Senegal surprised Jan Bednarek's Poland with a 2-1 win in their opening Group H clash at the Spartak Stadium, where Saints' young centre-half featured as a second half substitute.
The first African nation to register a win at this year's World Cup, Senegal took the lead rather fortuitously - Idrissa Gueye’s low drive deflecting off the outstretched leg of Thiago Cionek and wrong-footing Wojeich Szczesny in the Poland upright.
Their lead was doubled on the hour mark by a breakaway run from Mbaye Niang, who owed much to the confused back pass of Poland forward Gregor Krychowiak.
Krychowiak then scored himself in the 86th minute, heading home unmarked at the back post, but only momentarily redeemed himself for the error that led to Senegal's second - which ultimately sealed the three points.
The Lions of Teranga now sit joint top of Group H, after Japan were also 2-1 victors over Colombia earlier today, and will indeed face their principal rivals in the next round of group games on Sunday 24th.