Albania 0-1 Poland: Home fans halt play after visiting players hit by objects


Bottles are thrown on to the pitch
The players left the pitch for more than 20 minutes following the incident at the Air Albania Stadium

Poland’s World Cup qualifying victory over Albania in Tirana was suspended for over 20 minutes after home fans threw objects at the visiting players.

Karol Swiderski gave the Poles the lead with 13 minutes remaining in their Group I fixture.

But he and his team-mates were then pelted with plastic drinks bottles from the stands, prompting the players to leave the pitch.

Play resumed and Poland leapfrogged Albania into second spot.

Before the incident which prompted the lengthy delay, Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski was also targeted with an object from the crowd.

A post-match interview with Swiderski was also cut short as Poland manager Jakub Kwiatkowski encouraged him to leave as bottles were again thrown at him.

Poland players protect themselves from bottles being thrown at them after scoring
The Poland players were forced to protect themselves from bottles thrown by Albania fans

“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, bidding to reach a World Cup finals for the first time, travel to Wembley to face England next month, prior to completing their campaign at home to Andorra.

Poland, who are three points adrift of Gareth Southgate’s side, travel to Andorra before hosting Hungary in November for their final two qualification matches.

Line-ups

Albania

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Berisha
  • 4HysajBooked at 49mins
  • 18IsmajliBooked at 34mins
  • 15Kumbulla
  • 5Veseli
  • 19RamadaniBooked at 89mins
  • 7BareSubstituted forCokajat 77′minutes
  • 20TrashiSubstituted forLenjaniat 65′minutes
  • 21RoshiSubstituted forBajramiat 77′minutes
  • 10Manaj
  • 11UzuniSubstituted forBrojaat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lenjani
  • 9Cokaj
  • 12Selmani
  • 13Mihaj
  • 14Dermaku
  • 17Broja
  • 22Bajrami
  • 23Strakosha

Poland

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Dawidowicz
  • 15Glik
  • 5BednarekBooked at 50minsSubstituted forHelikat 90+3′minutes
  • 10Krychowiak
  • 7JózwiakSubstituted forFrankowskiat 71′minutes
  • 20Zielinski
  • 16ModerSubstituted forKlichat 45′minutes
  • 21PuchaczBooked at 90minsSubstituted forBereszynskiat 90+1′minutes
  • 8BuksaBooked at 39minsSubstituted forSwiderskiat 71′minutes
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 2Gumny
  • 4Kedziora
  • 6Helik
  • 11Swiderski
  • 12Skorupski
  • 13Placheta
  • 14Klich
  • 17Kozlowski
  • 18Bereszynski
  • 19Frankowski
  • 22Majecki
  • 23Piatek

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