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Wales - Georgia
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 9 October 2016
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Wales 1 Georgia 1
Bale hasn’t created enough in this second half as Davies’ shot deflects off Vokes and straight at Loria. Time almost up…
- OffTornike OkriashviliGeorgia
- OnJaba JighauriGeorgia
Into the first of three added minutes.
A great recovery challenge from Davies to block Kazaishvili’s shot. Georgia preparing some late substitutions.
Kakabadze's shot deflected into the arms of Hennessey as the clock ticks towards the 90th minute.
Robson-Kanu turns inside the box but his left-footed shot just lacks the power to beat Hennessey.
Bale lets fly for goal but his free kick ripples the side netting.
- Yellow cardGuram KashiaGeorgia
Bale runs at the Georgia defence and draws the foul of Kashia, who goes into the book.
Wales on the ropes and hanging on at the end of this one. Georgia quicker to the ball and looking hungry for the win. I think Welsh fans would take a draw now.
Now Okriashvili’s shot deflected just wide as Georgia go close again. Nerve jangling stuff.
Wales living very dangerously and Hennessey was certainly beaten. Georgia looking the more likely.
Davies thinks he’s fouled right on the edge of the box but the decision doesn’t go his way. Georgia break and Kazaishvili rattles the bar!
Looks like Coleman would rather risk getting picked off and conceding than not going for the win as Kverkvelia flashes a shot just wide.
Approaching the final ten minutes as Cotterill gets a dangerous cross in that Loria does well to claim under pressure from Bale.
- Yellow cardTornike OkriashviliGeorgia
Okriashvili goes into the book.
- OffLevan MchedlidzeGeorgia
- OnVladimir DvalishviliGeorgia
Bale has his goalbound shot blocked as Wales up the tempo again and force another corner.
- OffJoe LedleyWales
- OnEmyr HuwsWales
Wales sub: Huws on for Ledley.
WHAT A MISS! Mchedidze is one on one with Hennessey but passes it wide of the goal.
Bale complaining to the referee about keeper Loria taking too long with his goal kick and time wasting.
Chris Coleman can’t be accused of not going for the win with the substitutions he’s made. Very brave.
- OffNeil TaylorWales
- OnDavid CotterillWales
Taylor comes off to be replaced by Cotterill.
Now Georgia looking dangerous again as Okriashvili has his shot blocked on the edge of the box.
SAVE! Ananidze goes for goal and it takes an outstretched palm from Hennessey to keep the scores level.
Bale really trying to gee up the crowd now and the atmosphere is pumping again in Cardiff.
Great ball in from Ledley again but just too high for Sam Vokes. Better from Wales as Gunter also goes close.
Bale lets fly on goal and it ripples the top netting with Loria rooted to the spot!
- Yellow cardValerian GviliaGeorgia
Ledley brought down near the edge of the box and Gvilia goes into the book.
Gunter scoops one in, looking immediately for reading teammate Robson-Kanu but Georgia clear.
- OffAndy KingWales
- OnHal Robson-KanuWales
A dipping effort from Bale goes over the bar as King is replaced by Robson-Kanu.
Wales must be very careful now. A draw not a disaster but they don’t want to get caught pressing for another.
It’s actually Georgia looking stronger now as Kazaishvili drags a shot wide.
Practically the first time Georgia have threatened and Wales with it all to do yet again. Complacent.
- GoalTornike OkriashviliGeorgia
GOAL GEORGIA! Oh dear. There’s no offside as Okriashvili heads past Hennessey totally unmarked. Beautifully picked out.
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Georgia quick to get on with it after a foul by Gunter. Okriashvili shoots for goal and it drifts wide. Hennessey probably had it covered.
SHOTS: Wales 7-3 Georgia
Mchedidze collides with Chester and wins a free kick. Given away again and Bale comes clear with it before hurdling the onrushing Kverkvelia.
Bale celebrates scoring the opener.
A foul by Kashia gives Wales another free kick. Georgia haven’t threatened apart from a free kick that clipped the bar.
Now Andy King gives chase and is just unable to keep the ball in play. Wales starting like they want the cushion of an extra goal and they want it quickly.
A decent start from Wales. Bale finds Taylor and his cross is scooped over the bar by Edwards.
No changes for either side at the start of this second half.
- 2nd Half
Back underway here in Cardiff and so far so good. Another 45 minutes like that and Wales will be top of Group D.
- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Wales 1 Georgia 0
- Yellow cardMurtaz DaushviliGeorgia
A poor challenge from Daushvili and he goes into the book.
