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Saturday 3 December 2016

Scots need tricky win in Georgia to snuff out Irish

Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy in action with Scotland's Alan Hutton
Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy in action with Scotland's Alan Hutton

IRELAND and Scotland both have Georgia on their minds as their September battles with the Black Sea state could decide the outcome of the battle for a Euro 2016 play-off place.

With Germany and Poland now likely to win the automatic qualification spots, Gordon Strachan and Martin O'Neill are effectively fighting for third place and the play-offs - and Georgia will have a big say in the outcome of that battle.

Next up for Scotland is a tricky game in Georgia on September 4th, while three days later the Georgians play Ireland in Dublin.

Apart from a 2-0 win in 2003, Ireland have had to work very hard to get wins against Georgia in qualifiers.

Poland beat Georgia 4-0 on Saturday but the Georgians came very close to causing an upset, Poland scoring three of their four goals from the 89th minute on.

"We dominated the game at times and if we had scored instead of hitting the post in the 87th minute the outcome would have been different," said Georgia coach Kakha Tskhadadze.

Poland star Arkadiusz Milik, who scored the first goal 62 minutes into the game said: "We made our fans nervous, Georgia made us work hard and they could create problems for other teams in the group".

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