Monday 24 July 2017

Tadic sparks Serbia comeback

Georgia 1 Serbia 2

Serbia's Dusan Tadic celebrates with his team mate Filip Kostic. Photo: Reuters
Serbia's Dusan Tadic celebrates with his team mate Filip Kostic. Photo: Reuters

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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.

Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov in action against Georgia's Valerian Gvilia. Photo: Reuters
Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov in action against Georgia's Valerian Gvilia. Photo: Reuters

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.

Georgia's Jano Ananidze in action against Serbia's Aleksandar Mitrovic. Photo: Reuters
Georgia's Jano Ananidze in action against Serbia's Aleksandar Mitrovic. Photo: Reuters

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.

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