Romania scores 3 in 12 minutes on way to 5-0 win in Armenia
WARSAW, Poland (AP) Robert Lewandowski does for Poland what he does for Bayern Munich: Keeps scoring.
At the National Stadium in Warsaw, the Poland captain again met high expectations by scoring for the seventh consecutive qualifier with his third hat trick of the season in a 3-2 win over Denmark on Saturday.
He netted a cross by Kamil Grosicki in the 20th minute, and converted a penalty 16 minutes later. The hat trick was completed two minutes into the second half of a matchup between the two leading contenders to advance from Group E.
An own goal by Kamil Glik gave Denmark its first goal, two minutes after Lewandowski's third, and substitute Yussuf Poulsen added the second in the 69th.
Thanks to Lewandowski, Poland beat Denmark for only the ninth time in 26 encounters.
With only the winner qualifying automatically, Poland, chasing its first World Cup finals since 2006, is tied atop the group with Romania and Montenegro. Denmark trails by one point.
ARMENIA 0, ROMANIA 5
It all went from bad to worse for Armenia.
It began with Armenia captain Gor Malakyan picking up a straight red card and being sent off just three minutes into the match.
A minute later, Bogdan Stancu put visiting Romania ahead, converting from the subsequent spot. Adrian Popa doubled the lead in the 10th, and Razvan Marin needed only two more minutes to put the result beyond doubt.
Their scoring appetite made it the fastest 3-0 lead in a European World Cup qualifier since 2000.
Nicolae Stanciu in the first half and Alexandru Chipciu in the second half finished Armenia off 5-0.
MONTENEGRO 5, KAZAKHSTAN 0
Montenegro netted four in the second half and grabbed its first win in qualifying.
Forward Stevan Jovetic directed Montenegro as captain, contributing a second-half goal.
Zarko Tomasevic opened the scoring in Podgorica, and Nikola Vukcevic, Fatos Beciraj and Stefan Savic piled on.