Group H: Poland Head Wide Open Group

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Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was honoured on Thursday with his own postage stamp as the national post office kicked off the World Cup with one bearing the Bayern Munich star's portrait.

POLAND will arrive in Russian Federation aiming to get past the group stage at the World Cup for the first time in 32 years as they return to the finals after a 12-year absence. Senegal took advantage and won the replay, allowing the Lions of Teranga to qualify for Russian Federation. Colombia finished fourth in the CONMEBOL round robin. Nishino picked several veteran players in his squad, including Kagawa, Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki, who struggled to make the team under Halilhodzic.

Each team in this group features a goalscorer that could propel their team into the next round of the World Cup. "I think the experience the coach has in the preparations for the finals is very important". Barring a 4-0 defeat in Copenhagen, Poland were more than impressive in their qualifying campaign. Falcao also has high personal expectations for this tournament after missing the last World Cup through injury. Poland are second-favourites for the group and Senegal will need at least a point if they want to progress.

With no standout contender for glory in Russian Federation in the group, all four nations will be confident of challenging to top the table and get a favourable last-16 draw to build momentum for the tournament. It could be the last chance to play on the biggest stage for strikers Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski, who will be 29 and 32 respectively by the finals. After almost five years at the helm he became the first coach to lead the White and Reds to the European Championship and World Cup. A move from Sevilla, where he had excelled, to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 didn't work out as well as he hoped, and the 28-year-old defensive midfielder has been playing this season on loan at Premier League club West Bromwich Albion.

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Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in the penalty box in the second half of the Group C fixture. As for the 2-1 loss, Jedinak said the players were shattered not to have hung on for a draw.

The 29-year-old skipper took his tally to 55 global goals and also scored for the 36th time in 37 Poland games under coach Adam Nawalka.

Poland are now the 8 best ranked nation in wold football.

The tall center-back is an influential figure in Poland's defence.

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