Robert Lewandowski led Poland to 7-0 victory over Gibraltar in Faro, scoring a personal best of four goals to leapfrog legends Dariusz Dziekanowski, Euzebiusz Smolarek (both 20 goals) and Ernest Wilimowski (21) in the all-time scoring charts. Now he has 23 goals in 63 matches and is just one short of Zbigniew Boniek, the current president of the Polish FA.
Kamil Grosicki, the Stade Rennais FC winger, also had a good game, scoring twice. He spoke of his display after the final whistle:
Yes, it was my best match for the national team so far. What is important is the fact that I scored both goals with my weaker, left foot. After the first goal I ran towards our coach, Adam Nawałka, as I wanted to thank him for calling me up. I jumped on this 'national team train' at the last station and I am glad I helped with these two goals.
Poland must do without right-back Łukasz Piszczek for their game against Gibraltar after the Borussia Dortmund defender was forced to leave to squad with injury. He will not fly to Portugal, where Sunday's game will be played, with Paweł Olkowski or Artur Jędrzejczyk the leading candidates to fill Piszczek's role.
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