Republic of Ireland could only muster a 1-1 draw Georgia to remain in second place in Group D of their 2018 World Cup qualifiers at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.
- Georgia 1 Ireland 1
- Duffy opens the scoring
- Qazaishvili levels matters
- Ireland remain in second
- Georgia remain in fifth
In a fixture where the home side dominated possession it was the Green Army who took an early lead through defender Shane Duffy.
However, midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili levelled matters in the 34th minute as the two sides cancelled each other out in Tbilisi.
Martin O’Neill and his side were looking for maximum points in a bid to usurp Serbia at the summit of Group D and got off the perfect start of Newcastle United defender Shane Duffy handed them a fourth minute lead.
The towering defender capitalised on a goalkeeping error by Giorgi Makaridze to prod the ball home and send the visiting supporters into delirium.
A well worked goal by Valeri Qazaishvili ten minutes before the break levelled matters as the home side grew in confidence.
For much of the encounter the Green Army failed to adequately support lone striker Shane Long and Jvarosnebi kept hold of the possession much to the frustration of the travelling side.
In the second-half, James McClean and Aiden McGeady missed chances late on but victory would have flattered a timid display produced by the Irish side, who face Serbia at home on Tuesday.