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Group Stage 2016
  • Kamil Grosicki (11', 47')
  • Robert Lewandowski (50', 53', 86', 90'+2')
  • Lukasz Szukala (58')

Robert Lewandowski scores four as Poland thrash Gibraltar

Gibraltar's first-ever senior competitive game ended in a 7-0 thumping by Poland in their opening Euro 2016 Group D qualifying match on Sunday night.

Robert Lewandowski scored four, Kamil Grosicki fired in two and Lukas Szukala also got onto the scoresheet in a predictably one-sided match at Estadio Do Algarve.

Gibraltar, UEFA's newest member and a country with a population of around 30,000, were accepted by the European governing body in May 2013 following a 14-year battle.

They face a tough test to progress from Group D with a team predominantly made up of amateurs, which has been made even more difficult following their opening result, as they have been drawn with World Cup winners Germany, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Georgia.

Poland took the lead in the 10th minute through Grosicki's low strike to set the tone for the rest of the match.

Gibraltar's Brian Perez tried his luck in the 21st minute but his shot flew over the bar as the home side struggled to make many chances against their experienced opponents.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski lined up a free-kick in a dangerous area just to the left of the edge of the 18 yard box but sent it wide. He then fired another attempt into the wall just before the break as Poland held onto their one-goal lead.

The visitors doubled their advantage early in the second half when Grosicki was given acres of time and space in the box as Gibraltar's defence stood off and the Rennes midfielder picked his spot.

Lewandowski added the third in the 50th minute when he headed in from close range after a long diagonal ball over to top from Grosicki to stun the home side.

The 26-year-old striker was then denied by keeper Jordan Perez - who works as a fireman - as he stood up and palmed away Lewandowski's effort, but the forward did score his second and Poland's fourth of the match shortly after, when he slid the ball in after a neat one-two with Grosicki on the break.

Szukala then rose highest to head the fifth from a free-kick - meaning Poland had scored four within 10 second-half minutes.

Lewandowski squandered the chance to claim his hat-trick when he could not keep the ball down after trying to fire in from the right in the 80th minute but made no mistake five minutes later as he raced towards goal and coolly beat Jordan Perez.

The prolific forward added his fourth in the first minute of stoppage time to compound Gibraltar's misery in what was a bittersweet arrival in international football.