Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Georgia | 2020 - UEFA European Qualifiers | 2026059

UEFA European ChampionshipQualifying Round | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
26 March 2019 - 19:45 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Georgia

Hourihane(36) Full-time
Republic of Ireland Georgia

Ireland: Hourihane strike seals top spot

Republic of Ireland secured top spot in UEFA European Championships qualifying Group D thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Georgia.
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26th Mar 2019

Conor Hourihane scored the only goal of the game, a sublime free-kick just past the half-hour as Mick McCarthy's side secured six points from the opening two matches. 

In front of 40,317 at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland started the game with plenty of attacking intent, with a number of chances created in the opening stages of the game. 

With just eight minutes on the clock, Jeff Hendrick found space on the edge of the area and he was able to slide the ball into Seamus Coleman, but his cross was over the head of Robbie Brady at the back-post. 

Two minutes later, Ireland should have took the lead. A brilliant Hendrick tackle saw Hourihane latch onto the loose ball and after he carried the ball the edge of the area, he saw his low effort palmed away. 

Ireland continued to pressure the Georgian goal and finally got the goal their play deserved just past the half-hour. Man of the Match David McGoldrick was taken down 25 yards from goal and Hourihane stepped up to curl the ball around the wall and past keeper Giorgi Loria. 

The away side almost went into the break level but just like in the previous game against Gibraltar, Darren Randolph pulled off a crucial save. Two minutes into first-half stoppage time, Valerian Gvila was able to collect a knock-down 10 yards out and somehow, his powerful effort was palmed away by the impressive Randolph. 

Hendrick had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second-half and Enda Stevens could have sealed the points in the 68th minute. Stevens was able to get on the end of his own blocked cross inside the area but he pulled his shot wide. 

Two minutes later, McGoldrick almost got the goal his fantastic play deserved. James McClean's long-ball beat the Georgian defence and the Sheffield United striker ran in behind but after rounding the keeper, he couldn't direct his effort on target. 

Ireland defended stoutly in the final stages as Georgia were reduced to long-range efforts. With one of the long range efforts, Jaba Kankava let one fly from 25 yards and saw his curling effort hit the post and behind for a goal-kick.

It was the closest Georgia were to come to an equaliser as Ireland secured an important three points in their bid to qualify for UEFA EURO 2020. 

Republic of Ireland: Randolph (GK), Enda Stevens, Shane Duffy, Richard Keogh, Seamus Coleman (C), Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady (Aidan O'Brien 73), David McGoldrick (Matt Doherty 81), James McClean. 

Georgia: Giorgi Loria (GK), Otar Kakabadze (Tornike Okriashvili 85), Davit Khocholava (Levan Kharabadze 85), Guram Kashia, Solomon Kverkvelia, Nika Kvekveskiri, Jaba Kankava (C), Otar Kiteishvili, Giorgi Kvilitaia, Vato Arveladze (Valeri Qazaishvili 73), Valerian Gvilia. 

McCarthy focused on securing Georgia victory

Republic of Ireland return to the Aviva Stadium tomorrow night as they face Georgia in a crucial UEFA European Championships Group D qualifier.
25th Mar 2019

Manager Mick McCarthy is set for his first game at the Aviva Stadium as he will look to make it two wins from the opening two games in the group, following the 1-0 win over Gibraltar. 

Ahead of Tuesday's game, McCarthy confirmed that defender Shane Duffy sat out training and will have a scan on his ankle later today at Monday's press conference. 

"We've got to get the crowd behind us by starting strong. The supporters will want to see us be positive and we obviously want to put on a performance," said McCarthy. 

"That's very important for us, we need to start strong and it will be a difficult game for us. We've got to believe in ourselves though. We've got real quality in the squad, I told them that before training and we've got to bring that into the game.

"I'm really excited about managing in Dublin again. I can't wait to stand there and to hear the national anthem again. These are the best supporters you could hope for and I can't wait to manage in front of them again. 

"My job is to get the team qualified and get the victories we need. Of course, we want to put on a performance, everyone wants to see a fast, attacking Irish team but with seven games to go, we need the win and that is our focus."

