WARSAW - Ebi Smolarek hit four goals to inspire Poland to a 10-0 drubbing of San Marino in a one-sided World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. Poland, beaten 3-2 in Northern Ireland on Saturday, cruised into a 4-0 halftime lead against Group Three bottom team San Marino thanks to two goals from Rafal Boguski, one by Smolarek and another from Robert Lewandowski. The visiting defence was penetrated six more times in the second period through Smolarek (three), Ireneusz Jelen, Mariusz Lewandowski and Marek Saganowski. "I am happy about the four goals. It shows I want to be an important part of the team," said Smolarek. Poland have 10 points from six games while San Marino have lost all their matches. Northern Ireland top the table on 13 points ahead of Slovakia on 12. "The group is even and the race will go until the very end," said Poland coach Leo Beenhakker. "Even the favourites, Czech Republic, clearly have problems winning games," added the Dutchman. The Czechs, beaten 2-1 at home by the Slovaks on Wednesday, have eight points.
1 April 2009
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