It's fair to say that Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was at his brilliant best as Poland overcame Denmark by three goals to two on Saturday.
Lewandowski, who is widely recognised as one of the leading forwards in world football, netted a 47-minute hat-trick to ease his country into a 3-0 lead.
Denmark fought back well and struck twice in the second period but couldn't stop Poland securing all three points in the Group E World Cup qualifying clash.
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There was, however, one big moment of controversy during the showdown. Indeed, after Poland were awarded a penalty after 36 minutes, Lewandoski duly stepped up.
As you can see in the video below, the red-hot striker didn't approach the ball in normal fashion. Instead, Lewandowski clearly stopped during his run towards the ball.
Unsurprisingly, after Lewandoski slotted home, Leicester City shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel opted to confront the referee.
The match official wasn't having any of it and, as well as awarding the goal, booked Schmeichel in the process.
See the incident here:
But should the goal have been disallowed? Well, it appears that Schmeichel was right to feel aggrieved...
The official rule outlines the following:
Feinting to kick the ball once the kicker has completed the run-up (feinting in the run-up is permitted); the referee cautions the kicker.
It was certainly a bad evening for Denmark, who have now fallen behind Poland in Group E. Schmeichel and co. currently sit on three points from their two games while Poland have obtained four points from their two outings. Montenegro and Romania have also racked up four points from their opening fixtures in the group.
Denmark will be handed a shot at redemption when they take on leaders Montenegro on Tuesday evening.
What did you make of the penalty saga? Have your say below!
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