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UEFA: England win in Lithuania, Lewy leads Poland to WC berth


during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Dan Mullan

It wasn’t pretty, but England got the job done.

The Three Lions picked up a 1-0 win over Lithuania in the cold, rainy evening in Vilnus, Lithuania, with Harry Kane’s first half penalty kick serving as the difference between the two sides.

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England controlled the match with 72 percent possession, had 10 corners and took 12 shots, but just four were on target.

With the win, England confirms their place atop Group F.

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Poland qualifies for the World Cup

After missing the last two World Cups, Poland is returning to the world stage.

Robert Lewandowski scored the go-ahead goal in the 86th minute as Poland defeated Montenegro, 4-2 to win Group E and qualify for the World Cup next year in Russia. Lewandowski’s goal was his UEFA-leading 16th of the campaign, and tied him for the most in the world during World Cup qualifying.

Scotland eliminated on final day

It was another rough night for the Tartan Army.

The Scotland National Team led in the first half but couldn’t hold on, and despite battling back in the second half, settled for a 2-2 draw at Slovenia, eliminating Scotland from the World Cup while Slovakia - which beat Malta 3-0 - will advance to the World Cup qualifying playoffs.

Leigh Griffiths scored the opener but he was cancelled out by goals from Roman Bezjak, who scored twice in the second half. Robert Snodgrass equalized in the 88th minute but it was too late for Scotland, which now hasn’t been to the World Cup since 1998.