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World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group D
  • 2nd Half
  • Georgia
  • Wales
  • LawrenceWoodburn
    90'
  • GviliaKhocholava
    89'
  • LedleyEdwards
    81'
  • KvilitaiaSkhirtladze
    76'
  • KvekveskiriJighauri
    76'
  • VokesRobson-Kanu
    74'
  • Lawrence
    56'
  • Lawrence
    49'
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Georgia - Wales
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 7 October 2017

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90+3' 

That's it! Crucial, crucial three points for Wales. Over to the Republic of Ireland now. If they win, it is a winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff on Monday. Tom Lawrence's first goal for Wales was enough to decide this as Gareth Bale's absence is quickly forgotten. Thanks for joining us. Full report and reaction to follow. Goodbye.

90+2' 

Wales hanging on here. Kakabadze is played in down the right, but elects to cross, and the ball fizzes across goal and away from danger.

90'

Final change for Wales, as goalscoring hero Lawrence makes way for Ben Woodburn. Three minutes of added time here...

89'

Another change for the home side, with David Khocholava coming on for Gviliia.

87' 

Desperate defending there as Davies stretches to make the block. Wales have been excellent at the back all night.

85' 

Long ball forward by the captain Kankava, but Wales clear the danger on two occasions and look to release Robson-Kanu... throw in and a chance to run the clock down.

83' 

Getting nervy here. Georgia seeing plenty of the ball still. One mistake could be very, very costly.

81'

Another change for Wales, as David Edwards takes the place of Ledley.

79'

CHANCE! Best opportunity of the night for the hosts, as Merebashvilli finds himself in acres of space on the left, cuts inside, but a combination of Williams and Hennessey make the block.

77'

Free-kick to Georgia from the right flank. Kvekveskiri takes, but it's wasted yet again. Georgia change; Kvekveskiri is off, Jigauri comes on.

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Lawrence a real danger from range.

74'

Change for Wales. It is a like for like swap, with Vokes replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu.

72' 

Lawrence again races forward, lays it back for Davies, but his cross is easily collected by Loria.

70'

SAVE! Ramsey carries the ball forward, curls an effort towards goal, but that is a comfortable save for Loria.

68' 

Wales still looking reasonably comfortable here. Georgia are still seeing all the ball, but very deep.

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Not sure it works like that...

66' 

Great football again from Wales. Ramsey flicks the ball on for Davies, but his effort is blocked.

64' 

Better possession for the home side. They aren't doing a great deal with it, but the threat is still there.

62' 

Wales starting to look a bit nervous now. The gravitas of the occasion is obviously weighing on their minds.

60' 

Kakabadze, who has been Georgia's best player, picks the ball up on the right, sticks a great ball in, but Chester does well to clear it for a corner!

58' 

Champagne football from Wales! It required a goal saving tackle from Otar Kakabadze to keep out Vokes after Allen's neat back-heel.

56' 

The adrenaline is clearly still running through Lawrence. He is everywhere at the moment.

54'

First booking of the night, and it is for that man Lawrence. He is not one of the Wales players facing a suspension.

52'

CLOSE! Great play again from Lawrence, he curls for goal, but it drifts just wide of the post.

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Indeed.

50'

Incredible scenes here! Such a stunning goal, too. Lawrence touched the ball around his marker, lined up the shot, before rifling the ball into the bottom corner. Super, super goal.

49'

GOAL!!!!! Georgia 0-1 Wales. What a strike from Lawrence. And what a time to score your first goal for your country!

47' 

Free-kick to Wales in a good position. Ramsey is over it, but again the delivery is poor. Must do better.

45'

We are back under way. Can Wales muster that extra energy and secure three points?

45+2'

That's you lot for the first half here. Wales have had their chances, and really should be in front. Georgia have pressed, but not really threatened Wayne Hennessey's goal. One goal could win this. Can Wales get it?

45'

Two minutes of added time here...

44' 

Deep, deep cross from Davies, but those in red all went to the near post and it's out of play. I can sense a bit of frustration among Wales players at the minute.

42' 

Wales still pressing well as Davies is penalised for a foul for getting a bit too close.

40' 

Kankava goes in on Lawrence, but his studs are showing despite winning the ball. No yellow. Referee keeping his cards firmly in his pocket so far, which is good news for Wales' six players on bookings.

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Pantomime season already?

38'

CLOSE! Straight down the other end, Giorgi Kvilitaia gets up highest to meet a cross, glances a header towards goal, but sees the ball drift just wide.

36'

CHAAAANCE! Probably the best of the lot for Lawrence, who fires over from the edge of the box after Vokes had expertly laid the ball into his path. Had to at least hit the target from there.

