Soccer Shorts: Poland bounce back to hammer Gibraltar

Blaise Matuidi
Blaise Matuidi

Poland bounce back to hammer Gibraltar

WARSAW • Arek Milik, Robert Lewandowski and Kamil Grosicki all scored twice as Poland bounced back from last week's defeat by Germany to flatten Gibraltar 8-1 in a one-sided Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.

Gibraltar, Uefa's newest international team, fielded just one professional player - Jake Gosling of Bristol Rovers - and he scored a consolation goal in the 87th minute.


Luxembourg players hit by food poisoning

LUXEMBOURG CITY • Some 15 Luxembourg players suffered a bout of severe food poisoning in Minsk ahead of yesterday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus, the Le Quotidien daily reported.

The players and coach Luc Holtz suffered violent stomach cramps after eating spaghetti bolognese. According to the newspaper, three players - Tom Schnell, Aurelien Joachim and Dan da Mota - who decided not to put sauce on their pasta did not fall ill.


Romania's inability to score a big worry

BUCHAREST • Romania stayed on track for a place at the Euro 2016 finals following a goalless home draw with Greece on Monday, but the sense of crisis intensified after they failed to score in a third consecutive match in Group F.

Anghel Iordanescu's men, who are still unbeaten and have conceded only one goal in their eight games in the qualifying campaign, moved up to 16 points. They are one point behind leaders Northern Ireland and three ahead of third-placed Hungary.


Matuidi double gives France friendly win

BORDEAUX • Blaise Matuidi struck twice as Euro 2016 hosts France continued their build-up to next year's tournament with a 2-1 victory over Serbia in a friendly on Monday.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder fired his team ahead and then netted a spectacular second in the first half before Aleksandar Mitrovic pulled one back against the run of play.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2015, with the headline 'Soccer Shorts: Poland bounce back to hammer Gibraltar'. Print Edition | Subscribe