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WalesWalesCardiff City Stadium - CardiffSunday 9 October 2016
18.00CET (17.00 local time)
Group D - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/06/1995PR (GS)Wales - Georgia0-1
CardiffKinkladze 73
16/11/1994PR (GS)Georgia - Wales5-0
TbilisiKetsbaia 29, 48, Kinkladze 39, Gogrichiani 58, S. Arveladze 65
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Wales - Squad list
Current season
-Wayne Hennessey24/01/198729Crystal Palace - 2000
-Owain Fôn Williams17/03/198729Inverness - 0000
-Adam Davies17/07/199224Barnsley - 0000
-James Collins23/08/198333West Ham - 1000
-Chris Gunter21/07/198927Reading - 2000
-Neil Taylor07/02/198927Swansea - 2000
-James Chester23/01/198927Aston Villa - 2000
-Paul Dummett26/09/199125Newcastle - 0000
-Ashley Williams23/08/198432Everton - 2000
-Ben Davies24/04/199323Tottenham*2000
-David Edwards03/02/198630Wolves - 1000
-Andrew Crofts29/05/198432Charlton - 0000
-Joe Ledley23/01/198729Crystal Palace - 2000
-Shaun MacDonald17/06/198828Wigan - 0000
-Joe Allen14/03/199026Stoke - 2200
-Andy King29/10/198827Leicester - 2000
-Emyr Huws30/09/199323Cardiff - 2000
-Tom Lawrence13/01/199422Ipswich - 0000
-David Cotterill04/12/198728Birmingham - 0000
-Gareth Bale16/07/198927Real Madrid - 2200
-Sam Vokes21/10/198926Burnley - 2100
-Hal Robson-Kanu21/05/198927West Brom - 2000
-Tom Bradshaw27/07/199224Barnsley - 0000
-Chris Coleman10/06/197046 - 2000
Georgia - Squad list
Current season
-Roin Kvaskhvadze31/05/198927Torpedo Kutaisi - 0000
-Giorgi Loria27/01/198630Krylya Sovetov - 2000
-Giorgi Makaridze31/03/199026Moreirense - 0000
-Giorgi Navalovski28/06/198630Veria - 2000
-Guram Kashia04/07/198729Vitesse - 2000
-Solomon Kverkvelia06/02/199224Rubin - 2000
-Otar Kakabadze27/06/199521Tarragona - 1000
-Lasha Dvali14/05/199521Śląsk - 0000
-Zurab Tsiskaridze08/09/198630Teplice - 0000
-Aleksandre Kobakhidze11/02/198729Vorskla - 1000
-Murtaz Daushvili01/05/198927Diósgyőr - 2000
-Jano Ananidze10/10/199223Spartak Moskva - 2100
-Valeri Kazaishvili29/01/199323Legia - 2000
-Lasha Parunashvili14/02/199323Dinamo Tbilisi - 0000
-Tornike Okriashvili12/02/199224Krasnodar - 2000
-Jambul Jigauri08/07/199224Dinamo Tbilisi - 1000
-Giorgi Papunashvili02/09/199521Dinamo Tbilisi - 0000
-Valerian Gvilia24/05/199422BATE - 1000
-Vladimer Dvalishvili20/04/198630Dinamo Tbilisi - 1000
-Levan Mchedlidze24/03/199026Empoli*1000
-Davit Skhirtladze16/03/199323Silkeborg - 2000
-Nika Katcharava13/01/199422Rostov - 1000
-Giorgi Kvilitaia01/10/199323Rapid Wien - 0000
-Vladimír Weiss22/09/196452 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Chris Coleman

Date of birth: 10 June 1970
Nationality: Welsh
Playing career: Manchester City FC, Swansea City AFC, Crystal Palace FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Fulham FC
Coaching career: Fulham FC, Real Sociedad de Fútbol, Coventry City FC, Larissa FC, Wales

• A solid defender, Coleman came through the youth ranks at Manchester City but started his career in earnest with home-town team Swansea, where he won Welsh Cups in 1989 and 1991.

• Picked up the first of 32 caps for Wales while at Crystal Palace, where he occasionally served as a makeshift striker, before joining then reigning English champions Blackburn in 1995 for an injury-ravaged two-year stay.

