Poland beat Ar­me­nia 2-1, Mon­tene­gro stuns Den­mark

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Robert Le­wandowski proved once again to be Poland’s lethal weapon on Tues­day, scor­ing deep in stop­page time to earn his team a 2-1 vic­tory over 10-man Ar­me­nia in their World Cup qual­i­fier.

The Poland cap­tain struck in the 95th minute at the Na­tional Sta­dium in War­saw, scor­ing for the eighth con­sec­u­tive qual­i­fier and just three days af­ter his hat trick se­cured a 3-2 win over Den­mark.

Ar­me­nia’s Gael An­do­nian was sent off in the 30th minute af­ter he re­ceived two yel­low cards in two min­utes, but the hosts strug­gled to use the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage un­til Le­wandowski’s goal. Ar­me­nia’s Hrayr Mkoyan net­ted an own goal to put the hosts 1-0 up in the 48th minute and Mar­cos Pin­heiro’s an­swer was quick, lev­el­ing the score just two min­utes later. With only the win­ner qual­i­fy­ing au­to­mat­i­cally, Poland is tied atop the group with Mon­tene­gro as it chases its first World Cup ap­pear­ance since 2006. Ro­ma­nia trails by two points while Den­mark is another two points be­hind. Ar­me­nia is at the bot­tom with­out a point.

Other matches in Group E: DEN­MARK 0, MON­TENE­GRO 1

Af­ter claim­ing the big­gest home vic­tory, a 5-0 rout of Kaza­khstan at home on Satur­day, Fatos Be­ci­raj’s goal in the 32nd minute lifted Mon­tene­gro to an away vic­tory, its first over Den­mark. Be­ci­raj also net­ted one on Satur­day.

The tiny Balkan na­tion, cur­rently 105th in the FIFA rank­ing, has never qual­i­fied for the fi­nal World Cup tour­na­ment. It has seven points from three games.


Fa­vorite Ro­ma­nia dropped two points in a goal­less draw at Kaza­khstan. It was the sec­ond home draw for Kaza­khstan, which drew 2-2 with Poland be­fore be­ing thrashed 5-0 in Mon­tene­gro in the pre­vi­ous round. It was the eighth win­less home match for the Kaza­khs since Septem­ber 2014.

Ro­ma­nian TV net­work Dol­ceS­port re­ported that money and other ob­jects had been stolen from play­ers and staff at the na­tional team’s ho­tel be­fore the match.

An­drei Vochin, per­sonal ad­viser to Ro­ma­nian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion chair­man Raz­van Burleanu, told Dol­ceS­port that “we didn’t find out who stole the money and all the ob­jects. Any­way, we don’t have much hope.” —AP

WAR­SAW: Poland’s Lukasz Teodor­czyk, cen­ter, is chal­lenged by Ar­me­nia’s Arsen Beglaryan, left, Hrayr Mkoyan and Va­hagn Mi­nasyan, right, dur­ing their World Cup Group E qual­i­fy­ing soc­cer match in War­saw, Poland, Tues­day. — AP

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