It was played four, lost four for the African teams so far in Russian Federation before Senegal and Poland became the final two sides to make their bow at this World Cup.
Senegal President Macky Sall was in the stands to watch the world's 27th-ranked team upset the eighth-ranked nation - and bring up memories of the 1-0 win over defending champion France in the tournament opener 16 years ago. He has lived through the highs of winning and progressing in Japan-South Korea and he has experienced the heartbreak of losing a hard-fought quarter-final to the ridiculous Golden Goal that was the norm in those days.
Despite Krychowiak's late reply, Poland never really looked like snatching a point and must now pick themselves up for the match against Colombia on Sunday.
What appeared to work effectively for the Teranga Lions was the pace with which they went about attacking the Polish in the opening exchanges. The crowd had to wait until the 13th minute for the first attempt at goal. Shots dribbled at goalkeepers, or floated wide. But out came Thiago Cionek's right leg, deflecting the ball into the net, with the former Arsenal keeper completely wrong-footed.
Former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was beaten by a wicked deflection for Senegal's opener and the victor came after a freakish mix-up when defender Jan Bednarek had not spotted injured striker M'Baye Niang returning to the pitch.More news: Cristiano Ronaldo goal earns Portugal 1-0 victory over Morocco
Szczesny rushed out of his area to try and intercept but Niang got to the ball first, slipped it past him and scored into an empty net amid Polish disbelief.
The best chance fell to Piszczek, but the Dortmund defender could not connect properly when in space at the far post before their late goal, which was small consolation in a major setback for Adam Nawalka's side.
In fairness to Krychowiak, he had been unaware of Niang's loitering as the forward had only just been waved back onto the pitch by the referee.
But worse was to come for Poland on the hour.
There was no such confusion in the Senegal camp, just elation. Protecting a two-goal lead Poland did find a way back into the game with a Grzegorz Krychowiak header, but that would not be enough to level with the Africans when the whistle blew. Grosick's free-kick delivery is headed in by Krychowiak and Poland have a goal back. or do they?
Aliou Cisse has fielded criticism for being too conservative back in Senegal, but that can not be levelled at him after his approach to this match.