The Teranga Lions of Senegal have renewed hope for Africa as the African Team won it opener against Poland 2-1 in group H, making it the first African Team to win a match in the world cup so far.
The Poles did hold the advantage in possession though, but after a neat move in the 37th minute, Senegal opened scoring.
Idrissa Gueye’s shot was deflected in by Thiago Cionek to give the Lions a deserved lead.
Striker M’Baye Niang controlled the ball ahead of an advancing goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before tapping into an empty net.
Krychowiak however pulled a goal back in the 86th minute with a header from Kamil Grosicki’s free-kick but Senegal held on.
Meanwhile, the hopes of the Pharaoh of Egypt taking a place at the round of 16 have been dashed as they fell Russia 3-1, losing their second game in the world cup.
Muhammad Salah who just came back from injury did score Egypt’s first goal at a World Cup since 1990 with a penalty after he had been hauled down 17 minutes from time, but it was too late to regain the momentum for the disappointing Pharaohs.