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Poland maintain excellent run with win in Georgia

Poland maintain excellent run with win in Georgia
By Eurosport

14/11/2014 at 17:31Updated 14/11/2014 at 23:50

European Championship qualifying Group D, Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli Stadium - Georgia 0 Poland 4 (Glik 51, Krychowiak 70, Mila 72, Milik 90+2).

Poland maintained their unbeaten run in Euro 2016 Group D qualifiers by demolishing Georgia 4-0 away on Friday

Following a goalless first 45 minutes, the visitors took the lead early in the second half as Karim Glik headed home from a corner. Georgia captain Jaba Kankava was booked for his attempts to clear Glik's effort on the line with his arm, and the hosts' evening did not get much better.

Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak helped himself to his first international goal as he followed in from a free kick, before Sebastian Mila curled in a sublime third just a couple of minutes later, with 73 on the clock.

The goal rush was cruel on Georgia, who had been committed during a first half in which they squandered several promising opportunities.

And their evening went from bad to worse in the second minute of stoppage time as Aleksander Milik profited from some fine work from strike partner, Robert Lewandowski, to side-foot home.

Poland's players greet supporters as they celebrate their victory over Georgia in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying soccer match in Tbilisi, November 14, 2014 (Reuters)

Poland's players greet supporters as they celebrate their victory over Georgia in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying soccer match in Tbilisi, November 14, 2014 (Reuters)Reuters

17' - CHANCE FOR POLAND - Milik finds the ball on the left edge of the area and fires against the angle of post and bar.

26' - CHANCE FOR POLAND - A brilliant piece of chest control from Grosicki but the Rennes winger cannot beat Giorgi Loria in the Georgia goal.

41' - CHANCE FOR GEORGIA - Aleksander Kobakhidze finds himself free at the back post but slices the ball high over the bar.

51' - GOAL FOR POLAND - Less than a minute after denying Lewandowski with a fine save, Loria is beaten as Glik heads home.

65' - CHANCE FOR GEORGIA - Kankava whistles a shot past the post as Georgia threaten again.

70' - GOAL FOR POLAND - Georgia again fail to clear a set piece and Krychowiak follows it in to stab home from close range.

73' - GOAL FOR POLAND - Mila adds a touch of class to proceedings with a wonderful third, curling beyond Loria superbly.

90+2' - GOAL FOR POLAND - Milik adds insult to injury for the hosts as he taps home after a fine run from Lewandowski.

KEY STATS

Poland have now scored 15 goals in just four qualifying games and have a +13 goal difference.

Georgia had 13 shots on goal to Poland's 17, but none were on target.

TALKING POINT

Can Poland keep up their pace? Poland are flying high in Group D and have qualification in their hands. Having followed up their win over Germany with a draw against Scotland, they needed to win this game and did exactly that. Promising for the visitors as well is the fact that the goals were shared around. Lewandowski did a lot of hard work, none of which was rewarded with a goal but it didn't matter as the rest of the team chipped in. For Georgia, the question marks will be over the future of coach Temuri Ketsbaia, who suggested he would resign if they lost in the build-up to this match.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Grzegorz Krychorwiak (Poland): The midfielder had a hand in the first goal and scored the second, as part of a good night's work. Grosicki and Lewandowski were also impressive.

PLAYER RATINGS

Georgia: Loria 6, Lobzhanidze 6, Saba 5, Khubutia 5, Grigalava 5, Kashia 5, Daushvili 5, Kobakhidze 6, Kankava 7, Ananidze 6, Mchedlidze 6 Subs: Okriashvili 6, Chanturia 6, Dzalamidze 5

Poland: Szczesny 6, Piszczek 6, Szukala 6, Glik 7, Jedrzejczyk 6, Krychowiak 8, Maczynski 6, Grosicki 7, Milik 7, Mila 7, Lewandowski 7 Subs: Jodlowiec 7, Rybus 6, Linetty 5.

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