Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick to become Poland’s leading goal scorer of all-time as his team thrashed Armenia 6-1 on Thursday night, leaving them on the verge of qualifying for 2018 World Cup Russia.
Lewandowski takes Lubanski's and Cristiano's records
Kamil Grosicki struck after just two minutes in Yerevan before Lewandowski curled in a brilliant free-kick to draw level with previous record holder Wlodzimierz Lubanski, who represented Poland from 1963 to 1980, on 48 goals for the national team.
The Bayern Munich ace claimed the outright record when he blasted home an indirect free-kick on 25 minutes and completed his treble in the second half as Jakub Blaszczykowski and Rafal Wolski also scored for the visitors. Lewandowski also broke a record set in August by Cristiano Ronaldo by increasing his tally in 2018 World Cup qualifiers to 15 goals, one more than the Portugal captain.
Ronaldo is level with former Yugoslavia forward Predrag Mijatovic, who scored 14 goals during qualifying for the 1998 World Cup, but could establish a new mark on Saturday when Portugal visit lowly Andorra.
Poland, one point away from qualifying for Russia
Poland require just a point from their final qualifier at home to Montenegro on Sunday to clinch top spot in Group E and secure their place in the finals directly, after the Montenegrins were beaten by Denmark in Podgorica tonight.