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Key Events

90' + 4'
J. O'Shea
S. Long
90' + 3'
N. Katcharava
M. Daushvili
89'
A. Kobakhidze
G. Navalovski
87'
L. Mchedlidze
Yellow Card
83'
J. Hendrick
Yellow Card
81'
G. Whelan
R. Brady
74'
D. Skhirtladze
J. Ananidze
56'
S. Coleman
Goal
2
1
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
5
5
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 2
Total Passes 365 493

Commentary

Well, that’s all from me for now. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!
A crucial victory for Ireland, then, but it has certainly come at a cost - with Robbie Brady having picked up a nasty head injury, while Jeff Hendrick will miss their upcoming fixture against Moldova through suspension. There was also a worry late on for Shane Long.
It was far from a distinguished display from the hosts, who have rather laboured to the win at the Aviva Stadium, and they now move on to the clash with Moldova on Sunday.
FULL-TIME! It’s all over in Dublin, with Ireland having claimed a significant 1-0 victory over Georgia thanks to Seamus Coleman’s maiden goal for his country.
90' + 6' Some desperate defending from Ireland, who find themselves on the back foot in the closing moments in Dublin...
J. O'Shea
S. Long
Republic of Ireland
90' + 4' Another concern now for Ireland, with Long hobbling to the touchline with an apparent heel issue, and there are no chances been taken with the Southampton forward. O'Shea is his replacement.
N. Katcharava
M. Daushvili
Georgia
90' + 3' Three minutes into seven added on, and it is a final change for Georgia - Daushvili making way for Katcharava.
90' + 2' CROSSBAR! So close to a second for the hosts, as McClean heads against the woodwork from close range after latching onto Walters’ cross.
A. Kobakhidze
G. Navalovski
Georgia
89' We’re heading into the final minute of regular play in Dublin, and Georgia have just made their second substitution, taking off Navalovski, and bringing on Kobakhidze.
L. Mchedlidze
Yellow Card
Georgia
87' A booking now for Mchedlidze, who picks up a yellow after petulantly barging into the back of Clark.
J. Hendrick
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
83' A first booking of the game now, as Hendrick picks up a silly booking for a late lunge on Navalovski. That card rules the midfielder out of Ireland’s next game, against Moldova.
82' Just under 10 minutes remaining now in this match, though given the numerous injuries in this half, there is likely to be a large amount of stoppage time.
G. Whelan
R. Brady
Republic of Ireland
81' Brady is replaced by Whelan, who is likely to sit deep in midfield, with McCarthy moving further forward.
80' Brady is going to have to be taken off on a stretcher now, having received extensive attention from the medical team. He is receiving oxygen as he leaves the field, though hopefully that is merely a precautionary measure.
78' Brady now appears to be out cold following a collision with Kverkvelia, who himself has picked up a bang to his head. The Georgia man does appear to be okay to carry on, but it does not appear that any gamble will be taken with Brady, who has at least now regained consciousness.
76' This is better from Ireland as the hosts pile on the pressure. Coleman does well to tee up Long, who whips in a cross that Walters glances into the path of Hendrick. The Burnley man proceeds to loft the ball back into the box, Long nodding the ball back into the danger area, but Brady’s effort flashes wide.
D. Skhirtladze
J. Ananidze
Georgia
74' A first change of the game now, as Ananidze makes way. His replacement is Skhirtladze.
72' While they took their time in getting on the score-sheet this evening, Ireland have been extremely effective in front of goal in recent matches, having scored in the opening 10 minutes of each of their previous three internationals.
70' Despite their lead, you feel that the hosts will require one more goal to secure the points this evening...
68' Patient, possession-based play from Georgia, as they work a move from side-to-side before putting the ball into the area, but good defending from Coleman ensures that Kazaishvili does not get on the end of it.
66' ALMOST! McClean does well to find space on the edge of the area, proceeding to hammer a strike goalwards. Loria is well-placed to cope with it, but cannot hold onto the ball at the first attempt, just recovering in time to prevent Ireland doubling their tally.
64' Elsewhere in Group D, Dusan Tadic has extended Serbia’s lead over Moldova to 3-0, while Marco Arnautovic has once again pulled Austria level against Wales in Vienna.
61' That goal has breathed new life into Ireland, but O’Neill’s men have to ensure they don’t let their lead slip, with Georgia still looking dangerous going forward.
59' DISALLOWED! Almost a second for Ireland, as Walters curls in a wonderful delivery. McClean is on the end of it, powering a header into the back of the net, but the former Sunderland man had just strayed offside.
