Robert Lewandowski is not a striker that opponents should mess with.
The son of a Polish judo champion, the Bayern Munich striker certainly knows how to handle himself - as he demonstrated during Sunday evening’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.
However, the 28-year-old overstepped the mark 16 minutes into the match, smashing one Kazakhstan player in the nose with an elbow before inexplicably grabbing another around the neck seconds later. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Lewandowski, who left defender Yeldos Akhmetov with blood streaming from his nose before giving captain Baurzhan Islamhan a fright, deservedly picked up a yellow card for his minute of madness.
He was somewhat fortunate that Serdar Gozubuyuk, the Dutch referee, only branched a yellow card and not a red.
Video: Lewandowski's minute of madness
Lewandowski made amends with a penalty
Poland were already 1-0 up at the time thanks to Bartosz Kapustka’s ninth-minute strike, so the team’s head coach Adam Nawalka must have been tearing his hair out while watching Lewandowski’s antics from the touchline.
However, the striker made amends with a 35th-minute penalty, as Poland entered the half-time break with a 2-0 lead.
The match finished 2-2
But Kazakhstan hit back after the interval and put themselves back on level terms with half-hour remaining thanks to a brace from Sergei Khizhnichenko.
The match finished 2-2 and the two nations now find themselves behind Denmark, who secured a 1-0 victory over Armenia thanks to a first-half strike from Christian Eriksen, in Group E.
Lewandowski is vital for Poland
If Poland are to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia, Lewandowski will be central to the team’s hopes.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker was prolific during qualification for Euro 2016, netting 13 goals in 10 matches - no other player scored more.
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