Robert Lewandowski breaks record to put Poland on the brink of World Cup

Robert Lewandowski struck a hat trick to becomePoland‘s leading goal scorerof all-time, overtaking Wlodzimierz Lubanski’s 48 goals and helping to seal a 6-1 win overArmeniathat puts them on the brink of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Kamil Grosicki opened the scoring for Poland before Lewandowski, 29, sent a free kick over the wall to match the record in the 18th minute, then went one better by turning in Grosicki’s cross seven minutes later.

Hovhannes Hambardzumyan struck back for Armenia, who are already out of contention, but in the second half Jakub Blaszczykowski added another and Lewandowski netted his 50th international goal to seal his hat trick from close range. Rafal Wolski then added a sixth late on.

Poland will qualify for Russia 2018 from Group E if eitherMontenegroandDenmark, who play each other later on Thursday, draw their game.

In Group C,Czech Republicwent aboveAzerbaijaninto third place, but their 2-1 win still leaves them seven points behind Northern Ireland and out of contention.

Jan Kopic struck early but Afran Ismayilov equalised from the penalty spot in the second half

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