Friday 28 October 2016

Georgia captain eyeing Aviva Stadium revenge mission following Ireland victories during Euros campaign

Published 05/10/2016 | 20:01

Guram Kashia, Georgia, in action against Jeff Hendrick, Republic of Ireland
Guram Kashia, Georgia, in action against Jeff Hendrick, Republic of Ireland

Georgia hope to right the wrongs of the past and get a positive result against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin tomorrow for the first time.

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With seven losses from seven games against Ireland, Georgia have clearly struggled but captain Guram Kashia, who lost on each of the three occasions in which he played against the Irish, feels that lessons will be learned from previous losses ahead of the World Cup tie in Dublin.

"We have information from the past games against Ireland, we know you are very good from set pieces, we know that we need to win the challenges. But we have learned and we can't afford to make the same mistakes as we made in our last seven games," said the Dutch-based defender, standing in as Geoegia's captain in Dublin as team captain Jaba kankava is injured.

Georgia have never qualified for a major finals and began this qualifying campaign with a loss, at home to Austria, but Vitesse Arnhem man Kashia feels his side - ranked 137th in the world - can make a stab at qualifying for Russia, as there is no major power like Germany or Italy in the group,

"This is our best chance for qualification, we understand that we don't have a top team in the group, every opponent in this group take points off teams. We are Georgia, we're not used to going to big tournaments but I feel we have the latent in the group to have a good result," he added.

Georgia suffered a blow as their most experienced player, defender Ucha Lobjanidze, pulled up in training yesterday and is out of the tie.

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