Vokes looks like he’s being pulled back by Kverkvelia when he’s almost clear but nothing given. The referee has missed one there. Just one added minute here.
A bit of pushing in the box as bale is again close to getting on the end of it. The free kick goes Georgia’s way.
Wales still pressing for a second at the end of this half and what a result that would be, going into the break. King shoots for goal and Loria smuggles it behind untidily for a corner.
Another angle of Bale's fantastic opener.
More great skill from Bale, holding off two defenders before dinking a ball into the box that Loria takes comfortably.
Wales force another corner. In it comes from Ledley again, cleared for a throw.
Mchedidze takes a knock on the head and goes off for some treatment before play resumes. There will probably be a couple of added minutes at the end of this half.
Kverkvelia shoots on goal but it’s straight at Hennessey and fairly comfortable. Georgia slowly coming back into this.
Gareth Bale in action.
Looks like Hennessey just had that one covered but that was a decent effort and shows that Georgia are still very dangerous.
CLOSE! Georgia win a dangerous free kick on the edge of the box as King is penalised for a hand ball. Ananidze takes and it skims the bar!
There have been some decent performances by the Georgian midfield this evening but matched by the three man midfield of Wales.
In comes the corner from Ledley and this time Bale’s header floats harmlessly over the bar.
Lovely touch from Daushvili, showing a bit of the Bales himself. He beats three men before his cross is cleared. Wales break and Bale forces another corner.
POSSESSION: Wales 45%-55% Georgia
Georgia enjoying plenty of the ball but struggling to make inroads into wales’ final third. The pace of the game has dropped off a little bit.
Daushvili looks more like a Georgian rugby player with his skull cap on. But it protects him from a clash of heads as he jumps for the ball.
Almost a quarter of the match gone and Wales will jump to the top of the group if they hold onto this lead.
STAT: Georgia have won three of their last 10 competitive matches, with two of them coming against Gibraltar and the other against Scotland.
Mchedidze caught offside as Georgia search for an equaliser. They haven't threatened yet.
Bale sets his sights on goal and goes low but it’s not hit with enough venom to trouble Loria.
Bale again breezing past players at will and he’s dragged down to win Wales a dangerous free kick.
More fabulous skill from Bale but his cross is cut out with three men waiting in the box.
Gareth Bale has scored 25 goals for Wales, three behind Ian Rush's record mark.
A nerve settler for Wales then, who have fully deserved that goal after a bright opening. Just what the doctor ordered.
- GoalGareth BaleWales
GOAL WALES! And who else but that man Gareth Bale with his 25th for his country, leaping to head home Ledley’s corner. Great start!
Ledley floats in a dangerous ball and now Edwards is close to giving Wales the lead before his header is scrambled clear.
Another really dangerous cross whipped in by King and bale inches away from putting Wales ahead.
No sign of Georgia sitting back and soaking up pressure. Looking to go forward at every opportunity.
Almost a magnificent ball from Davies but just too much on it for Bale.
A positive start for Wales and Loria needs to pluck a cross out of the air from Taylor’s cross.
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF! Referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni blows the whistle to get us underway here. Wales tied on four points with three other teams in Group D. Wales 3-5-2, Georgia 4-3-3.
FIVE MINUTES TO KICK-OFF: The players are in the tunnel and making their way out onto the pitch. A huge game in a tight group coming right up.
TEN MINUTES TO KICK-OFF: Wales have won six of their last 10 competitive matches, losing three and drawing one.
DANGER MAN: Gareth Bale has scored 24 goals for Wales, four behind Ian Rush's record mark.
Georgia have won all three of their previous matches against Wales and have scored eight goals in three games against their oppoents, who have struck only once in those encounters.
Chris Coleman cont: "Nobody wants to give you anything for nothing, we learned that in the last campaign when we drew here with Israel and we were waiting for the result from Cyprus and Belgium scored a late goal. But of course you look at results because of the table and the standings. We all know who's playing next and that's the excitement of it all."
Chris Coleman: "Any success I have had has not happened overnight, the journey has never felt like me sitting in the back of a limousine sipping champagne. It has always been more like riding up a hill on a push bike and the chain has come off. It is those disappointments that bring you through. That is what hardens us to the situation we are in now."
With the team news in, Wales renew acquaintances with Georgia minus midfield pair Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen - the latter suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday's 2-2 draw with Austria and has returned to Stoke for treatment.
Current manager Chris Coleman was in the Wales team when they lost 5-0 to Georgia in 1994.
And here's how Wales will line up today.
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