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Officials Under Fire As Senegal Player Waved On Seconds Before Scoring

Officials Under Fire As Senegal Player Waved On Seconds Before Scoring
By Eoin Lyons Updated

Senegal took on Poland today in the last match of the first round of the World Cup. The Lions of Teranga took the lead in the 37th minute when Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye's shot deflected off of Poland defender Thiago Cionek to give Aliou Cisse's men the lead:

Senegal's second goal came after a monumental cock up in the Polish defence after Grzegorz Krychowiak played a loose ball back to his goalkeeper, M'Baye Niang nipping in ahead of Wojciech Sczcesny to slot the ball in to an empty net.

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Niang had been off the field of play after suffering a minor injury and some viewers thought that it was unfair of the referee to let Niang enter the action again just as Krychowiak played the ball back into his own half

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In the RTE studio Eamon Dunphy stated that Niang should not have been allowed to enter the pitch at such a crucial moment for Poland:

The referee made a mistake by letting a player back on the pitch.

He has no understanding of the game he has to wait a bit longer.

He really shouldn't have been let back on the pitch until the ball went dead

A very bad decision.

His sentiments were echoed by many who were watching the game online:

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Poland managed a goal back through a Krychowiak header, but it was not enough for the Polish Eagles and the result sets up Group H nicely with Japan's victory against Colombia earlier today:

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