This evening’s 2018 World Cup qualifier between Romania and Poland had to be temporarily halted after a firecracker exploded close to Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.
Poland, 1-0 up at the time thanks to Kamil Grosicki’s excellent first-half solo goal, were defending a corner in the second half when the firecracker was thrown onto the pitch.
Lewandowski pointed to the firecracker while trying to get the attention of referee Damir Skomina, but it exploded seconds later and the Poland international fell to the floor. (Scroll down to watch the video).
Poland’s medical staff then rushed onto the pitch to attend to Lewandowski, who was left in a heap by the blast and appeared to be in some discomfort.
Fortunately, though, the world-class forward was able to continue after receiving treatment. The game was paused for around 10 minutes.
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Lewandowski went on to score two goals
Lewandowski soon recovered and went on to score twice.
He had now scored a remarkable 19 goals in his last 18 international appearances.
Something similar happened at Euro 2016
Tonight’s incident is reminiscent of the crowd trouble at Euro 2016, when a firecracker exploded next to a steward.
The Croatian Football Federation were subsequently fined €100,000 for their supporters’ behaviour.