Lewandowski nets hat trick, Poland gets 4-0 victory over Georgia
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Robert Lewandowski's hat trick in the last four minutes boosted Poland to a 4-0 victory over Georgia and control of Group D in 2016 European Championship qualifying on Saturday.
Lewandowski scored in the 89th minute and twice more in stoppage time.
In Dublin, Scotland rallied to draw with Ireland 1-1.
Poland has 14 points from six matches and will remain atop the group regardless of the outcome of Germany's match against Gibraltar late Saturday. Germany has 10 points, and will rise above Scotland with an expected win. Scotland has 11, Ireland nine, Georgia three, and Gibraltar none.
Jon Walters scored for Ireland just before halftime, then Shaun Maloney's strike was deflected in by John O'Shea just after the break.
In Warsaw, the home side went ahead in the 62nd through forward Arkadiusz Milik, who picked up a corner pass and curled a left-foot shot inside the far post from some 22 meters (yards) out.
Poland's victory hung in the balance with Georgia attacking strongly late, and George Navalovsky struck the post.
Lewandowski wasted three big chances in the first half but got it right at the end. He collected a through ball from Milik to score his first, and the next two followed a similar pattern, with Jakub Blaszczykowski and Milik again providing the passes. Lewandowski has seven goals in six qualifying matches.
Ireland scored after a header by Daryl Murphy from a corner was parried by David Marshall, only for the ball to fall kindly for Walters from can't-miss range.
Maloney's equalizer from the edge of the Irish area bounced off the back of O'Shea and in.