Euro 2020 qualifying: Georgia v Republic of Ireland

5,9515,951viewing this pageGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive ReportingBy Jonathan JurejkoAll times stated are UK22 minsPost updateGeorgia 0-0 Republic of IrelandAll a bit scrappy at the moment.21 minsPost updateGeorgia 0-0 Republic of IrelandWhile Georgia are having…

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  1. Post update

    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    All a bit scrappy at the moment.

  2. Post update

    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    While Georgia are having more ball in the attacking half, Republic of Ireland are more than holding their own defensively.

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Georgia have looked the more threatening so far. Valeri Qazaishvili turns into Lindsay Vonn as tries to slalom his way through the away defence. But he hits a green stick and the move breaks down.

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    The first real period of possession for the men in green. Whistles are forthcoming from the frustrated home fans. But the Republic are unable in fashion a proper chance.

    Republic of Ireland fans

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    A reminder that if they win both away games this week – today and in Switzerland on Tuesday – then they’re through.

    Steady start for Mick McCarthy’s side here.

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Not a shot on target. Yet.

  7. PENALTY APPEAL

    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Georgia want a penalty when Matt Doherty jostles with an opponent as Shane Duffy nods a cross clear. Italian referee Marco Guida shakes his head in disapproval. Not for me, either.

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Chance! Jano Ananidze drags wide of the Republic post from 15 yards after great hold-up play from Giorgi Kvilitaia.

    If striker Kvilitaia had a bit of pace he’d have been clean through but he hasn’t so instead looked for support.

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    While the Republic will have identified this as a must-win match, they know it won’t be easy against a side which held Denmark here.

    So it is proving. Georgia, like they did against Martin O’Neill’s side two years ago, are bossing the ball.

    Republic of Ireland

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    It might be bright but it is also breezy in Tbilisi. Darren Randolph’s shirt flaps like it is hung out on the washing line.

    The gust isn’t blowing away the away fans’ enthusiasm, however. They will be buoyed by that early chance for Egan and the fact their nation has just qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals…

    Republic of Ireland fans

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Georgia settle down after that scare and try to get on the front foot.

    A ball is swung in from the right but the Irish are back in serious numbers. Conor Hourihane is well placed to head clear.

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Georgia boss Vladimir Weiss, dressed like a high-ranking military man in his navy suit and tie, grimaces. Then sighs. He knows that was a huge let-off..

  13. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Shane Duffy doesn’t get his head on the ball – but centre-half partner John Egan does. And the post saves Georgia!

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Shane Duffy scored an early header from a set-piece here two years ago. The Brighton man wanders up field as Conor Hourihane lines up a free-kick in a dangerous position…

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Writing some of these Georgian surnames is difficult enough. Imagine how the television and radio commentators feel. Nightmare.

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    Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

    Early warning sign for the Republic. Home midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili breaks into the box, slicing wide of the right-hand post.

  17. KICK-OFF

    Georgia v Republic of Ireland (14:00 BST)

    The two sets of players shake hands and then stand side by side for a photo as they promote Uefa’s message of equality across football.

    Georgia to kick us off. And that they do with a huge punt upfield.

    Republic of Ireland fans

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  18. Georgia team news

    Georgia v Republic of Ireland (14:00 GMT)

    Georgia boss Vladimir Weiss makes just one change to the team which started the 0-0 draw against Denmark last month.

    Midfielder Jaba Kankava returns to the side in place of Giorgi Aburjania.

    See the full side in either Georgian or English. You choose.

  19. Collins starts, Connolly on bench – Republic team news

    Georgia v Republic of Ireland (14:00 BST)

    The big question was… who starts up front?

    Republic boss Mick McCarthy decides it will Luton Town striker James Collins, who makes his first international start. Brighton’s Aaron Connolly

    Wolves full-back Matt Doherty returns to the side, replacing suspended Sheffield United man Enda Stevens at left-back.

    Republic or Ireland

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    Georgia v Republic of Ireland (14:00 BST)

    Sky of blue and sea of green! Tbilisi looks glorious. Basked in bright sunshine, almost every Irish is decked out in a single layer of green.

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