Romania’s football national team was defeated Saturday evening by Poland 3-1, at Narodowy stadium in Warsaw, in Group E of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.
Following this result, Poland is very close to qualification to the final tournament in Russia, whereas Romania is actually out of the race for the second position, being positioned 10 points behind the leader.
The goals were scored by Robert Lewandowski – 20th min. penalty, 57th min. and 62nd min. penalty and by Bogdan Stancu in 77th minute.
The magic number was 11 for Robert Lewandowski as Poland maintained their unbeaten start, and six-point lead at the top of Group E. The Bayern man opened the scoring from the spot to extend his extraordinary European Qualifiers goalscoring run to 11 successive games, uefa.com informs. Then, after scoring a header from a Jacek Zieliński corner, he completed his treble with a second well-struck penalty, taking his tally for the campaign to 11, moving him level with Cristiano Ronaldo as this campaign’s top scorer. Bogdan Stancu’s long-range finish ensured Romania would not go a fourth Group E game without a goal.
Poland: 1. Wojciech Szczesny — 20. Lukasz Piszczek, 4. Thiago Cionek, 2. Michal Pazdan, 3. Artur Jedrzejczyk — 16. Jakub Blaszczykowski, 5. Krzysztof Maczynski (10. Grzegorz Krychowiak, 44th min.), 8. Karol Linetty (7. Arkadiusz Milik, 72nd min.), 11. Kamil Grosicki — 19. Piotr Zielinski (14. Lukasz Teodorczyk, 81st min.) — 9. Robert Lewandowski (captain). Coach: Adam Nawalka.
Romania: 12. Ciprian Tătărușanu — 2. Romario Benzar, 6. Vlad Chiricheș (captain), 22. Cristian Săpunaru, 3. Alin Toșca, 14. Iasmin Latovlevici (10. Gheorghe Grozav, 60th min.) — 19. Bogdan Stancu, 8. Mihai Pintilii, 18. Răzvan Marin (20. Sergiu Hanca, 79th min.), 7. Alexandru Chipciu (23. Nicolae Stanciu, 60th min.) — 9. Florin Andone. Coach: Christoph Daum.