The 23-year-old forward has praised his team’s effort against the White and Reds claiming they adhered to pre-match directives

Senegal’s forward M’baye Niang praised the collective effort of his team after they upset the odds to earn a 2-1 victory over Poland on Tuesday.

The Teranga Lions were unfancied in the Group H encounter at Otkritie Arena but the cruised into the lead after Thiago Cionek put the ball into his own net.

Man-of-the-match Niang doubled the lead for his side after profiting from a mix from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Wojciech Szczesny.

Krychowiak reduced the deficit and Aliou Cisse’s men applied a fine defensive showing to prevent Poland from equalizing and that left Niang fulsome in his praise for a well-executed plan.

“We wanted to show our strength in this match, we worked all week to see how we could play against this Polish team,” he said during the post-match conference.

“Today we all abided by the instructions we were given and we are very proud. It’s a great satisfaction for the coach, we gave a lot of effort and today it worked.

We played a great match, we do deserve that luck, the whole team deserved, it, there was some luck in the opening goal as well but we worked very hard and seized this opportunity.”

With this victory, Senegal are joint group leaders with three points and victory over Japan in their next game will see them through to the Round of 16.

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