Tadic sparks Serbia comeback
Georgia 1 Serbia 2
Ireland's Group D rivals Serbia stayed on course to reach their first major tournament in eight years after goals from Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mijat Gacinovic gave them a 3-1comeback win over Georgia in their World Cup qualifier last night.
Georgia dominated the first half and missed several chances after Nika Kacharava gave them a sixth-minute lead with his first international goal after a howler by Aleksandar Kolarov.
The Manchester City defender gifted Kacharava a sitter with an awful back pass and the striker beat goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic with a crisp finish.
Valeri Qazaishvili missed a gilt-edged chance for the home side before Tadic equalised with a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Filip Kostic was fouled in the box.
Stojkovic produced a triple save on the hour before Mitrovic fired Serbia ahead against the run of play.
The Newcastle United striker took Tadic's pass in his stride and rifled in a spectacular shot on the turn from 18 metres.
Tadic was again instrumental as his deft touch released substitute and debutant Gacinovic to seal Serbia's win with his first international goal.
Austria won 2-0 against Moldova to reignite their campaign but had to wait until the 75 minute before breaking the deadlock Marko Arnautovic's cross sneaked past goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco with Martin Harnik adding a second in stoppage time.