Lewandowski admits he has a point to prove after a disappointing Euro 2016, when he scored only once as Poland exited at the quarter-finals stage.

"We knew they were a very good team technically".

Senegal take advantage of sloppy Poland.

Idrissa Gueye's shot was deflected in by Thiago Cionek to give the Lions a deserved lead.

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Poland enjoyed plenty of the ball in the first half, but Robert Lewandowski was given very little service up front after several promising attacks down the left.

Compounding the worries for African supporters is that, aside from Senegal, the continent's five teams largely aren't scoring.

Poland continued to launch the ball into the penalty area during four minutes of added-on time, but Senegal successfully repelled the danger to start just their second-ever appearance in this tournament with a win. Senegal would later go on to score the result clinching goal.

Patient passing produced an opportunity for Gueye, albeit his 20-yard strike took a huge deflection off Cionek to wrong-foot Poland goalkeeper Szczesny.

The Senegalese defence led by Kalidou Koulibaly did a yeo man's job in silencing Robert Lewandowski.

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"Winning the first match puts you in the right mood".

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