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Senegal beat Poland to hand Africa hope at World Cup

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Senegal punished Poland to win 2-1 in their opening World Cup Group H game in Moscow on Tuesday.

The African side took a 37th-minute lead when Idrissa Gueye’s shot took a massive deflection off defender Thiago Cionek to wrong foot the keeper.

Then on the hour, woeful defending allowed Mbaye Niang (pictured) to tap home into an empty net before Poland pulled one back via Grzegorz Krychowiak’s late header.

Meanwhile, bars across Japan erupted with joy on Tuesday as football fans exchanged beery hugs after their team stunned Colombia 2-1 in their World Cup opener in Russia.

Many supporters, the majority the worse for wear after a boozy evening glued to the television, celebrated with one for the road while still managing to keep one eye on the clock to check if they could make trains home.

In Tokyo, former England captain David Beckham sprinkled some stardust on a city that once sculpted a life-size chocolate statue in his image when he appeared at half-time at a public viewing event.

“You beauty!” screamed Ken Adachi, a 36-year-old computer salesman, almost falling off his stool in a Tokyo sports bar when Yuya Osako scored Japan’s second goal against 10-man Colombia.

“I didn’t think we had much of a chance against a team from South America. Revenge is sweet though,” admitted Adachi after the final whistle sounded a little before 11pm local time.

Thrashed 4-1 by Colombia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Japan’s unexpected victory came courtesy of a header from Osako after Juan Quintero’s clever free kick had cancelled out Shinji Kagawa’s early penalty in Saransk.

“That was so amazing,” squealed 21-year-old student Kaori Hagino, her nails painted red and white in the colours of Japan’s national flag.

“Maybe now we can get to the final. Anyway I’ll have a few more drinks tonight to celebrate,” she added hopefully, downing a gin and tonic.

Hundreds of fans wearing blue Japan shirts spilled out onto the iconic scramble crossing in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district to chant football songs as the revelry continued.                                           -AFP

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