Denmark begin World Cup qualifying with win, Poland falters

COPENHAGEN: Christian Eriksen scored for Denmark to begin World Cup qualifying with a 1-0 win over Armenia, while Poland squandered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Kazakhstan on Sunday.

Poland captain Robert Lewandowski scored for the sixth consecutive qualifier — with a penalty in the 35th minute after Bartosz Kapustka got the visitors off the mark against Kazakhstan in the ninth.

But two quick goals in the second half from Sergei Khizhnichenko ensured Kazakhstan started Group E with a point in Astana.

Eriksen got Age Hareide — and Denmark — off to a good start in the Norwegian coach's first competitive game in charge when he netted the only goal in Copenhagen in the 17th minute, though the Tottenham midfielder failed to convert a penalty in the second half when Armenia 'keeper Arsen Beglaryan saved his spot kick.

Hareide took over from the long-serving Morten Olsen, who had already announced he was stepping down before the side failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship.

Romania 1, Montenegro 1

Nicolae Stanciu missed the chance to win the late Group E game for Romania, firing a penalty over in the seventh minute of injury time in Bucharest.

Romania substitute Adrian Popa thought he'd scored the winner when he made the breakthrough with just five minutes remaining, but Stevan Jovetic replied by crashing an equalizer in off the crossbar.