Scotland’s defenders must have been dreading the prospect of facing Robert Lewandowski in Euro 2016 qualification this evening in view of the Poland striker’s astounding recent goalscoring form.
And the Bayern Munich man took just three minutes to make Scotland nightmares a reality at Hampden Park when he ran onto Arkadiusz Milik’s pass and slipped the ball under David Marshall.
Lewandowski’s 13th goal in his last five games was cancelled out by a Matt Richie stunner on the stroke of half time as Scotland made it 1-1 at the break in the crucial Group D clash.
Defeat for Gordon Strachan’s side would end their hopes of qualifying for France 2016, but a point would sustain their playoff chances as long as the Republic of Ireland lose to Germany tonight.
The score currently remains goalless in Ireland, who are four points ahead of Scotland in third, but play Poland in their final fixture while their fellow home nation face whipping boys Gibraltar.
But Scotland must survive another 45 minutes of Lewandowski to take their challenge to Sunday – no mean feat considering that the Pole is arguably the best striker in the world on present form.
The 27-year-old’s purple patch began with an incredible five goals in nine second-half minutes as a substitute against Wolfsburg on September 22, and has continued with a Champions League hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb and Bundesliga braces against Mainz 05 and former club Borussia Dortmund.
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