Monday 20 November 2017

Serbia overtake Ireland in Group D after navigating tough away trip to Georgia

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BELGRADE, SERBIA - OCTOBER 09: Aleksandar Mitrovic (R) celebrate scoring a goal with the Dusan Tadic (L) of Serbia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Austria at stadium Rajko Mitic on October 9, 2016 in Belgrade, . (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
BELGRADE, SERBIA - OCTOBER 09: Aleksandar Mitrovic (R) celebrate scoring a goal with the Dusan Tadic (L) of Serbia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Austria at stadium Rajko Mitic on October 9, 2016 in Belgrade, . (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Serbia battled back from a goal down to see off Georgia in Tbilisi for what could be a crucial away win in the battle for World Cup qualification.

The victory puts Serbia on top of Group D on 11 points, one ahead of Ireland - although Martin O'Neill's men still have to play Wales tonight at 7.45pm. Georgia had previously held Wales in Cardiff and Irish fans would have been hopeful that they could have done the Boys in Green another favour, having beaten Scotland during the previous campaign to qualify for Euro 2016.

Georgia opened the scoring after six minutes when Nika Katcharava latched onto a loose backpass to fire the home side in front. Georgia were guilty of missing good opportunities to extend their lead before Dusan Tadic fired home a penalty to equalise right on half time.

Tadic then turned provider on 64 minutes as Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia the lead, before Mijat Gacinovic sealed the win late on.

Ireland need to win tonight to regain the top spot in the group.

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