Cologne - Robert Lewandowski told his compatriots to "have fun" after a record-equalling night for the FC Bayern München man that propelled Poland to UEFA EURO 2016.

The prolific Bayern forward struck the goal that gave Poland a 2-1 victory over Republic of Ireland on Sunday to pip Martin O'Neill's men to second place in Group D behind Germany, and secure an automatic qualifying place for next summer's final tournament in France.

It was Lewandowski's 13th goal of the qualifying campaign, matching the previous best set by Northern Ireland's David Healy ahead of UEFA EURO 2008.

Lewandowski's 42nd-minute effort in the Polish capital took him past FC Schalke 04 and Netherlands forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and former Croatia great Davor Suker, who had found the net 12 times in qualifying campaigns ahead of EURO 2012 and EURO '96 respectively.

It was also Lewandowski's 16th goal in his last seven competitive outings for club and country as he continued the remarkable run of form that has seen him break a host of records this term, including his incredible five-goal haul in nine minutes against VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 6.