Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland: Visitors held to frustrating draw
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Republic of Ireland claimed their unbeaten record as they played out a lacklustre goalless draw Georgia qualifying.
Mick McCarthys side struggled to create chances.
Heal Aaron Connolly was refused a dream debut when his low shot late on was saved, until Shane Duffy led straight at the goalkeeper.
The result means Ireland remain top of Group D with 12 points out of six games.
Denmark, however, can proceed over them on goal difference if they overcome Switzerland later on Saturday (17:00 BST)
The one moment in an encounter was the debut of Connolly, the 19-year-old Brighton forwards.
The adolescent has now scored two goals in five games for the Seagulls and his introduction provided creativity and the energy that was absent.
After running to a ball to check that the Georgia goalkeeper having a minimal drive shortly he had another chance after, racing through before placing a shot in the side-netting.
In their group, Ireland possess the worst attack rate from the top 3 teams Together with six goals from six matches and only once if they were able to score more than 1 target in a game. Connolly look at least provided a glimpse of what he can provide a forward line that was mis-firing.
I would not say I was nervous I was excited, it is international debut, the proudest moment you may reach, Connolly said after the game.
I got two opportunities and probably should have put them off. It is a good general functionality and we will take a point.
This will happen to be a case of deja vu for Ireland, who confronted Georgia in situation that are similar in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup two years ago.
They have been on top and unbeaten but floundered to an draw before finally failing to make the finals of this tournament in Russia.
More, Ireland discovered Georgia opponents since the hosts dominated for large periods of this game, but never tested Darren Randolph to overcome.
Republic of Ireland have faced Georgia more times without losing than they have against any other group (W9 D2 L0).
Georgia have won just one of their past 17 qualifying games (D7 L9), defeating Gibraltar 3-0 at June.
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