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FIFA World Cup Qualifying Round | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
6 October 2016 - 19:45 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Georgia

Coleman(56) Full-time
Republic of Ireland Georgia

Report: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia

Ireland secured a major first win of their 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign in a game of narrow margins at the Aviva Stadium.
Coleman
6th Oct 2016

Seamus Coleman’s tap in from close range in the fifty-sixth minute proved to be the divider between two teams that competed in what was a lively game, watched by a vocal home crowd of 39,793.

The game started brightly for Ireland. Two penalty shouts in quick succession involving James McClean and Shane Long had the crowd on their feet before they had barely stood down from the national anthem.

Both sides shared equal spells of possession in the opening stages. Around the quarter mark, however, the Georgian midfield managed to maintain a decent spell of short passes. Number 10 Tornike Okriashville turned sharply to drive forwards, spraying the ball wide right to Otar Kakabadze. The full back’s stepovers resulted in a flat pass to Valeri Kazaishvilli on the edge of the six yard box. His swivel and half volley went thankfully just right of Randolph’s post.  

As the game progressed the ball at Irish feet remained predominantly in defense and on the wings, the away side looking more comfortable in the centre. Ireland were combining nicely on the flanks but the final ball couldn’t seem to attain the quality required to penetrate the Georgian back four.  

It was the latter stages of the first half when drama levels grew as both sides came to life; the Georgians first. Okriashvili involved again, this time a neat dinking cross from the right. Levan Mchedlidze attacked the ball with force, his impressive header crashing off the underside of the Irish crossbar. Georgia’s subsequent attempt from the rebound was headed off the line.

Ireland responded immediately. James McClean rose high to knock down the ball into the path of Walters, whose overhead kick went skywards over the bar. The half continued in this end to end nature. A through ball in the other direction saw Zazaishvili’s strength and speed beat Coleman to the ball, but Randolph was sharp off his line to smother.

O’Neill’s half time talk was clearly effective as Ireland stepped up the gears in the second forty five. Ten minutes in and the deadlock was broken, in somewhat bizarre fashion. Coleman, the eventual goalscorer, accelerated up the right flank, beating Giorgi Navalovski to cut inside. His attempted flat pass to Walters somehow rebounded off both the Irish number 19 and Georgian defender Solomon Kverkvelia to result in Coleman breaking though for the simplest of tap ins. Perseverance pays off, and they all count.

Ireland continued to press. A beautiful cross from Jonathan Walters was met by the head of McClean. As the net bulged, however, the linesman’s flag rose for offside.

Murmurs of approval filtered from the crowd as Ireland engaged in a series of positive passes. One exchange in particular, between Shane Long and Walters, saw the latter square the ball into the box only for a Georgian foot to get in the way.

The arrival of injury time did not stall Ireland’s unrelenting pressure. James McClean again found himself attacking a pin point Walters cross. This time the ball bounced back off the crossbar.

As the final whistle blew the Irish dugout celebrated a massive three points against a team that are certain to cause others problems in this qualifying group.

Ireland: Randolph; Coleman, Clark, Duffy, Ward, Walters, McCarthy, Hendrick, Brady (Whelan, 80), McClean, Long (O’Shea, 90+4)

Georgia: Loria; Kakabadze, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Navalovski (Kobakhidze, 90), Okriashvili, Daushvili (Katcharava, 90+3), Gvilia, Kazaishvili, Ananidze (Skhirtladze, 73), Mchedlidze

Referee: Tony Chapron (France)

Preview: Republic of Ireland v Georgia

It is a little over four weeks since Daryl Murphy headed home to secure a vital away point for Ireland in a bruising encounter against Serbia in their opening World Cup Qualifying game.
Martin O'Neill
5th Oct 2016

And such is the calibre of the group that Ireland have been drawn in; the reality is that there won’t be any margin for error. Georgia offer themselves as Ireland’s next challenge in their quest for qualification tomorrow evening, and overcoming the eastern European side will be in no sense a straightforward task.

But Ireland enter the tie with confidence. Despite injuries potentially ruling out some key players, Martin O’Neill will select his starting eleven with the solace of knowing that others can step in successfully when required. 

In the last decade or so, Ireland’s meetings with Georgia have proved consistently favourable to the boys in green, with Ireland emerging victorious in seven games out of seven. However, five of these victories were secured by a single goal only.  

Their most recent encounters, in the 2014/15 Euro Qualifier games, saw Ireland gather all six points with a 1-2 and 1-0 wins. Everyone remembers the former; a dramatic late winner from Aidan McGeady securing the three points. 

O’Neill will be seeking less drama tomorrow evening but the Georgians will be looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat to Austria in their own opening World Cup Qualifier last month.

In a group where every moment and every goal will count, Ireland will have the edge with their now famous fans guaranteeing to play the twelfth man.  And the home crowd will be out in force tomorrow evening looking to aid O’Neill and co as best they can in their quest for six points over the coming four days.

Related Article: Republic of Ireland supporters are seeking to turn the South Stand into a sea of green for Thursday's crunch FIFA World Cup Qualifier with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.

