Poland has a tendency to come out weak in their opening matches. They showed some flashes early and looked like they had Senegal on their heels early. Senegal came back a bit, but really benefited most from Poland's mistakes - first the own goal and then the disastrous lapse on Niang coming back in on a lackadaisical back pass. Poland seemed to have the better of play in the middle third of the field, but for as much as they controlled the midfield, they failed to mount meaningful pressure. Lewandowski was quiet for the most part - unable to find space.
Lineup & Substitutions
Generating Scoring Opportunities
Set Pieces (Direct/Indirect)
They were fine int he middle third and breakout, but they just did not know what to do in the attacking third. They needed to play it into Lewandowski - where he is at his best. Instead, his best chances came from bringing it int0 the attacking third himself. He had one good opportunity to do so, but, it was just not enough. Poland needs more playmakers to create those opportunities.
Executing Defensive Game Plan
Controlling Offensive Pressure
Preventing Scoring Opportunities
Conceding/Defending Set Pieces
The biggest gaffe on the day was the lackadaisical pass back that Niang stole and put in for the game winner. It was an embarrassing play - and regardless of whether the substitution should have been allowed - it was a mental lapse for sure. Even if the defender thought he GK was coming out for it, it was still a good 35-40 yards out, so not an easy ball to get too.
It is a shame as Poland did a very good job otherwise in controlling the Senegali attack - outside of the own goal and breakdown.
Generate Offensive Counterattacks
Defensive Support & Transition
The midfield was the strength of the game for Poland. They were strong in possession, but lacked purpose in the attack.