In excellent striking form with Bayern Munich - he scored 41 goals in 48 matches - Lewandowski started his preparations for the World Cup earlier than for the European championship in a bid to arrive fresher.
Senegal appeared to step off the gas towards the end of the half, and the effects were still evident after the restart, as they resorted to long-range efforts that failed to test the Japanese goalkeeper.
In 2014, the year Stephen Keshi took Nigeria to the round of 16 in Brazil, a large-scale study by Football Against Racism in Europe network gave a daunting picture.
On the other hand, at least 25% of professional footballers in England are black, but The Three Lions have a different ratio for their strides in worldwide football, compared to Brazil - five time winners of the World Cup.
Panama shouldn't be underestimated but if we're being completely honest, this is a game England really should be looking to win, and perhaps they might even manage to score more than two goals in a 90 minute World Cup match for the first time since 1986.
"I get calls and lots of people are proud and we are proud to represent the African continent".
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Lewandowski would surely love to have a player of the quality of Rodriguez providing him with ammunition but it is Colombia's Radamel Falcao who is most likely to benefit if the attacking midfielder starts in Kazan.
English fans are accustomed to disappointment in soccer's biggest tournament, no matter how many talented Premier League players suit up for the national team. The total is set at 2.5 goals.
Lingard made it 3-0 in the 36th minute with a lovely strike from just outside the area before Stones nodded in his second and England's fourth from a cleverly worked free kick routine.
Ten-man Colombia lost 2-1 to Japan in another first round shock but the South Americans could be bolstered by the return of danger man James Rodriguez to the starting side after the playmaker started on the bench against the Blue Samurai while recovering from a muscle injury. Perhaps even a 0-0 draw.
Tunisia forced a 1-1 draw against Belgium in Oita. However, The Samba Boys have never had a black manager at the World Cup!
With the likes of Germany struggling, they may well be better suited to finishing second in Group G behind Belgium and be on the other side of the bracket.
Russia, however, boast a far superior goal difference, having crushed Saudi Arabia 5-0 and made light work of Egypt in a 3-1 win, meaning only victory will see Uruguay finish above the hosts and avoid the winners of Group B in the process. But England could take the pressure off by beating Panama, a result that would guarantee a spot in the second round.
Clearly, Africa doesn't have a history of doing well in the opening matches of the World Cup and the events in Russian Federation, where only Senegal won their match, are not out of the ordinary.
Poland defender Bartosz Bereszynski warned: "We know very well what is this game about, but we are optimists".