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Senegal joined Japan on three points at the top of Group H as they opened their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over Poland at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium on Tuesday.
Thiago Cionek’s 37th-minute own goal put the African side ahead before a calamity of errors from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Wojciech Szczesny allowed Mbaye Niang to nip in for the second just after the hour.
Krychowiak slightly made amends with a late goal of his own as he headed home Kamil Grosicki’s cross, but Senegal held on for a potentially vital victory.
Poland joined Colombia at the bottom of the standings in Group H following a shock defeat for Los Cafeteros earlier in the day.
Lewandowski Needs to Improve to Avoid UEFA Euro 2016 Repeat
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Robert Lewandowski did not score a goal at Euro 2016 until his fifth appearance in the quarter-finals.
Based on Tuesday’s evidence, Poland are unlikely to make it to the knockout rounds at the 2018 World Cup and the Bayern Munich man may endure another barren group stage.
There were extenuating circumstances for his inability to get much of the ball against Senegal, he was well marked and Poland’s ambition was lacking.
And he did at least work the goalkeeper with a free-kick in the second half, unlike the early stages of the Euros:
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But, as one of the most lethal strikers in Europe, Lewandowksi needs to make more of an impact at