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Stadio Olimpico Serravalle (ATT 1,597) 10th September 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Borg

San Marino San Marino vs Poland Poland

San Marino 1

A Della Valle (22)

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Poland 5

P Zielinski (11, 66)
J Blaszczykowski (24)
W Sobota (34)
A Mierzejewski (76)

World Cup qualifier: Five-star Poland hammer San Marino to keep hopes alive

Last Updated: 10/09/13 10:53pm

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Piotr Zielinski grabbed a brace as Poland raced past San Marino with a 5-1 victory on Tuesday evening

Piotr Zielinski grabbed a brace as Poland raced past San Marino with a 5-1 victory on Tuesday evening

Piotr Zielinski scored twice as Poland brushed past San Marino, who had the consolation of breaking their goal duck in World Cup qualifying Group H.

Alessandro Della Valle ended San Marino's five-year wait for a goal to cancel out Zielinski's opener but Jakub Blaszczykowski, Waldemar Sobota, Zielinski again and Adrian Mierzejewski restored order at the Stadio Olimpico.

The result keeps Poland in the qualifying picture, although they lie fourth and trail group leaders England by three points.

San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini had already saved well from Pawel Brozek and Sobota before the opener arrived in the 11th minute, Zielinski finishing after Sebastian Boenisch delivered the ball from the right.

Zielinski saw a volley saved before the hosts surprisingly equalised, Della Valle heading home their first competitive goal since October 2008 from Matteo Vitaioli's free-kick.

Poland's response was swift, Blaszczykowski hammering home to restore their lead within two minutes.

Pawel Brozek then set up Sobota to give Poland a 3-1 half-time lead.

They went in search of further goals at the start of the second period, Zielinski and Piotr Celeban going close before Brozek forced a scrambling save from Simoncini.

The hosts' experienced striker Andy Selva volleyed over from 25 yards before Poland's fourth finally arrived, Zielinski curling home a free-kick after Della Valle fouled Mateusz Klich.

Mierzejewski hammered home the fifth and Simoncini brilliantly denied Klich, before Alessandro Bianchi went close to a brilliant second for San Marino in injury time.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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