WC Qualifiers: Record-breaking Lewandowski gives Poland big win

A 6-1 win over Armenia leaves Poland on the verge of World Cup qualification.

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick for Poland on Thursday.   -  Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski etched his name into Poland's record books by becoming his country's all-time leading goal-scorer in a World Cup qualifier against Armenia. His three goals gave Poland a 6-1 win, leaving it on the verge of World Cup qualification.

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The Bayern Munich striker headed into the Group E contest one goal shy of Wlodzimierz Lubanski's tally of 48.

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After Kamil Grosicki had fired Poland ahead in Yerevan, Lewandowski matched the haul of his now 70-year-old compatriot with a sublime 18th-minute free-kick.

Hat-trick

Lewandowski, who scored his first international goal on debut against San Marino in 2008, then claimed the landmark for his own after lashing home from an in-direct free-kick inside the area 10 minutes later.

He completed his hat-trick in the second half to reach a half-century of international goals as Poland completed a rout, and it will qualify for Russia 2018 with a win if Montenegro versus Denmark ends in a draw, while three points will guarantee a play-off berth at a minimum.