Republic of Ireland v Georgia
Thursday, October 6
Aviva Stadium
Kick-Off: 19:45
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
TV: LIVE on RTE2, Sky Sports 2

HEAD TO HEAD

EURO Qualifier: Georgia 1-2 Republic of Ireland - March 29, 2003 

EURO Qualifier: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Georgia - June 11, 2003 
World Cup Qualifier: Georgia 1-2 Republic of Ireland - September 6, 2008 

World Cup Qualifier: Republic of Ireland 2-1 Georgia - February 11, 2009

Friendly: Republic of Ireland 4-0 Georgia - June 2, 2013

EURO Qualifier: Georgia 1-2 Republic of Ireland - September 7, 2014

EURO Qualifier: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia - September 7, 2015 

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Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Coleman (C) 3 Clark 7 Duffy 8 McCarthy 9 Long 10 Brady 11 McClean 13 Hendrick 17 Ward 19 Walters

Georgia

17 Loria (G) 2 Kakabadze 4 Kashia (C) 5 Kverkvelia 6 Daushvili 7 Ananidze 8 Kazaishvili 10 Okriashvili 15 Gvilia 22 Navalovski 23 Mchedlidze

Substitutes

  • 1 Roin Kvaskhvadze (G)
  • 12 Giorgi Makaridze (G)
  • 3 Lasha Dvali
  • 9 Vladimer Dvalishvili
  • 11 Giorgi Kvilitaia
  • 13 Nika Katcharava
  • 14 Lasha Parunashvili
  • 16 Zurab Tsiskaridze
  • 18 Davit Skhirtladze
  • 19 Aleksandre Kobakhidze
  • 20 Jambul Jigauri
  • 21 Giorgi Papunashvili

Officials

  • Referee Tony Chapron
  • Assistant Referee Michael Annonier
  • Assistant Referee Eric Danizan
  • 4th Referee Nicolas Rainville
  • Uefa Delegate Stefano Pucci
  • Referee Observer Michael Argyrou
  • Timothy Tuomey

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 3" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Solomon Kverkvelia (Georgia).
  • 4" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 5" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Valerian Gvilia (Georgia).
  • 5" Jano Ananidze (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 7" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 7" Solomon Kverkvelia (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Giorgi Navalovski (Georgia) is penalised for a foul on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 8" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 12" Tornike Okriashvili (Georgia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland).
  • 12" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Valeri Kazaishvili (Georgia) fouls.
  • 14" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 17" Valeri Kazaishvili (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 19" Valeri Kazaishvili (Georgia) has a shot blocked.
  • 19" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 19" Jano Ananidze (Georgia) takes the corner.
  • 20" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jano Ananidze (Georgia).
  • 20" Jano Ananidze (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 20" Levan Mchedlidze (Georgia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 21" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 22" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 23" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 24" Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 24" Jano Ananidze (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 26" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 27" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Tornike Okriashvili (Georgia).
  • 28" Otar Kakabadze (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 30" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 30" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 30" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 31" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 32" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 37" Jano Ananidze (Georgia) takes the corner.
  • 37" Levan Mchedlidze (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 37" Guram Kashia (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 38" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 38" Solomon Kverkvelia (Georgia) blocks a shot.
  • 38" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 41" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jano Ananidze (Georgia).
  • 41" Guram Kashia (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 43" Valeri Kazaishvili (Georgia) has an effort on goal.
  • 43" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 44" Levan Mchedlidze (Georgia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 44" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 44" Jano Ananidze (Georgia) delivers the corner.
  • 45+1" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 45+1" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Giorgi Loria (Georgia).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 47" Murtaz Daushvili (Georgia) fouls.
  • 48" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 48" Valeri Kazaishvili (Georgia) blocks a shot.
  • 56" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 57" Levan Mchedlidze (Georgia) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 57" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 58" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 58" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) blocks a shot.
  • 58" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Otar Kakabadze (Georgia).
  • 58" Otar Kakabadze (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 59" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 60" Jano Ananidze (Georgia) delivers the corner.
  • 62" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) has a shot blocked.
  • 62" James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 63" Jano Ananidze (Georgia) takes the corner.
  • 66" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 66" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) blocks a shot.
  • 67" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) has a shot blocked.
  • 67" @@player1 (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 68" Valeri Kazaishvili (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 70" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 71" Solomon Kverkvelia (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 71" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 73" Levan Mchedlidze (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 73" Davit Skhirtladze (in) - Jano Ananidze (out) (Georgia)
  • 76" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 79" Glenn Whelan (in) - Robbie Brady (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 82" Guram Kashia (Georgia) fouls.
  • 83" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 83" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Giorgi Navalovski (Georgia).
  • 83" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 84" Guram Kashia (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 87" Levan Mchedlidze (Georgia) is shown a yellow card.
  • 87" Levan Mchedlidze (Georgia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland).
  • 87" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 89" Davit Skhirtladze (Georgia) fouls.
  • 89" Aleksandre Kobakhidze (in) - Giorgi Navalovski (out) (Georgia)
  • 90" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+2" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 90+3" Nika Katcharava (in) - Murtaz Daushvili (out) (Georgia)
  • 90+4" John O'Shea (in) - Shane Long (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+5" Tornike Okriashvili (Georgia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 90+5" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+8" Guram Kashia (Georgia) is penalised for a foul on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+8" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Georgia

Corners Won

2 5

Shots on Target

3 3

Shots off Target

4 5

Fouls Committed

11 11
  • Republic of Ireland

    Georgia

  • 1Goals0
  • 1Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 3Shots on Goal3
  • 4Shots Wide5
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 6Save(s)4
  • 9Total Shots11
  • 11Fouls Committed11
  • 2Corner(s)5
  • 4Offside(s)0