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Georgia strike late to see off Croatia

Published: Saturday 26 March 2011, 20.00CET
Georgia 1-0 Croatia
Levan Kobiashvili scored at the death to give Temuri Ketsbaia's side a victory that moves them within a point of their guests in Group F.
by Elvir Islamović
Georgia strike late to see off Croatia
Midfielder Jaba Kankava celebrates Georgia's win ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GeorgiaCroatia

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts6
 
14
Attempts on target1
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
8
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
9
Offsides4
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
18
Fouls suffered18
 
9

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 26 March 2011, 20.00CET

Georgia strike late to see off Croatia

Georgia 1-0 Croatia
Levan Kobiashvili scored at the death to give Temuri Ketsbaia's side a victory that moves them within a point of their guests in Group F.

Levan Kobiashvili struck at the death to give Georgia all three points, with victory leaving Temuri Kestbaia's side just a point adrift of Croatia in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F.

There were 90 minutes on the clock when Otar Martsvaladze slipped the ball back for Hertha BSC Berlin midfielder Kobiashvili to beat Verdan Runje from ten metres in a game which always looked destined to end in stalemate. Victory means that Georgia remain unbeaten in ten games since Ketsbaia took charge in November 2009.

Croatia did not dominate the early exchanges, but created the first meaningful chance on 28 minutes when Mladen Petrić's quickly taken free-kick drew a save from Nukri Revishvili. The FC Anzhi Makhachkala custodian was called on again after the break, fending Niko Kranjčar's header wide. Kobiashvili then missed the target after getting his head to Aleksandr Iashvili's superb cross from the right.

Zurab Khizanishvili nodded over from another Iashvili delivery, and struck slightly too high soon afterwards, with Gogita Gogua's 78th-minute effort from out on the left meeting a similar fate. However, Kobiashvili's finish ensured his team-mates were left with nothing to regret at the final whistle.

Last updated: 26/03/11 23.04CET

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Lineups

Georgia

Georgia

Croatia

Croatia

1
RevishviliNukri Revishvili (GK)
12
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
2
SalukvadzeLasha Salukvadze
2
StrinićIvan Strinić
3
KhubutiaAkaki Khubutia
4
LovrenDejan Lovren
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze (C)
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
5
AmisulashviliAleksandr Amisulashvili
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution61
6
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
7
KankavaJaba Kankava
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
8
DaushviliMurtaz Daushvili
Substitution73
14
KalinićNikola Kalinić
9
IashviliAleksandre Iashvili
Substitution62
16
DujmovićTomislav Dujmović
Yellow Card52
10
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
Goal90
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Yellow Card66
Substitution70
11
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Substitution46
21
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution84

Substitutes

12
LoriaGiorgi Loria (GK)
1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
14
GoguaGogita Gogua
Substitution73
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
15
KashiaGuram Kashia
6
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Substitution84
16
KvirkveliaDavid Kvirkvelia
8
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
17
SiradzeDavit Siradze
Substitution46
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
18
AladashviliKakhaber Aladashvili
20
JelavićNikica Jelavić
Substitution70
19
MartsvaladzeOtar Martsvaladze
Substitution62
Yellow Card71
23
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution61

Coach

Temuri Ketsbaia (GEO) Slaven Bilić (CRO)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Luca Maggiani (ITA), Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Valeri (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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