Lewandowski hat-trick helps Poland sink Denmark

Sat Oct 8, 2016 6:57pm EDT
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WARSAW (Reuters) - A hat-trick by deadly finisher Robert Lewandowski lifted Poland to a 3-2 victory over Denmark in a thrilling World Cup Group E qualifier on Saturday.

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.

Full back Jannik Vestergaard brought down Arek Milik six meters 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.   Continued...

Football Soccer - Poland v Denmark - World Cup 2018 Qualifier - National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland - 8/10/16. Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring against Denmark. Agencja Gazeta/Kuba Atys/via REUTERS