Senegal Now Darlings Of World Cup After Wild Win Over Poland

Every team has now played one match at the World Cup. No team has earned itself more fans after one round of play than the Lions of Teranga after a wild 2-1 win for Senegal vs Poland in Group H of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday. 

Senegal’s only other appearance in the World Cup came in 2002, when the Lions upset defending champion France on the way to a quarterfinals appearance. Senegal looked capable of returning to the quarterfinals after thrilling in its win over Poland, ranked No. 8 in the world. 

And Senegal’s combination of flair, dancing, fan support and a badass-looking coach make the Lions the darlings of the World Cup so far. Just look at these scenes.

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Senegal vs Poland

Granted, the two goals for Senegal vs Poland were nothing special. The first was an own goal, a wayward shot deflected into Wojciech Szczesny’s net. 

The second goal was a matter of unfortunate circumstances for Poland. M'Baye Niang was on the sideline having gone off for an injury when the referee inexplicably allowed him to come back on as Poland played a long pass back. Niang intercepted the pass, knocked it past Szczesny and scored the eventual winner.

Poland pulled one back in the 86th minute through West Brom midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, but it was too little, too late. 

After one round of matches, Senegal and Japan lead Group H with three points apiece. Japan stunned Colombia 2-1 after the second-earliest red card in World Cup history was given to Colombia in the third minute. Poland and Colombia, the two favorites in the group, have a lot of catching up to do. 

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