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World Cup: Poland nets own goal for Senegal

June 19 (UPI) — Senegal went up 1-0 in its first match of the 2018 World Cup after an own goal by Poland Tuesday in Moscow.

The miscue came in the 37th minute of the Group H match at Spartak Stadium. Senegal and Poland were tied at 0-0 when Liverpool winger Sadio Mane took control of the ball about 30 yards out from the net. He slid the ball to his right, finding fellow midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

The Everton star stepped over before ripping a shot through the Poland defense. But defender Thiago Cionek stepped in the way. Cionek attempted the clear the ball, but flipped it past keeper Wojciech Szczesny instead.

Senegal led Poland 1-0 at halftime.

Poland battles Colombia in its second Group H match at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia. Senegal faces Japan in Group H at 11 a.m. Sunday at Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Senegal is playing in its first World Cup since 2002, when it reached the quarterfinals. Poland has finished in third place twice at the World Cup, but hasn’t competed in the tournament since 2006. Poland hasn’t advanced past the group stage since 1986.

There have now been four own goals scored at the 2018 World Cup.

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