LIVE: Georgia vs Spain

LIVE: Georgia vs Spain

46′ Spain get us back underway for the second half!

Íñigo Martínez

Diego Llorente

Spain

46′ Llorente is also taken off, with Martinez on in his place.

Spain

46′ There’s a double change for Spain at the start of the second half, with Gil making way for Olmo.

Spain dominated possession in the first half, but their play in the final third let them down a lot and they barely troubled Loria, which Enrique will want to see that change in the second half. Georgia looked dangerous every time they broke forward though, with Kvaratskhelia causing the most problems, and Sagnol will be very pleased with his team so far.

Georgia take a 1-0 lead over Spain into the break. It’s been a game of few chances and Spain had the best one early on when Torres curled a shot towards the near post which was saved by Loria. Kashia saw a header pushed away by Simon at the other end and Kvaratskhelia gave them the lead just before half-time when he drilled his low shot across goal and into the far bottom corner.

45′ HALF-TIME: GEORGIA 1-0 SPAIN.

Georgia

43′ As soon as the ball is played into him, Kiteishvili gets his head up and plays an early pass into the space ahead of Kvaratskhelia to set up the goal.

Georgia

43′ GEORGIA LEAD! It’s too easy for the hosts to get in behind as Kiteishvili squares it to Kvaratskhelia in a lot of space on the edge of the box. He takes a touch before hitting his shot across goal and into the far bottom corner. 1-0 Georgia! 

42′ CHANCE! Gil is picked out in space on the edge of the box but he chooses to pick out Alba instead of having a shot. They work it back to Torres in the middle but he leans back as he hits the shot and fires it high over the bar.

40′ It looks like Ruiz has overrun the ball, but he does well to keep it in play and touch it back to Porro, who swings a good cross into the box. Morata meets it in the middle, but his first touch is poor and he gifts it to Kashia.

38′ Spain’s frustration is starting to show after a free-kick is given against Morata for a handball. Enrique isn’t happy with the decisions going against his side and he’s making his feelings clear on the sideline.

36′ Spain’s passing into the final third is letting them down at the moment and making it hard for them to get in behind Georgia. Llorente tries to pick out Porro down the right, but there’s too much on the throughball and it goes straight out of play.

34′ Gil goes to ground in the box after stretching to try and meet Porro’s low cross and he’s asking for a penalty. There was a coming together between him and Dvali, but there was nothing in it and the referee waves play on.

32′ It’s a great ball over the top from Garcia to pick out Porro and none of the Georgia defenders have spotted his run down the right. His first touch lets him down though and Giorbelidze is quickly across to win it back.

30′ Yet again, Spain are keeping the ball well which means Georgia have dropped deep in their own half to close down the space. Ruiz is looking for Morata with his throughball into the box, but it’s collected by Loria.

28′ Lobzhanidze intercepts Busquets’ pass and sets Georgia off on another quick break. He has a lot of support up with him, but he chooses to go for goal himself, cutting inside and drilling a shot on goal from outside the box, but it’s blocked by Llorente.

26′ Spain don’t get their lines clear following a Georgia corner and the hosts are on the attack again. Kiteishvili’s first touch is heavy, but it bounces to Kvaratskhelia, who takes the shot first time, only to see it blocked by Garcia.

24′ Spain switch play out to the right with Torres and he plays a one-two with Ruiz to try and open up some space in behind Giorbelidze. He sets off too early for the return pass though and the flag goes up against him.

22′ Again, Alba and Gil link up well down the left wing and the defender fizzes a dangerous cross into the six-yard box. Dvali misses it as he dives in but he managed to put off Torres and he misses the ball and the chance for a tap-in.

20′ Morata peels off the back of Kashia and Busquets spots the run early so he plays a long ball over the top to try and pick out the run. The defender recovers well though and manages to hook it away from Morata at the near post.

B. Zivzivadze

Yellow Card

Georgia

18′ Spain break quickly after Georgia’s corner and Zivzivadze pulls back Morata to stop them from breaking quickly on the counter.

