It was played four, lost four for the African teams so far in Russian Federation before Senegal and Poland became the final two sides to make their bow at this World Cup.
Senegal, back in the tournament for the first time since 2002, went ahead in the 37th minute when Thiago Cionek's attempted block of Idrissa Gueye's shot wrong-footed goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was picked to start over fellow Arsenal castoff Lukasz Fabianski.
The midfielder's shot appeared to be going wide until the hapless Cionek, who was born in Curitiba and is of Polish ancestry, stuck out a leg and deflected it past Szczesny.
The Teranga Lions made their lead comfortable when a poor back-pass was intercepted by Niang, who eventually ran through into an unguarded goal to tap home the second. Szczesny rushed out of his area to collect the pass but Niang stole in to score to Polish disbelief.
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Krychowiak however pulled a goal back in the 86th minute with a header from Kamil Grosicki's free-kick but Senegal held on.
If Poland doesn't advance out of the group and Senegal does, the confusing play may turn out to be a critical moment in this World Cup.
Aliou Cisse's team were wayward in their finishing - epitomised by one horribly miscued first-half strike by the lively Niang - and some of their decision-making saw good openings wasted.
Senegal team members celebrate after their victory over Poland on 19 June 2018 during the Fifa World Cup. Both Senegal and Poland are playing with attacking mindset and not shying away from pressing deeper.
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Although contesting only its second World Cup, Senegal could end up carrying the hopes of all Africa if the continent's other teams don't quickly pick themselves up. It's Poland's best passage of play, but they fail to make it count. The teams risk exposing themselves at the back, so we're expecting cautious attacking play from both teams that will yield no victor.
Poland's previous World Cup appearance was in Germany in 2006, when they did not get past the group stage. Piszczek drills a low cross from the right to Milik but his first-time effort at the near post fails to find the target.
At the beginning of the match, both teams kept the ball in the midfield, with none of the sides getting a shot off in the first five minutes.
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Not to mention a back three of Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire with Kieran Trippier deployed to the right. Harry Kane will spearhead England's attack, supported by Raheem Sterling , Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli.