Lukasz Fabianski left the field in tears after an emotional final game for Poland ended in a clean sheet and an empathetic 5-0 win over San Marino.
The veteran goalkeeper’s final game for his national side indeed was an emotional occasion – as the 36-year-old was seen leaving the pitch with tears in his eyes.
The West Ham keeper, in fact, announced retirement from Poland earlier this summer, but he was given last night’s encounter at Warsaw's Stadion, Narodowy, as a final farewell, rounding off 57 caps in total.
Fabianski, who's a legend of his home country, was given a guard of honour as well.
Karol Swiderski put the home side into the lead before San Marino's Cristian Brolli scored what was incredibly his fourth international own goal.
Then further goals came from Tomasz Kedziora, Adam Buksa and Krzysztof Piatek. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski played 65 minutes but failed to score in the six shots he had.
The victory means that Poland will stay in third place in Group I – but England are ahead in the World Cup qualifiers by five points.
The Three Lions themselves enjoyed a 5-0 win, only theirs being over Andorra.
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Gareth Southgate’s men went ahead through Ben Chilwell. Bukayo Saka got their second, while Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse, and Jack Grealish each got on the scoresheet.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Southgate said of his opposition: “They are a very difficult team to referee because they waste time from the start and a couple of times they're aggressive in their challenges," said Southgate.
"I asked the players at half-time 'what's the only way we can come unstuck here?' and the players knew.
"It's a good exercise at times to play on a yellow card for a while. But it was one of those nights we didn't want to risk more yellows."
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