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Lewandowski hits four against debutants Gibraltar

26/01/2019 佛山桑拿 0

Lewandowski, Poland’s captain, quickly hit two and Lukasz Szukala headed in the fifth.

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In the final stages the unforgiving Bayern Munich striker slotted in two more.

Gibraltar’s rocky enclave has a population of just under 30,000 and their Victoria Stadium fails to meet UEFA standards.

The game was therefore played at the Algarve stadium in Portugal, where the Gibraltar fans that made the trip were in full voice for their national anthem and did their best to rally the players.

There was a positive mood from the Gibraltar camp ahead of the game, encouraged by their first victory over Malta in June and they did not ever give up.

The small British overseas territory that borders the southern part of Spain only became a UEFA member in May 2013, and played a first friendly match against Slovakia the following November, which they drew 0-0.

Spain were against Gibraltar’s membership due to a dispute over sovereignty and Gibraltar were kept away from the reigning European champions in the group stages for political reasons.

Playing in a largely empty stadium on Sunday, they came under immediate pressure from Poland, and goalkeeper Jordan Perez was kept busy, notably by a Kamil Glik header from a corner.

The Poles soon took the lead through Grosicki, whoseshot took a slight deflection off David Artell.

Poland continued to have the greater possession and carried a height advantage at set-plays but midway through the first half Gibraltar caused concern at the other end with a run from Brian Perez, who screwed his shot wide of the post from 20 yards.

After the break Poland turned their dominance into goals as Grosicki came inside Joseph Chipolina and Artell before coolly finishing.

Then Lewandowski struck twice in three minutes as he stooped to head in a Jakub Wawrzyniak cross and then slotted clinically into the corner. Next Szukala powered a header into the net from Mateusz Klich’s inswinging free-kick.

The predatory Lewandowski did not let a Gibraltar side, now in disarray at the back, off the hook. He sprinted clear of Chipolina for his hat-trick and was on target again in injury time to complete the rout.

(writing by Tim Hanlon in Barcelona; Editing by Steve Tongue)