In a day of more upsets in Russia, Senegal defeated Poland 2-1 in the second match of group H to register Africa’s first win at the mundial.
Senegal opened scoring in the 37th minute when Sadio Mane gave a perfect pass to Idrissa Gueye; Gueye’s fired shot deflected off Poland’s Thiago Cionek into the net.
It seemed the gods of soccer had a point to prove about the efficacy of mother luck, as in the 60th minute as Polish defender Grzegorz Krychowiak gave a back-pass to Jan Bednarek.
Shockingly the ball fell kindly to Senegal’s M’Baye Niang who just returned from the sidelines to race clear past unrushing Keeper Wojciech Szczesney to slot into an empty net.
Krychowiak redeemed himself by pulling a goal back three minutes from time, but the Lions of Terenga held on to add another feather to their second appearance in the World Cup and indeed another famous win.
Senegal now shares the group H leadership with Japan, who earlier beat Colombia 2-1.