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GeorgiaGeorgiaBoris Paichadze Dinamo Arena - TbilisiSaturday 2 September 2017
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group D - Matchday 7
Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/10/2016QR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Georgia1-0
DublinColeman 56
2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/09/2015QR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Georgia1-0
DublinWalters 69
07/09/2014QR (GS)Georgia - Republic of Ireland1-2
TbilisiOkriashvili 38; McGeady 24, 90
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/02/2009QR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Georgia2-1
DublinKeane 73 (P), 78; Iashvili 1
06/09/2008QR (GS)Georgia - Republic of Ireland1-2
MainzKenia 90+2; Doyle 13, Whelan 70
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/06/2003PR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Georgia2-0
DublinDoherty 43, Keane 59
29/03/2003PR (GS)Georgia - Republic of Ireland1-2
TbilisiKobiashvili 61; Duff 18, Doherty 85
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Republic of Ireland44003300----8800164

Last updated 05/07/2017 16:15CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Georgia - Squad list
Current season
-Nukri Revishvili02/03/198730Dinamo Tbilisi - 0000
-Roin Kvaskhvadze31/05/198928Torpedo Kutaisi - 0000
-Giorgi Makaridze31/03/199027Moreirense - 1000
-Giorgi Navalovski28/06/198631SKA-Energiya - 6000
-Ucha Lobzhanidze23/02/198730Atyrau - 2000
-Guram Kashia04/07/198730Vitesse*6000
-Solomon Kverkvelia06/02/199225Lokomotiv Moskva - 6000
-Otar Kakabadze27/06/199522Esbjerg*4000
-Lasha Shergelashvili17/01/199225Samtredia - 0000
-Giorgi Merebashvili15/08/198631Wisła Płock - 1100
-Murtaz Daushvili01/05/198928Diósgyőr - 5000
-Jano Ananidze10/10/199224Spartak Moskva - 4100
-Nika Kvekveskiri29/05/199225Tobol - 2000
-Valeri Kazaishvili29/01/199324Legia - 6200
-Jambul Jigauri08/07/199225Vardar - 3000
-Giorgi Aburjania02/01/199522Anorthosis - 0000
-Valerian Gvilia24/05/199423BATE*4000
-Vladimer Dvalishvili20/04/198631Atyrau - 4000
-Giorgi Chanturia11/04/199324Ural - 2000
-Davit Khocholava08/02/199324Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Irakli Sikharulidze18/07/199027Locomotive Tbilisi - 0000
-Giorgi Kvilitaia01/10/199323Rapid Wien - 2000
-Giorgi Arabidze04/03/199819Shakhtar Donetsk*2000
-Vladimír Weiss22/09/196452 - 6000
Republic of Ireland - Squad list
Current season
-Darren Randolph12/05/198730Middlesbrough - 6000
-Keiren Westwood23/10/198432Sheff. Wednesday - 0000
-Rob Elliot30/04/198631Newcastle - 0000
-John O'Shea30/04/198136Sunderland - 3000
-Stephen Ward20/08/198532Burnley*5000
-Richard Keogh11/08/198631Derby - 2000
-Ciaran Clark26/09/198927Newcastle - 4000
-Shane Duffy01/01/199225Brighton*4000
-Kevin Long18/08/199027Burnley - 1000
-Cyrus Christie30/09/199224Middlesbrough*2000
-Glenn Whelan13/01/198433Aston Villa*6000
-Wes Hoolahan20/05/198235Norwich - 3000
-Aiden McGeady04/04/198631Sunderland*3000
-Harry Arter28/12/198927Bournemouth - 2000
-Conor Hourihane02/02/199126Aston Villa - 0000
-Robbie Brady14/01/199225Burnley*4000
-David Meyler29/05/198928Hull*3000
-James McClean22/04/198928West Brom - 6300
-Callum O'Dowda23/04/199522Bristol City - 1000
-Jon Walters20/09/198333Burnley*6100
-Jonny Hayes09/07/198730Celtic - 0000
-Daryl Murphy15/03/198334Nottm Forest - 2100
-Shane Long22/01/198730Southampton - 4100
-Martin O'Neill01/03/195265 - 6000

Last updated 02/09/2017 00:32CET

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.



