Georgia 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2018 - FIFA World Cup | 2017795

FIFA World CupQualifying Round | Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
2 September 2017 - 20:00 (local time)

Georgia 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland

Kazaishvili(34) Full-time Duffy(4)
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REPORT: Duffy goal earns draw away to Georgia

Shane Duffy scored his first senior goal as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Georgia in Tbilisi in a tense Group D encounter.
4th Sep 2017

Sitting joint top of the Group with Serbia, Martin O'Neill's squad went into the game looking to maintain their unbeaten record and that it exactly what they did.

Before the game had a chance to settle into a rhythm, Ireland went ahead through Duffy's powerful header on four minutes inside the opposition's penalty area.

However, it was Georgia who responded better after that as they enjoyed more possession of the ball and pushed their visitors back inside their own half.

The home team drew level on 34 minutes when Valeri Kazaishvili fired in following a good counter-attacking move that saw them break through the Irish lines.

Ireland tried to fight their way back in front and went close through James McClean, Jonathan Walters and Aiden McGeady all going close.

The away team had to settle for a point, which leaves them on 13 points after seven games played and three left to go.

Georgia: Makaridze, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Kakabadze, Navalovsky, Ananidze, Kazaishvili (Khocholava 90), Kvekveskiri, Gviliia, Jigauri (Chanturia 75), Kvilitaia (Merebashvilli 85).

Un-used Substitutes: Kvaskhvadze, Lobzhanidze, Shergelashvili, Daushvili, Chanturia, Arabidze, Aburjania, Dvalishvili, Sikharulidze.

Republic of Ireland: Randolph, Christie, Clark, Duffy, Ward, Whelan (Murphy 79), Arter (McGeady 62), Brady, McClean, Walters, Long.

Un-used Substitutes: Westwood, Elliot, O'Shea, Keogh, O'Dowda, K. Long, Hoolahan, Hourihane, Meyler, Hayes.

Referee: Ivan Kruzliak.