• A broken leg sustained in a car crash in 2001 when Coleman was playing for Fulham effectively ended his playing days, but he was brought on to the club's coaching staff, taking the top job after a successful stint as caretaker in 2003.

• After leaving Fulham in 2007, Coleman headed abroad to manage first Real Sociedad and then Larissa either side of a spell at Coventry.

• Hired as Wales manager in January 2012 following the death of former team-mate Gary Speed, Coleman signed a two-year extension in November 2013, and was rewarded by guiding the side to UEFA EURO 2016 – their first major tournament since 1958. Even better was to come in France, as Wales upset the odds by reaching the semi-finals, their best-ever performance in a major finals.



Vladimír Weiss

Date of birth: 22 September 1964
Nationality: Slovakian
Playing career: VTJ Agro Hurbanovo, AŠK Inter Bratislava, AC Sparta Praha, FK Drnovice, DAC Dunajská Streda, 1. FC Košice, FC Artmedia
Coaching career: FC Artmedia (twice), FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast, Slovakia, ŠK Slovan Bratislava, FC Kairat Almaty, Georgia

• Bratislava-born, Weiss spent six and a half years developing his talent as a defensive midfielder with local club Inter. First capped for Czechoslovakia in 1988 and won three of his 19 caps at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

• Had brief spell at Sparta Praha, winning final Czechoslovakian championship in 1993. Won a further dozen caps for Slovakia, scoring his country's first post-independence goal, against United Arab Emirates in February 1994. Ended playing career with Artmedia, serving as an assistant coach until 2000 when he took the top job.

• Led Artmedia to Slovakian Cup in 2005 and league title a year later before knocking out Celtic FC and FK Partizan to reach UEFA Champions League group stage, where team registered famous 3-2 win at FC Porto. Left for Russian club Saturn in early 2006 but returned to Artmedia 18 months later and masterminded domestic double.

• Appointed national team coach in June 2008 in place of Ján Kocian and steered Slovakia to first appearance at a FIFA World Cup finals as qualifying group winners, including historic 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic. Better followed in South Africa, Slovakia reaching the last 16 by eliminating holders Italy and only losing to the Netherlands.

• Coached Slovakia in tandem with Slovan Bratislava in 2011/12 and led his hometown club into their first UEFA Europa League group stage. Nearly did the same with Kairat only losing against Bordeaux on away goals in play-offs. Left Almaty in November 2015 having won Kazakhstan Cups in successive seasons. Hired by Georgia in March 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereePaolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesRiccardo Di Fiore (ITA) , Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
  • Fourth officialDaniele Orsato (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerCamelia Nicolae (ROU)
  • Referee observerJohn Ferry (NIR)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Paolo Mazzoleni12/06/1974119

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group D - Group Standings
    Republic of Ireland2110324
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Wales 4-0 Moldova
    1-0 Vokes 38, 2-0 Allen 44, 3-0 Bale 51, 4-0 Bale 90+5 (P)
    Hennessey, Gunter, N. Taylor, Davies, Chester, A. Williams (82 Collins), Allen, King, Bale, Ledley (67 Huws), Vokes (75 Robson-Kanu)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Austria 2-2 Wales
    0-1 Allen 22, 1-1 Arnautović 28, 1-2 Wimmer 45+1 (og) , 2-2 Arnautović 48
    Hennessey, Gunter, N. Taylor (91 Huws), Davies, Chester, A. Williams, Allen (56 Edwards), King, Bale, Ledley, Vokes (77 Robson-Kanu)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Wales
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Wales-Republic of Ireland


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Georgia 1-2 Austria
    0-1 Hinteregger 16, 0-2 Janko 42, 1-2 Ananidze 78
    Loria, Lobzhanidze (84 Chanturia), Kverkvelia, Kashia, Amisulashvili (76 Okriashvili), Daushvili, Ananidze, Kazaishvili, Dvalishvili (63 Skhirtladze), Jigauri, Navalovski
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia
    1-0 Coleman 56
    Loria, Kakabadze, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Daushvili (93 Katcharava), Ananidze (73 Skhirtladze), Kazaishvili, Okriashvili, Gvilia, Navalovski (89 Kobakhidze), Mchedlidze
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Georgia-Republic of Ireland
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
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