El Hadji Diouf hails 'perfect start' for Senegal

El Hadji Diouf was a delighted observer as Senegal began their World Cup campaign with an impressive win over Poland.

Senegal celebrate against Poland   -  Getty Images

Senegal icon El Hadji Diouf hailed his country's World Cup victory over Poland as a "perfect start", but warned them their toughest tests are still to come.

Diouf, who made his name when his country shone at the 2002 tournament, was in the stands in Moscow as Aliou Cisse's men defeated Poland 2-1 in their first World Cup game since that event 16 years ago.


Thiago Cionek's own goal and a second-half strike from M'Baye Niang proved enough for the African side, despite Grzegorz Krychowiak's late response for Poland.

Former Liverpool forward Diouf was sitting a few rows back from the dugout and was the first to stand and applaud the Senegal players who were substituted in the closing stages, all of whom acknowledged his support as they left the pitch.

And a joyful Diouf told Omnisport after the match: "It is a perfect start for us.

"It is a great result and also performance. But the big tests are now to come in this group."

Senegal face Japan and Colombia next in Group H, with Sunday's fixture against Akira Nishino's men in Ekaterinburg giving each of the two sides a chance to all but seal a place in the last 16.

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