Martin O'Neill

Date of birth: 1 March 1952
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Lisburn Distillery FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Norwich City FC (twice), Manchester City FC, Notts County FC, Chesterfield FC, Fulham FC
Coaching career:
Grantham Town FC, Shepshed Charterhouse FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, Norwich City FC, Leicester City FC, Celtic FC, Aston Villa FC, Sunderland AFC, Republic of Ireland

• The highlight of Northern Irish international O'Neill's playing career was winning the 1977/78 English title and 1979 and 1980 European Cups under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest (though he did not play in the first of those finals). He also appeared at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

• After injury ended O'Neill's career, he entered management with non-league Grantham, Shepshed and Wycombe, whom he led into the Football League for the first time in 1993 and a further promotion the next year.

• He left Wycombe for Norwich in June 1995 but within six months had gone to Leicester, whom he would guide into the Premier League, winning the 1997 and 2000 League Cups to earn two UEFA Cup campaigns.

• O'Neill was appointed by Celtic in summer 2000 and in five years at the helm landed three league titles and three Scottish Cups, the Scottish League Cup completing a 2000/01 treble. He also led them to the 2003 UEFA Cup final.

• Managed Aston Villa between 2006 and 2010, then Sunderland from 2011 to March 2013. O'Neill was appointed Ireland manager, to be assisted by fellow former Forest player Roy Keane, that November, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 via a play-off win against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Agreed to stay on until the 2018 FIFA World Cup before the finals, where Ireland were eliminated by hosts France in the last 16.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeIvan Kružliak (SVK)
  • Assistant refereesMartin Balko (SVK) , Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
  • Fourth officialMichal Ocenáš (SVK)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerBujar Kasmi (ALB)
  • Referee observerMichel Piraux (BEL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Ivan Kružliak24/03/1984457

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
10/09/2012U21QRItalyRepublic of Ireland2-4Casarano

Last updated 31/08/2017 11:20CET

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 Ireland63308412
    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)
    Georgia 1-1 Moldova
    1-0 Kazaishvili 16, 1-1 Gaţcan 78
    Loria, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Daushvili, Kazaishvili (80 Skhirtladze), Okriashvili, Chanturia, Kvilitaia (64 Kankava), Gvilia (71 Dvalishvili), Kakabadze, Navalovski
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Georgia 1-3 Serbia
    1-0 Katcharava 6, 1-1 Tadić 45 (P) , 1-2 A. Mitrović 64, 1-3 Gačinović 86
    Loria, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Kvekveskiri, Kankava, Kazaishvili (83 Kvilitaia), Ananidze, Katcharava, Gvilia (90 Jigauri), Kakabadze (70 Arabidze), Navalovski
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Moldova 2-2 Georgia
    1-0 Gînsari 15, 2-0 Dedov 36, 2-1 Merebashvili 65, 2-2 Kazaishvili 70
    Makaridze, Lobzhanidze (35 Kvekveskiri), Tabidze, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Daushvili (46 Kazaishvili), Kankava, Dvalishvili (65 Merebashvili), Katcharava, Arabidze, Navalovski
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Georgia-Republic of Ireland
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

Republic of Ireland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Hendrick 3, 1-1 Kostić 62, 2-1 Tadić 69 (P) , 2-2 Murphy 81
    Randolph, Coleman, O'Shea, Keogh, Whelan, Long (91 Clark), Brady, McClean, Hendrick (75 Murphy), Ward (70 Quinn), Walters
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia
    1-0 Coleman 56
    Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Duffy, McCarthy, Long (94 O'Shea), Brady (79 Whelan), McClean, Hendrick, Ward, Walters
  • 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
    Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Whelan, Duffy, McCarthy (80 Meyler), Long (63 O'Dowda), McClean, Hoolahan (86 O'Kane), Ward, Walters
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Austria 0-1 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 McClean 48
    Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Whelan (24 Meyler), Arter, Brady, McClean (85 McGeady), Hendrick, Hoolahan (78 McGoldrick), Duffy, Walters
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Republic of Ireland 0-0 Wales
    Randolph, Coleman (72 Christie), Keogh, O'Shea, McClean, Whelan, Long, Hendrick, Ward, Meyler (79 McGeady), Walters
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Republic of Ireland 1-1 Austria
    0-1 Hinteregger 31, 1-1 Walters 85
    Randolph, Christie, Whelan (77 McGeady), Brady, McClean, Hendrick, Ward (56 Murphy), Long, Walters, Duffy, Arter (71 Hoolahan)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Georgia-Republic of Ireland
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Serbia
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Moldova
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Wales-Republic of Ireland

Last updated 17/08/2017 11:39CET



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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