Le­wandowski scores hat-trick in Poland’s win over Den­mark

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Poland and world cham­pi­ons Ger­many were the pro­tag­o­nists in yes­ter­day’s evening matches as they scored im­por­tant wins against Den­mark and the Czech Repub­lic re­spec­tively.

In Group E, Poland and Ro­ma­nia are joint lead­ers with four points.

Poland scored a very im­por­tant win against the other po­ten­tial Group win­ners Den­mark.

It was Bay­ern Mu­nich striker Robert Le­wandowski who was their hero scor­ing all their goals in the 20th, 36thand 48th min­utes.

Den­mark came back with two goals - a Glik own goal and from Poulsen in th 69th minute, but they were not enough to save a point.

Ro­ma­nia scored a rare, but hand­some away win as they beat Ar­me­nia 5-0 in Yere­van.

It all went from bad to worse for Ar­me­nia.

It be­gan with Malakyan, who cap­tain Gor picked up a straight red card and was sent off just three min­utes into the match.

A minute later, Bog­dan Stancu put vis­it­ing Ro­ma­nia ahead, con­vert­ing from the sub­se­quent spot. Adrian Popa dou­bled the lead in the 10th, and Raz­van Marin needed only two more min­utes to put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

Their scor­ing ap­petite made it the fastest 3-0 lead in a Euro­pean World Cup qual­i­fier since 2000.

Ni­co­lae Stan­ciu in the first half and Alexan­dru Chip­ciu in the sec­ond half fin­ished Ar­me­nia off 5-0.

In an­other high-scor­ing game in the group, Mon­tene­gro net­ted four in the sec­ond half and grabbed its first win in qual­i­fy­ing.

For­ward Ste­van Jovetic di­rected Mon­tene­gro as cap­tain, con­tribut­ing a sec­ond-half goal.

Zarko To­ma­se­vic opened the scor­ing in Pod­gor­ica, and Nikola Vukce­vic, Fatos Be­ci­raj and Ste­fan Savic piled on.It is a tight group with Poland and Ro­ma­nia hav­ing four points, one more than Mon­tene­gro and Den­mark. Kaza­khstan have one point and Ar­me­nia have none.

Ger­many reg­is­tered their sec­ond suc­ces­sive win in Group C as they beat Czech Repub­lic yes­ter­day in Ham­burg.

The world cham­pi­ons dom­i­nated the match from the out­set and when they took the lead af­ter just 13 min­utes, they seemed to be cruis­ing to an easy win.

It was Bay­ern Mu­nich striker Thomas Muller who gave the world cham­pi­ons the lead on 13 min­utes.

They at­tacked in­ces­santly till the in­ter­val, but could not add fur­ther goals as their shots were ei­ther saved by the Czech goalie or never found the tar­get.

But they had a per­fect start to the sec­ond half when Tony Kroos of Real Madrid, scored the sec­ond with a pow­er­ful shot from the edge of the area that beat the goalie all ends up. And Muller added a third in the 65th minute.

The Ger­mans have now joined Azer­bai­jan at the top of the Group with on six points

Also in Group C, N. Ire­land had to fight harder than ex­pected for

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Foot­ball 8.45pm, TVM 2, World Cup Rus­sia 2018 Group qual­i­fier, (live) 8.45pm, RAI Uno, World Cup Rus­sia 2018 Group qual­i­fier, Mace­do­nia-Italy Mo­tor-rac­ing 6.30am, GO Sports 1, 2016 F1 Emi­rates Ja­panese Grand Prix – pre-race pro­gramme (live) 7am, GO Sports 1, 2016 F1 Emi­rates Ja­panese Grand Prix – race (live) Ten­nis the three points by lowly San Marino.

But the win was enough to push them into sec­ond place in the group.

Their goals were scored by Steven Davis, Kyle Laf­ferty (2) and Jamie Ward.

In Group F, Scot­land suf­fered a par­tial set­back to their hopes as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Lithua­nia.

Fiodor Cernych stunned the Scots, giv­ing the Lithua­ni­ans the lead in the 59th minute. But Scot­land saved a point with an 89th minute equaliser by James McArthur.

Slove­nia moved up to sec­ond place on 4 points af­ter a slen­der 1-0 home win against Slo­vakia.

Kron­aveter scored the all im­por­tant goal on 74 min­utes.

1.30pm, GO Sports 3, PGA Euro­pean Tour – Al­fred Dun­hill Links Cham­pi­onship Day 4 (live) Rugby 4pm, GO Sports 1, Aviva Premier­ship round 6, Har­lequins-Northamp­ton Saints (live)

Ger­many’s Thomas Mueller, right, cel­e­brates with team mate Mario Goetze af­ter scor­ing for Ger­many against the Czech Repub­lic Photo: AP

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