Football: Poland surge clear at the top of Group E after 2-1 qualifier win over Montenegro

Artur Jedrzejczyk (right) of Poland and Damir Kojasevic of Montenegro in action during the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier game in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Artur Jedrzejczyk (right) of Poland and Damir Kojasevic of Montenegro in action during the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier game in Podgorica, Montenegro.PHOTO: EPA

PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO (REUTERS) - Poland won 2-1 in Montenegro with goals from Robert Lewandowski and Lukasz Piszczek to move six points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group E after a pulsating clash on Sunday (March 26).

The result left the Poles in charge midway through the campaign on 13 points from five games, six ahead of closest rivals Montenegro and Denmark, who were held 0-0 in Romania.

Lewandowski curled home a superb 40th-minute free-kick and, although Stefan Mugosa equalised just past the hour, Piszczek got the winner with a fine lob in the 82nd minute after the Poles missed a barrage of chances against their injury-hit opponents.

The visitors had come close three times in the opening half before Lewandowski netted his eighth goal of the qualifying campaign, leaving goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic rooted to his line with a delightful strike from 25 metres.

Lewandowski and Piszczek missed a pair of easy chances inside a minute on the hour and Poland were swiftly punished as Mugosa scored his first international goal with a thumping header after Damir Kojasevic's teasing cross from the right.

Poland pressed for a winner and right-back Piszczek made amends for his earlier miss as he brilliantly side-footed the ball over Bozovic from inside the penalty area to silence a vociferous home crowd.