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Poland Surge Clear with 3 Points Past Montenegro in Podgorica

Lukasz Piszczek scored the game winning goal for Poland against Montenegro on Sunday night / Twitter
Poland Surge Clear with 3 Points Past Montenegro in Podgorica

PODGORICA, Montenegro. March 26 (AP) – Poland won 2:1 in Montenegro with goals from Robert Lewandowski and Lukasz Piszczek to move six points clear at the top of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group E after a pulsating clash on Sunday.

Final score: Montengro – Poland 1:2

Robert Lewandowski scored Sunday to help Poland cement its top place in Group E with a 2:1 victory at second-placed Montenegro, and continue his own battle with Ronaldo.

Midway through the campaign, the Bayern Munich star has eight goals. That’s just one less than Ronaldo, who is the top scorer in qualifying. Ronaldo scored twice in a 3:0 victory over Hungary on Saturday in Group B.

Poland opened a six-point lead in its group with 13 points, with Montenegro and Denmark both on seven.

Lewandowski struck five minutes before the interval from a perfectly executed free kick.

Poland looked in control in the second half before Stefan Mugosa beat the Polish offside trap and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in a rare scoring chance for the hosts. It was Mugosa’s first international goal.

Lukasz Piszczek restored the Polish lead nine minutes from time.

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Montenegro – Poland 1:2 (0:1)
Goals: Mugoša 63′ – Lewandowski 40′, Piszczek 82′

Yellow carded: Savić, Mugoša, Vešović, Šofranac – Glik
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Montenegro: 1. Mladen Božović – 23. Adam Marušić (90, 9. Mirko Vučinić), 15. Stefan Savić, 2. Aleksandar Šofranac, 22. Filip Stojković – 16. Damir Kojašević (81, 20. Mirko Ivanić), 19. Aleksandar Šćekić (86, 14. Luka Đorđević), 4. Nikola Vukčević, 10. Stefan Mugoša, 7. Marko Vešović – 11. Fatos Bećiraj

Poland: 22. Łukasz Fabiański – 20. Łukasz Piszczek, 15. Kamil Glik, 2. Michał Pazdan, 3. Artur Jędrzejczyk – 16. Jakub Błaszczykowski, 5. Krzysztof Mączyński (90, 4. Thiago Cionek), 8. Karol Linetty (78, 14. Łukasz Teodorczyk), 19. Piotr Zieliński, 11. Kamil Grosicki (90, 17. Sławomir Peszko) – 9. Robert Lewandowski

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