Gueye off to winning start with Senegal

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last

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Idrissa Gueye and Senegal began their Group H campaign with a 2-1 victory over Poland at Spartak Stadium today, with the Everton man playing a crucial role in their opening goal.

The midfielder's 37th-minute shot took a heavy deflection off Thiago Cionek and bounced past Wojciech Szczesny to give the Africa side the lead via what was officially credited as an own goal.

Senegal doubled their lead in the second half through M'Baye Niang, albeit in somewhat controversial circumstances.

The striker was waved back onto the field as Senegal cleared their lines and he raced behind the last defender to intercept a back pass before sprinting clear to slot into an open net having prodded the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.

Grzegorz Krychowiak headed home in impressive fashion with four minutes left of the 90 but the Poles couldn't find an equaliser in the closing stages.