Euro 2016 Qualifying (Group stage) Match Preview: Scotland vs. Georgia

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Updated: October 7, 2014
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Match Date: 11 October 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow

(Featured image: Scotland | Source: eveningexpress.co.uk)

 

Georgia and Scotland’s last two meetings resulted in both sides receiving three points apiece. By aggregate scores, however, Georgia were slightly dominant.

 

Scotland

Although their defeat was quite predictable, Scotland provided a very good fight against the reigning World Cup champions Germany. Ikechi Anya dramatically delivered an equalizer to Thomas Muller’s opener, although the latter eventually fired a decisive goal late in the battle. While team boss Gordon Strachan considered their opponents to be “real machines, real physical players,” German player Benedikt Höwedes also admitted that “it was hard work” to beat Scotland.

 

“I thought we would win it at one stage, but in the end we have got no points. The next game is a big game; we’re looking forward to that challenge,” said Strachan.

 

Georgia

“A draw would probably have satisfied both sides, but unfortunately mistakes are not forgiven here. We delivered 99% of what we had planned, but luck turned away from us in the very last instant. We did not deserve to lose,” remarked Temuri Ketsbaia on Georgia’s home loss to the Republic of Ireland at the opening matches of Euro 2016 Group stage qualifications.

 

A lucky opener by Aiden McGeady put Ireland in front early in the battle, but it was soon equalized by an expertly served goal by Tornike Okriashvili in the 38th minute. For the next 52 minutes, the battle was largely on a deadlock, until McGeady fired a last-gasp effort and put the results in favor of the Irish players.

 

Sports betting tip: Scotland will dominate against Georgia.