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Robert Lewandowski scored twice even after narrowly escaping injury in firework incident

Poland remain unbeaten in Group E.

Image: Alexandru Dobre

CROWD VIOLENCE MARRED Romania’s World Cup qualifier with Poland in Bucharest tonight as Robert Lewandowski narrowly escaped injury after fans threw missiles on the pitch.

The game was halted on two separate occasions. The guests were already in front thanks to Kamil Grosicki’s excellent opener when home supporters launched various objects from the stands, including flares and firecrackers.

Then, shortly after the restart, Lewandowski fell to the ground after a firework exploded close to him but, luckily, he was unhurt and able to continue.

That was bad news for Romania as he put the game out of their reach inside the last ten minutes and then added a penalty in stoppage time.

Poland are top of Group E with 10 points and remain unbeaten after four games. Montenegro failed to keep tabs on them as they suffered a first loss of the group stages – going down 3-2 in Armenia.

Elsewhere in the group, Denmark put four past Kazakhstan and move into third. Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen proved influential, scoring twice.

Ignored by his club, Kyle Lafferty’s remarkable form for his country continued tonight

It was all a little too easy for England against Scotland this evening

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