Firstly, we witnessed the first victory for an African nation as Senegal beat Poland 2-1 in Group H. This came after Japan upset Colombia 2-1 and will make for an interesting, wide open group.
Check out how South Africans celebrated the victory for Senegal, including some videos at the stadium. There's also a Twitter argument between former Orlando Pirates player Lennox Bacela and former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar about how the latter described the Senegal players.
After that Egypt lost 3-1 to hosts Russia, despite Mohamed Salah scoring from the penalty spot. Here's also how South African's reacted to that game, and you can see how local coach Farouk Khan was impressed by Japan too.
Aliou Cissé: Easily the most GIFable coach at this World Cup.pic.twitter.com/SpcDA3dSYo— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 19, 2018
Senegal making Africa proud— Bongani Zungu (@BonganiZungu08) June 19, 2018
Fantastic effort by Senegal. Absolutely fantastic. Just continuing from where they left off in 2002.— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) June 19, 2018
Striking too that the captain of that side Aliou Cisse is the boss with the Tony Sylva and and Omar Daf among his staff.#WorldCup #3Sports pic.twitter.com/wmYRkQF4Ca
Senegal fans cleaning up their part of the stadium after their victory against Poland is the best thing you’ll see today pic.twitter.com/nhojG0CHaU— PF | World Cup (@PurelyFootball) June 19, 2018
— Senegal Football🇸🇳 (@SenegalFootball) June 19, 2018
Just like the Japanese. Respect! pic.twitter.com/uObe5k5q2y— Erik Velzing (@velzing) June 19, 2018
All the BIG names walk out as captains of their teams.— Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) June 19, 2018
but not Mo Salah . The player that everyone expects to perform like the leader. Interesting #WorldCup
Egypt played well going fwd, but should've started with Amr Warda, and then Mo Salah central. The Pharaoh's defending was poor, unlucky for the own goal but it was difficult against a pumped up Russian team with the stadium and whole home nation behind them #RUS #WorldCup #EGY— Ignat Football (@IgnatFootball) June 19, 2018
Spain lost their opening game in the 2010 FIFA World Cup but they won the tournament. It is not about how you start but how you pick yourself up and make progress is what matters most.#WorldCup— Smangaliso Mdluli (@SimangalisoMdl2) June 20, 2018
It finished, Russia 🇷🇺 3 Egypt 🇪🇬 1 and the Pharaohs can only play for pride against the whipping boys(Saudi Arabia) on Monday.— Marks Maponyane (@MarksMaponyane) June 19, 2018
Thats how a host nation play,no excuses you just win nje,hope bafana bafana is learning— rakgalakane j (@rakgalakanej) June 19, 2018
It all started in the 80 s.Japan invested in football by expoeting the best Technical expertise from Beazil.Look at how their game has evolved in both mans and womans football.— Farouk Khan (@FaroukKhan9) June 19, 2018
This is offensive and racist! https://t.co/EQv0heEieZ— Lennox Bacela (@lennoxbacela) June 20, 2018
Just been reading the reaction to my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella . Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people . Frankly I cant see that I think it's funny. But I will pull it down if you insist .— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) June 20, 2018
Well it’s not funny!! https://t.co/d5I4tSj9gL— Lennox Bacela (@lennoxbacela) June 20, 2018