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Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Coleman (C) 3 Stevens 4 Duffy 5 Keogh 6 Whelan 9 McGoldrick 10 Brady 11 McClean 13 Hendrick 17 Hourihane

Georgia

1 Loria (G) 2 Kakabadze 3 Khocholava 4 Kashia 5 Kverkvelia 6 Kvekveskiri 7 Kankava (C) 9 Kiteishvili 11 Kvilitaia 14 Arveladze 21 Gvilia

Substitutes

  • 12 Roin Kvaskhvadze (G)
  • 23 Giorgi Makaridze (G)
  • 8 Valeri Qazaishvili
  • 10 Tornike Okriashvili
  • 13 Nika Katcharava
  • 15 Lasha Parunashvili
  • 16 Levan Kharabadze
  • 17 Giorgi Merebashvili
  • 18 Vakhtang Tchanturishvili
  • 19 Saba Lobzhanidze
  • 20 Jambul Jigauri
  • 22 Giorgi Navalovski

Officials

  • Referee Serdar Gözübüyük
  • Assistant Referee Charles Schaap
  • Assistant Referee Jan de Vries
  • 4th Referee Dennis Higler
  • Uefa Delegate Vignir Már Thormódsson
  • Referee Observer Matteo Trefoloni
  • Martin O'boyle
  • Patrick A. Daly

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 3" Davit Khocholava (Georgia) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 3" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 5" Otar Kiteishvili (Georgia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 5" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 7" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 7" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 11" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 11" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) blocks a shot.
  • 11" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 12" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 13" Nika Kvekveskiri (Georgia) fouls.
  • 14" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 14" Davit Khocholava (Georgia) blocks a shot.
  • 14" Jaba Kankava (Georgia) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 15" Jaba Kankava (Georgia) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 15" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 15" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 17" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 17" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 18" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 19" Giorgi Kvilitaia (Georgia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland).
  • 19" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 22" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 26" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) takes the corner.
  • 26" Giorgi Kvilitaia (Georgia) has a shot blocked.
  • 26" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 29" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 30" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 30" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 33" Guram Kashia (Georgia) is penalised for a foul on David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 33" Guram Kashia (Georgia) is shown a yellow card.
  • 36" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) scores from a direct free-kick
  • 38" Giorgi Kvilitaia (Georgia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).
  • 39" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 41" Jaba Kankava (Georgia) fouls.
  • 41" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 44" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jaba Kankava (Georgia).
  • 44" Jaba Kankava (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 45" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 45+2" Nika Kvekveskiri (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 45+3" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) has an effort on goal.
  • 45+3" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 45+4" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) delivers the corner.
  • 45+4" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) takes the corner.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 48" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Otar Kakabadze (Georgia).
  • 50" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 50" Otar Kiteishvili (Georgia) fouls.
  • 50" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 51" Otar Kakabadze (Georgia) is penalised for a foul on James McClean (Republic of Ireland).
  • 51" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 51" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Otar Kakabadze (Georgia).
  • 52" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 54" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 55" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 56" Solomon Kverkvelia (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 58" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 58" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 58" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Otar Kakabadze (Georgia).
  • 58" Otar Kakabadze (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 60" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) has a shot blocked.
  • 60" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 60" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 63" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 64" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 65" Levan Kharabadze (in) - Davit Khocholava (out) (Georgia)
  • 66" Jaba Kankava (Georgia) has a shot blocked.
  • 66" Richard Keogh (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 67" Otar Kiteishvili (Georgia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 67" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 67" Valerian Gvilia (Georgia) delivers the corner.
  • 67" Otar Kiteishvili (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 69" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 71" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 73" Valeri Qazaishvili (in) - Vato Arveladze (out) (Georgia)
  • 74" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 74" Aiden O'Brien (in) - Robbie Brady (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 74" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 77" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 77" Nika Kvekveskiri (Georgia) blocks a shot.
  • 77" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 77" Guram Kashia (Georgia) blocks a shot.
  • 79" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jaba Kankava (Georgia).
  • 80" Giorgi Loria (Georgia) takes the free-kick.
  • 81" Matthew Doherty (in) - David McGoldrick (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 84" Jaba Kankava (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 85" Tornike Okriashvili (in) - Otar Kakabadze (out) (Georgia)
  • 89" Jaba Kankava (Georgia) misses the target.
  • 90" Giorgi Kvilitaia (Georgia) fouls.
  • 90+1" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+4" Valeri Qazaishvili (Georgia) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+4" @@player1 (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+4" Valeri Qazaishvili (Georgia) misses the target.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Georgia

Corners Won

6 4

Shots on Target

2 2

Shots off Target

8 7

Fouls Committed

7 11
  • Republic of Ireland

    Georgia

  • 1Goals0
  • 0Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 2Shots on Goal2
  • 8Shots Wide7
  • 3Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 6Save(s)4
  • 13Total Shots13
  • 7Fouls Committed11
  • 6Corner(s)4
  • 3Offside(s)0