Draw leaves Georgia with massive task
Georgia 1 Moldova 1
Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30
Georgia and Moldova played out a 1-1 draw in Tbilisi last night, ensuring the Group D outsiders would not make a move to threaten the fancied sides battling for top spot.
As Ireland were securing a deserved win against Austria in Vienna, Valeri Qazaishvili gave Georgia a first half lead in a game they would have been expecting to win.
Yet a 78th minute equaliser from Moldova's Alexandru Gatcan gave the his team a valuable point.
While Georgia dominated possession in a tightly contested game, Moldova created some big chances and they may feel they were worthy of a point that was their first of the World Cup qualifying push.
It leaves Georgia a massive eight points behind the Group D pacesetters, with the side that took a point from Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales last month failing to build on that battling performance.
The Georgians could still have a key role to play in the outcome of a group that is likely to have a few twists and turns before the automatic qualifying spot is settled, with Ireland set to travel to Tbilisi in a tricky away game next September.
Georgia will play Serbia in their next qualifier in March, with Moldova set to take on Austria in Vienna.
Sunday Indo Sport