Saturday 24 March 2018

Georgia 'won't make mistakes of past defeats'

Leonardo Bonucci speaks to the media in Florence (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Leonardo Bonucci speaks to the media in Florence (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

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.

With seven losses from seven games against Ireland, Georgia have clearly struggled but tonight's captain Guram Kashia, beaten 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," said the Dutch-based defender, standing in as Jaba Kankava is injured

"But we have learned and we can't afford to make the same mistakes we made in our last seven games."

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 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 talent 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.

Irish Independent

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