Matchday three in Nations League: Lewandowski weakens in the anniversary game

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

While Portugal have to do without Cristiano Ronaldo, Poland's superstar Robert Lewandowski remains unusually lackluster on his anniversary appearance. The European champion takes the chance and pushes the door to the semi-finals of the Nations League very far.

In the 100th captaincy of captain Robert Lewandowski, Poland has conceded in the Nations League a 2: 3 (1: 2) defeat against European champions Portugal. The Bayern striker, who has not met in the Bundesliga for three matchdays, remained largely unremarkable. While they lacked their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese turned a 0-1 deficit by Krzystof Piatek (18th) already to half time through a strike by Andre Silva (31) and an own-goal by Kamil Glik (41.) to a 2-1 lead. Bernardo Silva threw a neat low shot from the edge of the box (52.) to make it 3-1, before substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski narrowed it down in the 77th minute. The ex-Dortmunder is with 103 internationals now only record international Poland. A disappointing performance delivered Lewandowski in his anniversary match from. "I have never dreamed of playing so many games for the team and becoming the best scorer in the history of the Polish national team," the Bayern scorer had said before the match. He has scored 55 goals since making his debut on 10 September 2008.Portugal before semi-final drawAfter three match days, the Portuguese are now leading Group 3 of the Nations League A with six points. Poland and Italy (1 each) can only hope for a place in the semi-finals in case of two wins. More on the subject In League C Serbia came to 2-0 (1-0) -success in the neighborhood duel against Montenegro. Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic converted a penalty in Podgorica after 18 minutes. Ex-1860 professional Filip Stojkovic had kept the broken defender Milan Rodic in the penalty area. He also provided the final score after 81 minutes. Serbia now lead the table with 7 points in front of Romania (5), who won 2-1 in Lithuania with a goal from Mainz's Alexandru Maxim in the 90th minute. Israel also celebrated a 2-1 (0-1) victory against Scotland and is after two rounds only because of the worse goal difference in Group 1 behind the Scots. Kosovo lead the league table in Group 3 after a 3-1 (1-0) win against Malta with seven points. Second is Azerbaijan, who defeated the Faroe Islands 3-0 (1-0).


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