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GeorgiaGeorgiaBoris Paichadze Dinamo Arena - TbilisiSaturday 12 November 2016
18.00CET (21.00 local time)
Group D - Matchday 4
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
24/09/1997QR (GS)Moldova - Georgia0-1
ChisinauKetsbaia 10
07/06/1997QR (GS)Georgia - Moldova2-0
BatumiS. Arveladze 27, Kinkladze 51
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/11/1995PR (GS)Moldova - Georgia3-2
ChisinauTestemitanu 5 (P), Miterev 18, 73; Janashia 68, Culibaba 81 (og)
07/09/1994PR (GS)Georgia - Moldova0-1
TbilisiOprea 40
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Squad list Only this chapter

Georgia - Squad list
Current season
-Nukri Revishvili02/03/198729Mordovia - 0000
-Roin Kvaskhvadze31/05/198927Torpedo Kutaisi - 0000
-Giorgi Loria27/01/198630Krylya Sovetov - 3000
-Giorgi Navalovski28/06/198630Veria - 3000
-Ucha Lobzhanidze23/02/198729Dinamo Tbilisi - 1000
-Guram Kashia04/07/198729Vitesse*3000
-Solomon Kverkvelia06/02/199224Rubin - 3000
-Otar Kakabadze27/06/199521Tarragona - 2000
-Jaba Kankava18/03/198630Reims - 0000
-Aleksandre Kobakhidze11/02/198729Vorskla - 1000
-Murtaz Daushvili01/05/198927Diósgyőr*3000
-Jaba Lipartia16/11/198728Zorya - 0000
-Valeri Kazaishvili29/01/199323Legia - 3000
-Tornike Okriashvili12/02/199224Krasnodar*3100
-Jambul Jigauri08/07/199224Dinamo Tbilisi - 2000
-Otar Kiteishvili26/03/199620Dinamo Tbilisi - 0000
-Valerian Gvilia24/05/199422BATE*2000
-Vladimer Dvalishvili20/04/198630Dinamo Tbilisi - 2000
-Giorgi Chanturia11/04/199323Ural - 1000
-Davit Khocholava08/02/199323Chornomorets Odesa - 0000
-Davit Skhirtladze16/03/199323Silkeborg - 2000
-Giorgi Kvilitaia01/10/199323Rapid Wien - 0000
-Giorgi Arabidze04/03/199818Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Vladimír Weiss22/09/196452 - 3000
Moldova - Squad list
Current season
-Ilie Cebanu29/12/198629Mordovia - 2000
-Stanislav Namaşco10/11/198630Levadiakos - 0000
-Alexei Koşelev19/11/199322Sheriff - 0000
-Vitalie Bordian11/08/198432Sheriff - 1000
-Victor Golovatenco28/04/198432Zaria Balti - 1000
-Alexandru Epureanu27/09/198630İstanbul Başakşehir - 2000
-Vadim Bolohan15/08/198630Milsami*2000
-Petru Racu17/07/198729Milsami - 1000
-Cătălin Carp20/10/199323Viitorul - 1000
-Adrian Cașcaval10/06/198729Luch-Energia - 1000
-Ion Jardan10/01/199026Zimbru - 1000
-Veaceslav Posmac07/11/199026Dacia - 1000
-Alexandru Gaţcan27/03/198432Rostov*3000
-Maxim Mihaliov22/08/198630Zaria Balti - 2000
-Alexandru Antoniuc23/05/198927Milsami - 0000
-Vladislav Ivanov07/05/199026Sheriff - 0000
-Gheorghe Andronic25/09/199125Milsami - 2000
-Eugen Zasaviţchi24/11/199223Trakai - 1000
-Igor Bugaev26/06/198432Zaria Balti*3100
-Eugeniu Sidorenco19/03/198927Milsami - 3000
-Radu Gînsari10/12/199124Sheriff - 2000
-Igor Dobrovolski27/08/196749 - 3000

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Head coach Only this chapter

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.



Igor Dobrovolski

Date of birth: 27/08/1967
Nationality: Russian
Playing career: FC Nistru Chisinau, FC Dinamo Moskva, Playas de Castellón FS, Servette FC, Genoa CFC, Olympique de Marseille, Club Atlético de Madrid, SC Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Tiligul Tiraspol
Coaching career: FC Tiligul Tiraspol, FC Academia Chisinau, FC Dacia Chisinau, FC Veris, FC Sakhalin, Moldova (twice)

• Born near the Ukrainian-Moldovan border, Dobrovolski was schooled at an academy in Tiraspol, and made his name as a creative midfielder with Nistru Chisinau, earning a move to Dinamo Moskva in 1986.

• A gold medal winner with the Soviet Union at the 1988 Olympics, he was also in the side that won the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He appeared with the senior side at the FIFA World Cup finals that summer, and also played at the 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Championships. Capped 47 times in total.

• Played in Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, and was at Marseille when they followed up a 1991/92 French title success with triumph in the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League.

• Returned to Moldova in 2005 to become player-coach at Tiligul, leading his side to fourth place in his only season in charge. Hired as Moldova coach Anatol Teslev's assistant, he was in sole command from 2007-09, Moldova earning a best-ever total of 12 points under him in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, and reaching a pinnacle of 37th in the FIFA rankings.

• Led Dacia to Moldovan title in 2010/11 before working with Veris and Sakhalin. Hired as Moldova boss for a second time on 23 December 2015.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeGeorgi Kabakov (BUL)
  • Assistant refereesMartin Margaritov (BUL) , Martin Venev (BUL)
  • Fourth officialNikola Popov (BUL)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerRomano Clavedetscher (SUI)
  • Referee observerTomasz Mikulski (POL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Georgi Kabakov22/02/1986026

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

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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 Ireland3210637
    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)
    Wales 1-1 Georgia
    1-0 Bale 10, 1-1 Okriashvili 57
    Loria, Kakabadze, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Daushvili, Ananidze (93 Katcharava), Kazaishvili, Okriashvili (91 Jigauri), Gvilia, Navalovski, Mchedlidze (75 Dvalishvili)
  • 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)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    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)
    Cebanu, Armaş, A. Epureanu, Ioniţa, Gaţcan, Cebotaru (75 Sidorenco), Dedov (85 Mihaliov), Gînsari (75 Bugaev), Cașcaval, Cojocari, I. Jardan
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Moldova 0-3 Serbia
    0-1 Kostić 19, 0-2 Ivanović 37, 0-3 Tadić 59
    Cebanu, Carp, Racu, A. Epureanu, Cojocari, Gaţcan, Cebotaru (77 Gînsari), Dedov (63 Sidorenco), Bolohan, Andronic (69 Mihaliov), Bugaev
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Moldova 1-3 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Long 2, 1-1 Bugaev 45+1, 1-2 McClean 69, 1-3 McClean 76
    Calancea, Armaş (36 Golovatenco), Cojocari, Gaţcan, Dedov, Bordian, Posmac, Bolohan, Andronic (83 Sidorenco), Bugaev, Zasaviţchi (61 Cebotaru)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Moldova
  • 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
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on