Lawrence on target for Wales

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Wales claimed an important 1-0 win over Georgia in World Cup qualifying at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi on Friday night.

  • Georgia 0 Wales 1
  • Lawrence nets only goal on 49'
  • Wales move onto 17 points in second place

Match summary

Tom Lawrence netted a stunner of a goal just after the half-time break to settle this tie and hand Wales all three points in their penultimate qualifier.

Full report

It was an open start to this tie as Aaron Ramsey fired wide from 15 yards on just four minutes.

Wales looked to knock the ball around as Georgia threatened from some early corners after getting their full-backs forward well.

Andy King though so nearly opened the scoring for the visitors with a volley that struck the ground before Giorgi Loria got down well to his right to palm the ball away.

There were half chances for both sides before Sam Vokes saw the ball fly wide after getting a foot to a Ramsey ball following Ashley Williams' crossfield ball that was headed on by King.

Lawrence was next to waste a chance for Wales as he fired just over the cross bar on 37 minutes after a Vokes lay-off 20 yards from goal.

Giorgi Kvilitaia got a strong head to an Otar Kakabadze delivery from the right but the ball floated just outside the right-hand post.

And Wayne Hennessey did well to punch clear a lofted ball into his area for the final piece of action of the first half.

But the travelling Welsh didn't have to wait long for the opener with Lawrence netting his first international goal on 49 minutes, after turning well 25 yards out and smashing the ball into the top corner of the net.

Lawrence was wide on 53 minutes before Kakabadze did well to block Vokes from a tight angle after being set up by an Allen backheel.

Solomon Kvirkvelia denied Wales what would have been a superb team goal as he blocked Ben Davies' volley having connected to a King flick after his neat one two with Ramsey.

Hennessey was then forced to save with his feet after some poor defending down the left flank allowed Giorgi Merebashvili to get free inside the box.

With that slight scare, Wales worked hard to control the remainder of the game until the 88th minute when Davies did well to glance clear a dangerous cross before Davit Skhirtladze crossed the ball when he was put clean through for a shot by Valeri Qazaishvili.

Ultimately it was an important win for Wales as they head into their final qualifier in a good position just behind leaders Serbia.