57' CHANCE! Ireland need to press home their advantage now, and they are trying to do just that. This time they attack down the left, McClean picking out Long with a fine cross, but the hosts’ No.9 cannot connect with his header firmly.
S. Coleman
Goal
Republic of Ireland
56' GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! COLEMAN PUTS IREALND AHEAD! What a timely strike from Ireland’s skipper, who creates this all by himself! The Everton defender drives down the right-wing, powering into the area and, after getting a slice of luck with a few fortunate rebounds, the full-back smuggles home his first-ever international goal.
55' Another stoppage now, this time for an injury to Georgia’s Kazaishvili. The game is yet to get into any rhythm, and at the moment the crowd are finding entertainment in the form of a pitch invader, who is quickly dragged off the field of play by the stewards.
53' Ireland are back to their full complement now, with McCarthy having returned to the fold. 
52' A worry for Ireland as McCarthy - having just returned from a long-term groin injury - stays down after a collision in the centre of the pitch, clutching his elbow. However, after a few minutes of treatment, the Everton midfielder is able to return to his feet, though he has picked up a nasty gash on his forearm.
50' STAT - Georgia have won just one of their last eight internationals, though this was against Spain in June (D2 L5).
48' Brady’s delivery is a good one, but Georgia’s defence manage to clear their lines. However, the former Manchester United winger quickly wins the ball back, threading a pass into the path of Walters, but his cross is gathered in by Loria.
47' An opportunity now for Ireland, who have at least started this half with more vigour than they showed prior to the interval, as Brady wins a free-kick 30 yards out. The Norwich winger stands over it...
46' Welcome back! Ireland, who are unchanged, have got the second-half underway in Dublin.
Elsewhere in Group D, it is Austria 1-2 Wales, with Stoke duo Joe Allen and Marco Arnautovic having netted for their respective nations before Kevin Wimmer's own-goal put Chris Coleman's side ahead, while Serbia are 2-0 up in Moldova.
Ireland really need to step up a level at the Arriva if they are to get anything from this game, it would seem. Georgia have come to frustrate their hosts, but the visitors have looked dangerous, and can consider themselves unlucky not to be ahead having hit the woodwork twice.
HALF-TIME! Exceptionally poor from Ireland so far, who have in all truth been second-best against Georgia, who have gone close to opening the scoring on several occasions. Lots of work to do for O’Neill’s side!
44' Superb defending from Coleman, who does just enough to prevent Kazaishvili - who had looked to have got the better of Ireland’s skipper - having a clear run on goal. Moments later, Okriashvili goes close again, testing Randolph with a stinging drive.
42' They nearly do just that, as McClean delivers an inviting cross from the left, but Loria is once again equal to it.
41' It is too static from Ireland, with no movement from the home side in the attacking third. O’Neill must be looking to change things at half-time unless, that is, his men can create an opening before the interval...
39' CLOSE! That’s a real wake-up call for Ireland, who have now got back on the front foot - Walters thumping over from close-range after trying an audacious over-head attempt.
37' HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN!? That’s so unlucky for Georgia! Great play from the visitors, as Okriashvili whips in a great cross. Mchedlidze meets it with a powerful header that rattles down off the crossbar, Kashia following it up with a headed effort of his own that strikes the left-hand upright before Ireland manage to scrape it clear.
35' Ten minutes to go until half-time in Dublin and, it has to be said, it has been a very poor display from Ireland so far. Georgia have had the best chance, but neither side have done anywhere near enough to deserve a goal as of yet.
33' Ireland have just started to up the tempo somewhat now, but lack the quality in the final third to craft open an opportunity against the visitors’ stubborn defence.
31' Ireland do have the ball in the back of the net, but the goal has swiftly been ruled out. Loria comes out to collect a cross from Brady, but drops the ball under pressure from Duffy. McClean is on hand to tap home the loose ball, but the strike is correctly disallowed.
30' More frustration for Ireland as, after a relatively well-worked move down the right, Walters is flagged offside, and the attack comes to a stuttering halt.
27' News from elsewhere in Group D, with Serbia having taken the lead in Moldova, and Joe Allen having put Wales ahead against Austria.
25' The worry for O’Neill is a lack of depth in this Ireland squad, with Wes Hoolahan the only player on the bench that could be deemed a game changer. The hosts need the 11 players that are out on the pitch to turn on the style.
23' It is all too pedestrian from Ireland at the moment, who have allowed Georgia to set the pace of this game. They need to liven the home crowd up.
