September 4, 2017 / 9:19 PM / 7 months ago

Soccer-Lewandowski penalty seals Poland's 3-0 win over Kazakhstan

Bartosz Chmielewski

WARSAW, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Poland cemented their grip on Group E as headers by Arkadiusz Milik and Kamil Glik and a Robert Lewandowski penalty secured a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier on Monday.

Poland now have 19 points from eight games, three clear of second-placed Denmark, who surprisingly thrashed them 4-0 on Friday, and Montenegro in third with two matches remaining.

Milik, who has returned to action after suffering a knee injury in the 3-2 win over Denmark in October, opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a powerful close-range header.

A defensive Kazakhstan side held out until the break and had the ball in the net themselves just after halftime but striker Roman Murtazayev’s 48th minute effort was given offside.

Another controversial moment came in the 71st minute when Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski’s free kick appeared to cross the line but referee Andris Treimanis did not award a goal.

Three minutes later Poland did score again through defender Kamil Glik’s unstoppable header from Piotr Zielinski’s corner before Lewandowski wrapped up the win with an 86th minute penalty. (Writing by Bartosz Chmielewski; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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