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Lewandowski Lifts Poland Over Ireland, Seals UEFA EURO 2016 Qualification

Poland have qualified for France 2016 after another game deciding goal from Robert Lewandowski / Getty Images
Lewandowski Lifts Poland Over Ireland, Seals UEFA EURO 2016 Qualification

WARSAW, Poland. October 11 (PSN) – In the last match of the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers the Poland national team defeated Republic of Ireland 2:1 (2:1) and secured promotion to the final tournament in France.

Final Score: Poland – Republic of Ireland 2:1

Goals for the bialo-czerwoni came from Grzegorz Krychowiak scored and Robert Lewandowski.

The Irish replied by Jon Walters converting a penalty only minutes after conceding from the first goal.

“I have to tell you I’m so proud,” Lewandowski shouted through a microphone to fans wearing a red and white “Vive la Pologne 2016” T-shirt while his team mates uncorked champagne on the pitch.

“The Irish team did not create any real opportunities. We deserved to advance, we were the better team and played a good qualifying round,” he told Polsat TV.

Lewandowski with 13 goals to his name in this campaign has tied the record for goals in a European Championship qualifying with former Northern Ireland international – David Healy (13 goals in UEFA EURO 2008 Qualifying).

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Poland – Republic of Ireland 2:1 (2:1)
Goals: Krychowiak 13′, Lewandowski 42′ – Walters 16′ (Pk)

Yellow carded: Glik, Peszko – O’Shea, Whelan, Walters
Red carded: John O’Shea (90)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey) Attendance: 57 497

Poland: 22. Łukasz Fabiański – 20. Łukasz Piszczek, 15. Kamil Glik, 21. Michał Pazdan, 14. Jakub Wawrzyniak – 7. Paweł Olkowski (63, 16. Jakub Błaszczykowski), 8. Grzegorz Krychowiak, 10. Karol Linetty, 5. Krzysztof Mączyński (78, 4. Łukasz Szukała), 11. Kamil Grosicki (85, 17. Sławomir Peszko) – 9. Robert Lewandowski.

Ireland: 23. Darren Randolph – 2. Séamus Coleman, 5. Richard Keogh, 4. John O’Shea, 19. Robbie Brady – 14. Jon Walters, 8. James McCarthy, 6. Glenn Whelan (58, 7. Aiden McGeady), 21. Jeff Hendrick, 11. James McClean (73, 20. Wes Hoolahan) – 9. Shane Long (55, 10. Robbie Keane).

Group D Table:

1. Germany 10 22 24- 9
2. Poland 10 21 33-10
3. Ireland 10 18 19- 7
4. Scotland 10 15 22-12
5. Georgia 10 9 10-16
6. Gibraltar 10 0 2-56

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