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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Georgia off mark against Gibraltar

GIBRALTAR were defeated 3-0 by GEORGIA in front of an almost empty Estádio Algarve in Portugal.

Nikoloz Gelashvili got the Georgians off to a flier in the ninth minute when he found the net and Tornike Okriashvili doubled the visitors' advantage after 19 minutes. However, the anticipated rout never materialised as minnows Gibraltar only conceding one more goal - to Jaba Kankava in the second half.

Like John O'Shea, Cristiano Ronaldo also scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Portugal a 1-0 win over Denmark and put his team's campaign back on track after a 1-0 loss at home to Albania in Group I.

Denmark had the best chance of the first half when a shot by Denmark striker Michael Krohn-Dehli hit the post, after opportunities had fallen earlier for Nani and Ronaldo at the other end.

The tension remained high in the second half, with Nani and Ronaldo again testing Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel, while Portuguese goalie Rui Patricio saw off attempts by Krohn-Dehli and Nicklas Bendtner. In Helsinki, Romania's Bogdan Stancu struck twice in a 2-0 victory over Finland that moved his country into second place behind Northern Ireland, while Hungary struggled in the Faroe Islands, winning only 1-0 with a goal from Adam Szalai.

Switzerland earned their first points with a 4-0 win at San Marino. Haris Seferovic scored in the 10th and 24th minutes, Galatasaray midfielder Blerim Dzemaili added another on the half-hour mark, and Xherdan Shaqiri completed the scoring in the 79th.

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