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Scotland grateful for Georgia's bad luck

Published: Saturday 11 October 2014, 19.57CET
Scotland 1-0 Georgia
Akaki Khubutia's unfortunate first-half deflection gave Gordon Strachan's side their first points after a nervy Group D game.
by Alex O'Henley
from Ibrox Stadium

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Match statistics

ScotlandGeorgia

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)58
 
42
Total attempts14
 
6
on target4
 
0
off target8
 
4
blocked2
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
3
Offsides4
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
15

Standings

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Published: Saturday 11 October 2014, 19.57CET

Scotland grateful for Georgia's bad luck

Scotland 1-0 Georgia
Akaki Khubutia's unfortunate first-half deflection gave Gordon Strachan's side their first points after a nervy Group D game.

Scotland, beaten by Germany last month, gain their first points
Defender Akaki Khubutia's own goal settles the Group D contest
Giorgi Loria parries Shaun Maloney's effort in off his team-mate
Substitute Irakli Dzaria goes close for Georgia in the closing stages
Next games: Poland v Scotland, Gibraltar v Georgia (Tuesday)

A first-half Akaki Khubutia own goal gave Scotland their first victory in UEFA EURO 2016 Group D after a nervy encounter with Georgia in Glasgow.

As expected, Scotland took the game to the visitors but had little to show for it in the opening stages apart from a series of corners. However, the pressure eventually paid off for Gordon Strachan's side just before the half-hour following their sixth corner.

The Georgian defence thought they had dealt with the immediate danger, but the ball broke to Shaun Maloney and although Giorgi Loria saved his initial shot the ball broke back off Khubutia and trundled into the net.

Having made the breakthrough, Scotland dominated the rest of the first half with Scott Brown almost doubling the lead with a strike that deflected past the post with Loria beaten. Temuri Ketsbaia introduced Tornike Okriashvili at the interval, and while the change brought Georgia more possession, they could not create any chances, with David Marshall reduced to a spectator role in the Scotland goal.

Steven Naismith passed up an opportunity with 12 minutes remaining after a clever back-heel from Steven Fletcher. Meanwhile, at the other end, substitute Irakli Dzaria went close for Georgia before James Morrison tested Loria again as Scotland held on for a narrow win.

Last updated: 03/06/15 3.15CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013859/postmatch/report/index.html#scotland+edge+georgia

Lineups

Scotland

Scotland

Georgia

Georgia

1
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
1
LoriaGiorgi Loria (GK)
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
2
LobzhanidzeUcha Lobzhanidze
3
RobertsonAndrew Robertson
3
KverkveliaSolomon Kverkvelia
4
R. MartinRussell Martin
5
GrigalavaGia Grigalava
Yellow Card49
5
HanleyGrant Hanley
6
KhubutiaAkaki Khubutia
Goal28
6
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Yellow Card68
7
KankavaJaba Kankava (C)
7
MorrisonJames Morrison
Yellow Card33
8
DaushviliMurtaz Daushvili
Yellow Card53
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
9
GelashviliNikoloz Gelashvili
9
S. FletcherSteven Fletcher
Substitution90
16
KvirkveliaDato Kvirkvelia
Substitution46
10
NaismithSteven Naismith
Substitution80
19
PapavaGiorgi Papava
Substitution70
11
AnyaIkechi Anya
20
KazaishviliValeri Kazaishvili
Substitution80

Substitutes

12
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
12
KvaskhvadzeRoin Kvaskhvadze (GK)
21
GilksMatthew Gilks (GK)
13
MigineishviliOmar Migineishvili (GK)
14
ReynoldsMark Reynolds
4
TsintsadzeMate Tsintsadze
15
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
10
AnanidzeJano Ananidze
16
BannanBarry Bannan
11
ChanturiaGiorgi Chanturia
Substitution80
17
GreerGordon Greer
14
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
18
BurkeChris Burke
15
OkriashviliTornike Okriashvili
Substitution46
19
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
17
EbralidzeAvtandil Ebralidze
20
DorransGraham Dorrans
18
KhmaladzeLevan Khmaladze
22
McArthurJames McArthur
Substitution80
21
DzariaIrakli Dzaria
Substitution70
23
C. MartinChris Martin
Substitution90
22
PapunashviliGiorgi Papunashvili
23
RekhviashviliGiorgi Rekhviashvili

Coach

Gordon Strachan (SCO) Temuri Ketsbaia (CYP)

Referee

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

Assistant referees

Ondřej Pelikán (CZE), Krystof Mencl (CZE)

Fourth official

Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Příhoda (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution