Senegal's controversial victor 'kind of curious' - Poland coach Adam Nawalka

Poland and Senegal face off in the second Group H match at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in what promises to be a thrilling encounter, given the quality of players on display on both sides. Poland did get a goal back through Grzegorz Krychowiak's 86th minute header, but it was too little too late and Senegal held on for the deserved victory.

Senegal famously beat France over 15 years ago and reached the quarter-final of that World Cup, before losing to Turkey.

"We managed to control the game tactically and emotionally", he said in his post-match press conference. "We weren't aggressive enough, the wingers didn't do a good job and neither did the midfield", said disappointed Poland coach Adam Nawalka.

Lewandowski said errors and a failure to take risks cost his team, but he vowed they would be better in a crucial clash against Colombia on Sunday.

Senegal were not at their best in the first half, but it was they who did most of the running and looked to make things happen. "There were many different elements that contributed to the poor performance".

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. Senegal will hope to emulate the pioneering team of 2002 captained by Cisse, now the national coach. Robert Lewandowski's side have been unbeaten against African sides in their last three games and would like to keep that record intact against Senegal.

"Of course we represent our country but I can also guarantee that the whole of Africa is supporting us. I felt there was something on and was able to get in there and score".

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An own goal by Thiago Cionek late in the first half preceded the appalling defensive mix-up that let Niang score into an empty net on the hour.

"It was a pass from the centre from Krychowiak, there was a misunderstanding, Szczesny tried to rectify the situation but he couldn't".

Krychowiak needlessly hooked a high ball back toward his own goal from inside the Senegal half and with Szczesny attempting to intercept by coming out of his penalty area, Niang gleefully knocked the ball into an unguarded goal.

The midfielder's shot appeared to be going wide until the hapless Cionek stuck out a leg and deflected it past Szczesny.

Minutes after half-time, Sane was fortunate not to be sent off for a challenge on Lewandowski when he brought down the Polish striker as he charged towards goal.

Grosick's free-kick delivery is headed in by Krychowiak and Poland have a goal back. or do they?

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