Moscow: Prolific Poland striker Robert Lewandowski’s World Cup marketing campaign opened in irritating style Tuesday as Senegal starved him of possession as they claimed a 2-1 win in Moscow.
The 29-year-old arrived in Russia newly topped because the Bundesliga’s high scorer for the third time, and having netted a report 16 occasions for Poland in 10 World Cup qualifiers.
The Bayern Munich ahead additionally admitted he had a degree to show after a disappointing Euro 2016, when he scored solely as soon as throughout Poland’s run to the quarter-finals.
However Senegal ensured he noticed little of the ball in their conflict at Spartak Stadium, stopping him from having a shot on track till the 50-minute mark.
“We knew precisely how this group was going to maneuver and that Lewandowski was their important risk, and we applied the precise system to play them,” the west Africans’ coach Aliou Cisse mentioned.
The match was billed as a shootout between strikers Lewandowski and Senegal’s Sadio Mane however neither discovered the online.
Nonetheless, Mane helped arrange Senegal’s opening objective and mixed properly with Torino winger Mbaye Niang to strain Poland’s defence.
The taller Lewandowski operated extra as a conventional goal man, attempting to create choices for Poland in the field once they have been on assault.
However he was left remoted up entrance for lengthy durations and was swarmed by the well-drilled Senegal defence when he did achieve possession.
He was intently marked by Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly however created an opportunity in the 22nd minute, neatly controlling Jakub Blaszczykowski’s go solely to shoot huge.
Lewandowski confirmed a willingness to drop again to midfield and carry out what he has known as “donkey work”, however clearly missed the standard balls supplied by the likes of Arjen Robben at Bayern.
He made a blistering run from midfield early in the second half and was virtually by means of on objective earlier than being introduced down by Salif Sane, who earned himself a yellow card.
Lewandowski curled the ensuing free-kick superbly over the wall however Senegalese ‘keeper Khadim Ndiaye dived to his left to push the ball away.
The striker continued to toil however his night time was summed up in the 81st minute when he managed a go in the field, just for three Senegal defenders to encompass and dispossess him.
Lewandowski, who has been speculatively linked with Actual Madrid after his agent final month mentioned he wished “a brand new problem”, will hope for higher returns when Poland play Colombia on Sunday.