MX23RW : Thursday, January 17 11:55:21
Jun 19, 2018 at 4pm UK at ​Otkrytiye Arena (Moskva)
Attendance: 44,190
Poland
1-2
Senegal
FT(HT: 0-1)
Cionek (37' og.), Niang (60')

Team News: Robert Lewandowski leads Poland attack against Senegal

Team News: Robert Lewandowski leads Poland attack
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Robert Lewandowski leads the Poland attack in their World Cup opener against Senegal.

Poland's top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski will lead their attack in their World Cup opener against Senegal.

The Bayern Munich striker will receive support from Jakub Blaszczykowski, Piotr Zielinski and Kamil Grosicki in the final third.

Defender Kamil Glik misses the match through injury, forcing the Poles to line up with a back four, rather than the three-man defence they used in the run-up to the finals.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny lines up between the sticks for Poland, while Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik has shaken off a minor hand injury to make the first XI.

Senegal, meanwhile, had a selection headache to contend with at the back but have opted to pair Salif Sane with Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.

Everton's Idrissa Gueye has been handed a holding midfield role alongside Villarreal man Alfred N'Diaye, who spent last season on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In the final third, Senegal will rely on the talent of Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Torino striker M'Baye Niang to provide the goal threat.

Poland: Szczesny; Piszczek, Pazdan, Cionek, Rybus; Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Grosicki, Milik, Lewandowski
Subs: Jedrzejczyk, Bednarek, Goralski, Linetty, Bialkowski, Teodorczyk, Glik, Peszko, Bereszynski, Kurzawa, Fabianski, Kownacki

Senegal: K.N'Diaye; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Wague; Gueye, A.N'Diaye; Diouf, Sadio Mane, Sarr; Niang
Subs: Diallo, Mbengue, Kara, Sow, Kouyate, N'Doye, Konate, Sakho, Ndiaye, Keita, Gassama, Gomis

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1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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