Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski breaks tie with Cristiano Ronaldo/sets record vs Montenegro

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski this evening notched yet another goal during his side’s World Cup qualifying campaign, once again making him the sole holder of the record for the most goals by a European player in a single qualifying campaign.

Matchup

Poland went head-to-head with Montenegro in Warsaw in their final Group E fixture tonight, eventually coming out 4-2 winners in a thrilling clash.

The result meant that Adam Nawalka’s side finished 5 points clear of nearest challengers Denmark atop the Group E table, with the Danes only able to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Romania.

Situation

While Poland’s result proved crucial on a team level, as it secured their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia, it also provided a milestone on an individual level for striker Robert Lewandowski.

‘Lewy’, who has long been regarded as one of the finest centre-forwards in world football due to his phenomenal goalscoring exploits for Borussia Dortmund, and more recently Bayern Munich, has been in absolutely scintillating form for his country during their qualifying campaign.

Coming into tonight’s clash, he had notched 15 goals in just 9 games, marking a new record for a European player in World Cup qualifiers.

However, having set the record with a hat-trick during his side’s 6-1 win over Armenia on Thursday night, his feat was quickly equalled by Cristiano Ronaldo, who came off the bench to notch a crucial opener during Portugal’s clash with Andorra last night.

Record-breaker

This meant that the duo would remain as joint-holders of the milestone, if neither managed to score in their respective side’s final group games.

Having seen his side throw away a 2-0 lead to be pegged back to 2-2 tonight, Lewandowski came up big when Poland needed him most, notching an 85th minute strike to lead his side to victory (match ended 4-2) and take him one clear of Cristiano Ronaldo in the record books.

Ronaldo will no doubt be keen to respond on Tuesday night, when Portugal play host to Group B table-toppers Switzerland.

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