Robert Lewandowski gears up for World Cup with double as Poland thrash Lithuania

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Poland coasted past Lithuania 4-0 in Warsaw as they completed preparations for the World Cup.

Lewandowski broke the deadlock in the 19th minute when he curled in a cut-back from Maciej Rybus.

The Bayern striker doubled the hosts’ lead just after the half-hour mark when his 20-yard free-kick went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Following a string of second-half substitutions, including Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny coming on for Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski, Poland thought they had further extended their lead.

Grzegorz Krychowiak flicked in a backheel following a corner – but the West Brom midfielder saw his effort disallowed on review for a handball.

It was 3-0 in the 71st minute when Sampdoria forward Dawid Kownacki tapped home from close range after being set up by Bartosz Bereszynski.

Wolfsburg midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski wrapped up a comfortable win via the penalty spot eight minutes from full-time.

Poland open their Group H campaign against Senegal in Moscow on June 19, before fixtures against Colombia and Japan.

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The Samurai Blue, meanwhile, had earlier beaten Paraguay 4-2 in Innsbruck ahead of their departure to Russia.

Paraguay, who failed to qualify for the finals in Russia, took the lead in the 32nd minute through an acrobatic 20-yard effort from Oscar Romero.

Gaku Shibasaki saw his free-kick clip the crossbar before midfielder Takashi Inui equalised early in the second half with a fine 25-yard curling effort.

Japan went ahead in the 63rd minute when Inui found the net again with a low shot which squirmed past the goalkeeper, before an own goal by Paraguay forward Federico Santander from a corner made it 3-1 after 77 minutes.

Richard Ortiz reduced the deficit from distance in the final minute, but Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa wrapped up victory with a fourth Japan goal during stoppage time.

The Samurai Blue open their Group H campaign against Colombia in Saransk on June 19, before fixtures against Senegal and Poland.

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