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Clash with Romania Halted as Exploding Object Almost Hit Lewandowski

Friday's World Cup qualifier had to be stopped for several minutes after a firecracker was thrown onto the field and went off by the striker / PAP
Clash with Romania Halted as Exploding Object Almost Hit Lewandowski

BUCHAREST, Romania. November 11 (PSN) – A missile that looked to be a flare exploded close to the feet of Robert Lewandowski during Poland’s 3:0 win over Romania on Friday.

Poland’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Romania was halted for close to 10 minutes after Robert Lewandowski was almost struck by what appeared to be a flare thrown from the crowd.

The object, believed to be a firecracker, exploded close to the Bayern Munich striker as Poland were preparing to defend a corner in the second half in Bucharest.

Friday’s game was paused for several minutes as Lewandowski received treatment, after going to ground holding his face.

The incident was one of a number to mar the encounter, with another flare reportedly having burned part of one of the goal nets, while some rival supporters clashed in the stands.

The 28-year-old later struck a second goal for Poland following Kamil Grosicki’s first-half opener, before converting a penalty in injury time to secure his side’s 3:0 win.

The victory moved Poland to the top of Group E, three points ahead of Montenegro, who surrendered a 2:0 lead to lose 3:2 to Armenia earlier on Friday.

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