Robert Lewandowski frustrated in Poland World Cup loss

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Poland's national football team on Tuesday lost to Senegal 1-2 in its first game at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Senegal upset Poland, 2-1, for a Group H victory Tuesday in Moscow that owed plenty to poor mistakes from the European nation.

However, Adam Nawalka's Poland side were tiresome and uninspiring for much of the game, and fell behind in the first half when Idrissa Gueye's shot was deflected into his own net by Thiago Cionek.

Krychowiak sent a long ball back from deep inside the Senegal half, Szczesny rushed out of his area to collect the pass but Niang stole in to score to Polish disbelief.

Over the World Cup, we have seen South American and African players bring out their inner dancers on the world's biggest sporting stage and with the first African win, Senegal finally brought that endearing part of the tournament.

The two sides watched on as Japan beat Colombia 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon in a shock result, and knew that a win would be vital to kickstart their campaigns.

Poland were without key defender Kamil Glik, who failed to recover from a shoulder injury in time, and Nawalka was not sure if the Monaco man would be fit for the clash with Colombia on Sunday.

It was then that Niang, unchecked, had an open path to the ball and the goal.

Senegal won their first 2018 FIFA World Cup game against Poland.

The Bayern Munich forward also admitted he had a point to prove after a disappointing Euro 2016, when he scored only once during Poland's run to the quarter-finals.

Despite being, arguably, the best African team at the 2018 World Cup-led by star players like Sadio Mané, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Cheikhou Kouyaté-they were widely considered to be underdogs against Robert Lewandowski's Poland.

"We are Senegal but I can guarantee the whole of Africa is supporting the Senegal team".

"The first half was much worse than the second, we played better after the break but it wasn't enough".

Lewandowski was heavily marked, but apart from a weak shot on the turn that went wide and a free-kick that was easily saved he posed little threat to the Senegal goal.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia had been outscored 6-1 as African teams started 0-4.

However, Mane helped set up Senegal's opening goal and combined well with Torino winger Mbaye Niang to pressure Poland's defence.

"We didn't get any good forward balls to do anything with, and instead concentrated on keeping the ball at the back and keeping possession". Piszczek drills a low cross from the right to Milik but his first-time effort at the near post fails to find the target.