Hat-trick gives Poland belief, says Lewandowski

The Bayern Munich forward boosted his country’s chances of qualification for Euro 2016 by netting three goals in four minutes against Georgia

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski says his four-minute hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Georgia on Saturday stirred stirred up hopes that his country will qualify for Euro 2016 as group winners.

Arkadiusz Milik had put the hosts 1-0 up after an hour, but Georgia threatened an equaliser before Lewandowski rifled home in the 89th minute and added two more in stoppage time.

The win leaves Poland one point clear of Group D favourites Germany at the summit, and Lewy thinks his exploits were a timely boost to their qualification campaign.

“In the past it was quite possible we would not have won a match like this,” the Bayern Munich striker said.

“We showed tonight that even after missing many chances in the first half, we can net four in the second. The team is now a different one to that of a few months ago.

“We showed tonight that you have to be patient. Poles are, in general, not, but we showed tonight that we have learnt something new.”

Adam Nawalka’s side had previously taken a 1-0 lead against the Republic of Ireland only to be pegged back right at the death in March, and Lewandowski says their latest victory ilustrates a corner has been turned.

“I feared the outcome when Georgia hit the woodwork,” he said.

“We then sat back in a bid to absorb their counterattacks. Luck is necessary in football and it finally came back on our side.”

Poland will hope that luck remains with them when they meet Germany in September.