October 11, 2016 / 9:57 PM / a year ago

Lethal Lewandowski keeps Poland on course

WARSAW (Reuters) - Robert Lewandowski struck in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give Poland a dramatic 2-1 home win over 10-man Armenia in a World Cup Group E qualifier on Tuesday.

Football Soccer - Poland v Armenia - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group E - National stadium, Warsaw, Poland - 11/10/16 Poland's Robert Lewandowski reacts after scoring a goal REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

The result kept Poland on course to reach the 32-team finals in Russia, as it left them second in Group E on seven points from three games, behind surprise leaders Montenegro on goal difference.

Romania have five points, Denmark are on three after a shock 1-0 home defeat by Montenegro, Kazakhstan have two and Armenia none.

Lewandowski, who netted a hat-trick in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Denmark, rose above his marker and sent a looping header into the far corner with time running out to delight a noisy crowd in the Warsaw’s National Stadium.

The Armenians had Gael Andonian sent off in the 31st minute for two bookable offences and Poland took a 48th-minute lead when defender Hrayr Mkoyan turned a free kick from the left into his own net under pressure from Lewandowski.

The visitors equalised after their Brazilian-born captain Marcos Pizzeli unleashed a fizzing low free kick from a tight angle, which evaded everyone and beat Lukazs Fabianski in goal.

When it seemed Poland would be denied a win, Lewandowski pounced from yet another set piece, meeting an inswinging free kick from the left to send his team mates and the crowd into raptures.

Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic in Belgrade, Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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