Robert Lewandowski loses his cool against Kazakhstan

Published 3 Comments

Football News

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).


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article:

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.

Is Robert Lewandowski the best No. 9 in world football? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich
World Cup

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again