Le­wandowski hat­trick helps Poland

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

A HAT­TRICK by deadly fin­isher Robert Le­wandowski lifted Poland to a 3-2 vic­tory over Den­mark in a thrilling World Cup Group E qual­i­fier yes­ter­day.

A packed 56,000 crowd at the Na­tional Sta­dium in Warsaw saw the home team go in front in the 20th minute when Kamil Grosicki de­liv­ered a cross and Le­wandowski scored from close range.

Poland kept at­tack­ing, mainly down the wings, and Le­wandowski made it 2-0 with a penalty nine min­utes be­fore half­time.

Full­back Jannik Vester­gaard brought down Arek Mi­lik six me­tres out and Le­wandowski sent keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel the wrong way from the spot.

The Bay­ern Mu­nich marks­man’s third goal came at the start of the sec­ond half when he pounced on an er­ror by Vester­gaard and pow­ered half the length of the field be­fore slot­ting the ball be­yond Sch­me­ichel.

Den­mark pulled one back in the 49th minute as Poland’s Kamil Glik turned the ball past his own keeper, Lukasz Fabi­an­ski.

The vis­i­tors then sud­denly started to dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion and it was no sur­prise when lively sub­sti­tute Yus­suf Poulsen net­ted in the 69th minute.

How­ever, with play­maker Chris­tian Erik­sen tightly marked by Poland’s de­fend­ers, Den­mark were un­able to draw level.

Poland are joint top of the group, along­side Mon­tene­gro and Ro­ma­nia, with four points from two matches. The Danes are fourth on three points. – Reuters

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