Senegal famously won their opening match at their only previous World Cup appearance in 2002, downing holders France 1-0 in a shock win en route to the quarter-finals.
Sixteen years on they made a good start again, punishing poor defending to beat Poland 2-1 to become the first African team to win at the 2018 finals.
The other four finalists from the continent have struggled to get off the mark. Tunisia were undone by Harry Kane in the 2-1 loss to England, Iran did it for Herve Renard’s Morocco, Croatia were too good for Nigeria, while Russia and Uruguay have toppled Egypt’s Pharaohs.
So Senegal, boasting Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, could well find themselves flying the flag for Africa come the knockout stages. Just as they did in 2002, when Cameroon, Tunisia, Nigeria and South Africa all fell at the first hurdle.
With this victory, Senegal are joint group leaders with three points and victory over Japan in their next game will see them through to the Round of 16.