After home fans threw objects at the visiting players, Poland’s World Cup qualification victory against Albania in Tirana was halted for more than 20 minutes.
With 13 minutes remaining in their Group I match, Karol Swiderski handed the Poles the lead. However, he and his teammates were subsequently bombarded with plastic bottles from the fans, forcing them to abandon the field.
When the game resumed, Poland had passed Albania for second place. Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski was also attacked with an object from the crowd prior to the incident that caused the extended delay.
Swiderski’s post-match interview was also cut short as Poland manager Jakub Kwiatkowski advised him to leave as the worst scorer.
“After the goal there were full bottles flying in, so it was a bit dangerous, but we came back and finished the game,” said Poland captain Robert Lewandowski.
Albania will meet England at Wembley next month in their effort to reach the World Cup finals for the first time, before finishing their campaign at home against Andorra.
Poland, who trail Gareth Southgate’s side by three points, will travel to Andorra before hosting Hungary in November for their final two qualification matches.
Source: BBC Sport