34' 

Valerian Gviliia has a pot-shot from distance, but that is always heading well wide of the target.

32' 

Ramsey shows great determination to win the ball back, but cannot instigate a counter attack.

30'

CHAAAAANCE! Ramsey whips a cross into the near post, Vokes darts across his marker, flicks for goal, but the ball flies just past the far post. Great understanding between the pair.

28' 

Ledley whips a free-kick into the middle, but it is easily cleared. Allen can't keep the move alive and runs the ball out of play.

26' 

Pitch is looking a little loose under foot. Plenty of bits of turf kicking up off the surface.

24' 

Kvekveskiri takes, Vokes clears well inside the area, and Wales eventually recover as Hennessey collects.

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Not quite mastered the team photo...

22' 

Joe Ledley hacks down Merebashvili around 30 yards from goal. No yellow, but definitely a foul.

20' 

Really good tempo to the game. Both sides are not sitting back.

18' 

For all their possession and pressure, the hosts haven't really created anything, while Wales look much more of a threat.

16'

SAVE! Another good chance for Wales as the ball drops kindly for Andy King, but he scuffs his volley into the ground, allowing Loria time to get across to palm the ball away.

14' 

Another Georgia cross causes problems, Ashley Williams only half clears, before Wales do clear their lines.

12' 

Another corner for Georgia. Three in a row now. Further evidence that this will not be easy for Wales.

11' 

Superb defensive header by Davies under pressure. Georgia really starting to up the tempo.

9' 

Lawrence goes flying into the challenge, doesn't get the ball, but escapes a caution.

7' 

Ben Davies lets the ball run out of play as Valeri Kazaishvili tries to get to the byline.

5' 

Really positive start from Wales. They really look up for the fight here.

3'

CHANCE! Penetrating run from Tom Lawrence, he carries the ball forward, threads it through for Aaron Ramsey, who takes a touch before firing just wide. Great opportunity early on.

2' 

Joe Allen whips a cross into the middle, but it is just too high for Sam Vokes and goalkeeper George Loria punches clear. Good start by Wales.

1'

KICK OFF! Farcical scenes here as Wales' anthem is cut short. Nonetheless, our Spanish match official Jesus Manzano gets us under way.

16:57 

So where are we at? Wales, Republic of Ireland and Austria are scrapping over second place in Group D.

Wales are currently second, but they have drawn five qualifiers so far and sit bottom of the second-place table that determines who will make the play-offs. That could change depending on results in the final two games with Ireland up next in Cardiff. Victories in their last two fixtures - at home to Moldova and away at Wales - would see the Republic end up second in the Group D standings - barring an unlikely late collapse by Serbia. As for Austria - five points behind Wales and four behind Ireland - they must win both their games and hope their rivals slip up. Wales' task is simple... WIN! We are minutes away...

16:44 

Coleman is adamant his side can cope without the main man: "It's international football so you have to get on with it," he said. "We're still strong enough to go to other countries and get points."

Gareth Bale speaks to Chris Coleman.
16:34 

Landmark occasion...

16:33 

BAD OMEN? This will be the fifth time the two sides have met. Wales have never beaten Georgia, losing their first three contests before drawing 1-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium in October 2016. Wales have won just one of their last seven games away from home (D3, L3), however they are unbeaten away from home in their last five World Cup Qualifiers (W1, D4).

Wales' Gareth Bale in action against Georgia
16:18 

We have known for a while now, but the team sheet confirms Wales will have to finish the job without their talisman Gareth Bale. Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw has been called up in his place, and starts on the bench, while Ben Woodburn is also on the bench as Sam Vokes starts up front.

Gareth Bale has a calf problem
16:17 

TEAM NEWS - GEORGIA: Loria, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Kankava, Kazaishvili, Kvekveskiri, Kvilitaia, Gvilia, Merebashvili, Kakabadze, Navalovski. /// WALES: Hennessey, Gunter, Davies, A Williams, Chester, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, King, Lawrence, Vokes... Subs: Maxwell, Ward, Ampadu, Lockyer, Taylor, Edwards, J. Williams, Brooks, Woodburn, Hedges, Robson-Kanu, Bradshaw.

16:06 

The teams are in...

16:04 

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Wales' crucial World Cup qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi. Chris Coleman's side currently lead the Republic of Ireland by a point and they could confirm at least a runners-up place if they win this evening and Martin O'Neill's men lose to Moldova. It won't be easy though, as Georgia have already held the Welshmen to a draw in Cardiff. Can they finish the job and go a step further towards booking a first World Cup appearance since 1958? I'm Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live!