18′ GOOD SAVE! It’s a great cross in from the corner and Kashia reacts quickest in the middle to flick his header on goal. He sends it into the ground and  Simon gets down quickly to smother his effort.

17′ Georgia are causing Spain real problems every time they break forward and Kvaratskhelia is at the heart of it at the moment. He plays it in towards Zivzivadze in the middle, but Garcia cuts out the cross. 

15′ It’s Kvaratskhelia that steps up to take the free-kick and he swings a cross into the crowd waiting in the middle. None of the Georgia players attack the ball though and Simon comes off his line to punch it away.

Spain

13′ Kvaratskhelia is causing Spain problems again as he breaks down the left this time and Porro is struggling to catch him. He catches him on the back of his heels and is shown a yellow card.

11′ GOOD SAVE! Gil’s first touch takes the ball away from him and he ends up running into Kashia just inside the box. He goes down but it falls kindly for Torres who hits a shot on goal, but it’s pushed away at the near post by Loria.

10′ Spain are still finding a lot of joy down their left side, with Alba making another overlapping run to get into space. He curls a cross into the middle towards Morata, but it’s blocked by Dvali.

8′ Torres does well to weave his way between the two Georgia defenders closing him down on the right and he drives into the box before trying to pick out Morata. Kashia reads it well though and gets back to intercept the cross.

Diego Llorente

Yellow Card

Spain

6′ Georgia have a chance to break quickly with Kvaratskhelia through the middle and he’s away from Llorente. He pulls him back and picks up an early booking.

4′ Georgia have everyone sitting back in their own box and trying to block the space ahead of Spain. Ruiz manages to pick out Torres on the edge of the box and he drills a shot on goal which is deflected out for a corner by Dvali.

2′ Spain are seeing a lot of the ball in the opening minutes here and Alba has already made a couple of good runs down the left side. He drives forward again, getting away from Giorbelidze but then hits his cross against Dvali.

1′ Kiteishvili gets the game underway for Georgia! 

The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.

Spain have won two of their three games against Georgia, both in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. Their only defeat against them was in a friendly match in June 2016.

Luis Enrique makes seven changes to his team after their draw with Greece last time out, with only Simon, Garcia, Torres and Morata retaining their places from that game.

Willy Sagnol makes four changes to the side that lost to Sweden on Thursday, as he brings in Kakabadze, Gvilia, Kiteishvili and Zivzivadze. Chabradze, Aburjania, Kvekveskiri and Kvilitaia drop to the bench.

SPAIN SUBS: Marcos Llorente, Koke, Rodrigo, Dani Olmo, Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Ramos, Inigo Martinez, Sergio Canales, Jose Gaya, David de Gea, Robert Sanchez, Mikel Oyarzabal.

SPAIN STARTING XI (4-1-4-1): Unai Simon; Pedro Porro, Eric Garcia, Diego Llorente, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets; Ferran Torres, Fabian Ruiz, Pedri, Bryan Gil; Alvaro Morata.

GEORGIA SUBS: Lazare Kupatadze, Giorgi Aburjania, Giorgi Mamardashvili, Nika Kvekveskiri, Lasha Paranashvili, Jambul Jigauri, Giorgi Beridze, Grigol Chabradze, Gia Grigalava, Levan Shengelia, Giorgi Kvilitaia, Mamuka Kobakhidze.

GEORGIA STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Giorgi Loria; Guram Giorbelidze, Lasha Dvali, Guram Kashia, Otar Kakabadze; Jaba Kankava, Valeriane Gvilia; Saba Lobzhanidze, Otar Kiteishvili, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia; Budu Zivzivadze.

Spain couldn’t get off to a winning start in the group after Greece came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw in the opening game on Thursday, with Luis Enrique’s side having won just one of their last four in all competitions (D2 L1). Georgia’s qualifying campaign didn’t get off to a good start either as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Sweden, and they come into this match winless in their last six in all competitions (D3 L3).

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the World Cup Qualifier in Group B between Georgia and Spain at the Boris Paichadze Stadium!

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