Poles up to second in World Cup qualifying group

Świderski’s fine goal, fired in at an acute angle, lifted the Poles above Albania, and moved them into a play-off spot for qualification. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Poland moved into second place in its football World Cup qualifying group with a hard-fought 1-0 away win over Albania in a match marred by crowd trouble.

The referee took both teams off the pitch and suspended the match for about 15 minutes after Polish players celebrating a Karol Świderski goal were pelted with plastic bottles thrown by the home side’s fans.

Świderski’s fine goal, fired in at an acute angle, lifted the Poles above Albania, and moved them into a play-off spot for qualification.