21' Wasteful from Long. Ireland eventually manage to break, McClean lofting a neat ball into the path of the Southampton striker, who burst down the left before looking to pick out Walters, but his cross is a poor one.
19' Ireland really need to step up the intensity in Dublin now, with Georgia having taken any of the tempo out of proceedings.
17' CHANCE! That is certainly a sight of goal! Patient play from Georgia, as they get down the right and eventually play the ball into the area. Kazaishvili twists and turns before hammering an effort towards the target but, fortunately for the hosts, the effort inches wide.
16' STAT - Three of the last five meetings between these two sides have ended 2-1 to Ireland. However, there have been no signs of a goal so far.
14' CLOSE! Finally, Ireland manage to forge a meaningful attack - Coleman floating a dangerous cross to the back post, with McClean heading the ball back into the six-yard box. Long and Hendrick are well-placed to get on the end of it, but Loria just manages to get their first.
11' It is just a bit too slow from Ireland at the moment, with Georgia able to get back in numbers and prevent any green shirts getting between their lines.
9' Ireland’s 4-3-3 system served them well at Euro 2016, but against sides that sit deep, you do feel that the boys in green lack some creativity in central areas, though Brady and Hendrick certainly have the ability to provide extra support for Long.
7' STAT - Georgia have scored just once in four previous visits to the Republic of Ireland, through a first minute goal from Alexander Iashvili in February 2009.
5' Appeals for a penalty now, as Long goes down after Kverkvelia had dived in on him. Play continues, though, with McClean looking to pick up the scraps, but Georgia’s defence manages to clear the danger.
4' Good defending from Kverkvelia, who denies McClean a free run into the area after the West Brom winger had latched onto McCarthy’s floated pass.
3' It will be interesting to see just how Ireland go about their business this evening. Georgia are naturally packing the midfield, and leaving little room in behind for the hosts to exploit. It is indeed more of a 4-3-3 for O’Neill’s side, with Brady sitting alongside McCarthy and Hendrick.
1' KICK-OFF! Georgia have got proceedings up and running in Dublin. The referee this evening is Frenchman Tony Chapron.
The teams are out now at the Aviva. Time for the national anthems...
Georgia have faced Ireland on seven occasions in the past, and have lost every encounter. However, they will present a tough opposition for Ireland, who must win this evening if they are to avoid a slip-up in Group D. With top two sides Wales and Austria facing off, the three points this evening will be crucial.
TEAM NEWS - Georgia substitutes: Jigauri, Dvalishvili, Tsiskaridze, Dvali, Kacharava, Kvilitaia, Makaridze, Skhirtladze, Papunashvili, Kvaskhvadze, Parunashvili, Kobakhidze.
TEAM NEWS - Georgia (4-2-3-1): Loria; Kakabadze, Kverkvelia, Kashia, Navalovski; Gvilia, Daushvili; Okriashvili, Kazaishvili, Ananidze; Mchedlidze.
It appears as though O’Neill has decided to go with a 4-2-3-1 system this evening, though that could well change to a more traditional 4-3-3 should either James McClean or Robbie Brady, now donning the famous No.10 jersey recently vacated by Robbie Keane, drop into the midfield.
Three changes then in total for the hosts from their last outing. At the back, Shane Duffy - somewhat bizarrely wearing the No.7 shirt - replaces veteran John O’Shea, while Richard Keogh has also dropped out, with Ciaran Clark coming in. Ahead of them, James McCarthy, who has not featured for club side Everton since August after picking up a groin injury, starts at the expense of Glenn Whelan.
TEAM NEWS - Ireland substitutes: Lawlor, O’Shea,  Keogh, Whelan, O’Kane, Hoolahan, Christie, Rogers, Meyler, McShane, Hayes, Pearce.
TEAM NEWS - Ireland (4-2-3-1): Randolph; Coleman, Duffy, Clark, Ward; McCarthy, Hendrick; McClean, Walters, Brady; Long.
The team news is in now from the Aviva Stadium. Let’s check on the full line-ups…
Georgia, on the other hand, slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Group D favourites Austria. These two sides last met back in September 2015, during the qualifying stages for the European Championship - Jonathan Walters’ goal doing the damage in Dublin on that occasion, handing Ireland a 1-0 victory.
Martin O’Neill’s side got their qualification campaign off to a respectable start last time out, drawing 2-2 with Serbia thanks to Daryl Murphy’s late effort.
Hello, football fans, and welcome to this LIVE coverage of the World Cup qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Georgia. Stick right here for all the action as it happens from the Aviva Stadium!
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