Monday 20 November 2017

Georgia eye another shock after Spain win

Davit Skhirtladze
Davit Skhirtladze

If we can beat Spain, we can beat the Irish: that's the defiant message from Georgia as they take on Ireland in Dublin tonight.

Georgia, ranked 137th in the world, had a losing start to their World Cup campaign, 2-1 at home to Austria, but their previous result was most impressive as they beat Spain 1-0 in Madrid in a friendly before Euro 2016, only the second home defeat in 10 years for the Spanish.

"We have that to our credit, beating Spain, it was crazy to get that kind of result away from home just before they went to the Euros," Georgia forward Davit Skhirtladze told The Herald.

"We took confidence from that, if we win away to Spain we can get a result against any kind of team, but we want to that that form into the qualifiers and not just win in friendly games. If you can beat Spain you can beat anyone.

"We do not have a good record against Ireland, losing seven times but I feel that can change, it's time to change that.. We have come to Dublin to get a result, we have spoken as a team about our ambitions."

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