Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring in the win over Montenegro.
Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring in the win over Montenegro. Czarek Sokolowski

Lewandowski's goals see Poland through to finals

POLAND has sealed its spot at next year's World Cup in Russia thanks to Robert Lewandowksi's double in a 4-2 win over Montnegro.

The Bayern Munich striker now has 16 goals in European qualifying games, one more than Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Poles secured a first World Cup finals place since 2006, while there was joy in Egypt as the African nation sealed its first finals place since 1990 with a 2-1 win over the Republic of Congo.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty, his second goal of the game, to spark huge celebrations.

Germany had already qualified but made it 10 wins from 10 in Group C after routing Azerbaijan 5-1 in Kaiserslautern to join Spain as the only nations in history to finish a European World Cup qualifying campaign with a perfect record.

England is also at the finals and completed its campaign with a 1-0 win in Lithuania.

Skipper Harry Kane scored the only goal from the penalty spot, his 15th goal in 10 games for club and country.

Northern Ireland slid to a 1-0 defeat to Norway in Oslo after an own goal by Chris Brunt, but Michael O'Neill's men were already guaranteed a berth in the playoffs.

Scotland's 2-2 draw in Slovenia saw the Irish through and meant the Scots failed to make the playoffs

Slovakia face an anxious wait to discover whether they will advance to the two-legged playoffs after finishing second behind England in Group F following a comfortable 3-0 win over Malta.