WATCH - Romania vs Poland temporarily suspended as a flare explodes next to Robert Lewandowski
Published 12/11/2016 | 09:42
Poland's World Cup qualifier against Romania was temporarily suspended on Friday night after a flare exploded besides Robert Lewandowski.
The match in Bucharest was held up for 10 minutes while the Poland captain received treatment from medical staff.
Lewandowski ogłuszony petardą :-( Co za skandal! pic.twitter.com/tXt65ufa0N— Jan Mateusz (@action_goal) November 11, 2016
The Bayern Munich striker scored twice to help his side earn a 3-0 victory, but persistent crowd troubles will undoubtedly be the main talking point from the game.
The incident occurred early in the second half with Poland defending a Romania corner.
The flare was thrown onto the pitch as the 28-year-old tried to organise the Poland defence, exploding just feet beside the striker.
Lewandowski hit the floor clutching his head as his Poland team mates rushed to his assistance.
The former Borussia Dortmund front man appeared groggy as he was helped to his feet, although he was able to take a full part in the game.
The forward scored two goals in the last ten minutes of the game to ensure a 3-0 victory for the visiting side.
Slovenian referee Damir Skomina was twice forced to stop the game as fans clashes threatened to spill onto the pitch at the National Arena.
Poland's 3-0 victory means they stay top of Group E with 10 points from their opening four matches.
Romanian police had earlier arrested six Polish fans for violence as the two rival sets of supporters clashed outside the Bucharest ground.