LISBON (Reuters) – Robert Lewandowski hit four goals in the second half as Poland swept aside Gibraltar in their first ever competitive game 7-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying Group D on Sunday.
There was to be no fairytale for the newcomers in a tough group also including world champions Germany, Ireland, Scotland and Georgia.Kamil Grosicki, who opened the scoring on 11 minutes, coolly took his second at the start of the second half and the floodgates opened.
Lewandowski, Poland’s captain, quickly hit two and Lukasz Szukala headed in the fifth.
In the final stages the unforgiving Bayern Munich striker slotted in two more.
Gibraltar’s rocky enclave has a population of just under 30,000 and their Victoria Stadium fails to meet UEFA standards.
The game was therefore played at the Algarve stadium in Portugal, where the Gibraltar fans that made the trip were in full voice for their national anthem and did their best to rally the players.
There was a positive mood from the Gibraltar camp ahead of the game, encouraged by their first victory over Malta in June and they did not ever give up.
The small British overseas territory that borders the southern part of Spain only became a UEFA member in May 2013, and played a first friendly match against Slovakia the following November, which they drew 0-0.
Spain were against Gibraltar’s membership due to a dispute over sovereignty and Gibraltar were kept away from the reigning European champions in the group stages for political reasons.