Poland beat Albania 1-0 to reclaim second place in Group I after their World Cup qualifier was temporarily suspended when bottles were thrown onto the pitch in the second half on Tuesday.

The Group I game was interrupted shortly after Polish striker Karol Swiderski scored in the penalty area following an assist from midfielder Mateusz Klich in the 77th minute.

Albania were missing several key players, with forward Sokol Cikalleshi the latest to leave the squad with COVID-19, but they still managed to dominate the first half.

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After an intense battle and several missed opportunities on both sides, Poland gained the upper hand in the second half and scored thanks to Swiderski, whose goal triggered crowd problems and a suspension.

Poland have 17 points in eight matches, three points behind the leaders England and two points ahead of Albania with two games remaining. The group winners advance to the 2022 final in Qatar, while the second-placed team advance to the playoffs.

An interview with Swiderski after full time was cut short as Polish team manager Jakub Kwiatkowski encouraged him to leave as bottles were thrown at him.

“After the goal there were full bottles flying, so it was a bit dangerous, but we came back and finished the game,” Bayern Munich striker and Poland captain Robert told reporters. Lewandowski.

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