MOSCOW. – Robert Lewandowski and Sadio Mane face off in a mouth-watering Soccer World Cup shoot-out between two of European football’s most lethal forwards today as Poland take on Senegal.
The match kicks-off at 5pm.
Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski finished the season as the German Bundesliga’s top scorer for the third time with 29 goals, netting 41 times in all competitions.
Mane scored 10 Champions League goals – including one in the final in Kiev – forming a devastating strike force at Liverpool alongside Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino of Brazil.
“I believe Sadio can be one of the stars of the tournament,” said former Senegal player El Hadji Diouf, who played in Japan and South Korea in 2002, the only previous time the country has reached the World Cup.
Poland go into the Group H match at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium as favourites and are expected to emerge from a section also featuring Colombia and Japan.
Ranked eighth in the world, it is Poland’s eighth appearance at the World Cup, with coach Adam Nawalka’s side desperate to improve on the third-place finishes in 1974 and 1982.
Lewandowski admits he has a point to prove after a disappointing Euro 2016, when he scored only once as Poland exited at the quarter-finals stage.
The 29-year-old is finally reproducing his prolific club form at international level, setting a European qualification record with 16 goals in 10 matches to secure Poland’s place in Russia. – AFP.