Match between Georgia and Ireland ends in a draw

The Republic of Ireland lost ground on World Cup qualifying rivals Serbia after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Georgia in Tbilisi.

However, not only did they not build upon it, but turned in so abject a first-half display that Valeri Kazaishvili's 34th-minute equaliser was the least the Georgians deserved on a night when they played by far the better technical football. Some of the more intriguing players on The Green Army include Robbie Brady, James McClean, James McCarthy and Shane Long but the absence of Seamus Coleman due to injury is a big blow to the team.

Having taken an early lead thanks to Shane Duffy, Martin O'Neill's men struggled to get a foothold as Georgia dominated, with 68 per cent possession. It looked like the ideal beginning for a comfortable away win, a base for Ireland to push on and take the game to the hosts.

The visitors broke the deadlock after just four minutes at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena through Shane Duffy.

"It was a different environment and one that I've got to try get to grips with better than I did tonight", he added.

"Saying that I believe we're better, but tonight we didn't show that - all over the pitch they were better, passed the ball better. We have been in situations before where we have had to bounce back, so hopefully we can all recover quickly, get the bodies right and put in a much better performance on Tuesday".

"Even if we'd won here, they still would have been top of the group with goal difference and it would have been as critical a game if we'd had won here".

More news: Led strike in Syria blocks IS fighters evacuated from Lebanon

A free-kick ended up with Aiden McGeady ten yards out, but the Sunderland winger got his feet under the ball and blazed it over in the third minute of injury time.

O'Neill went on the defensive in an interview with RTE Sport, and attempted to take the pressure off his players ahead of Tuesday's game by describing Serbia as "technically better" than Ireland.

"We want to have the ball and that's how we're going to win games, ultimately".

Aleksandar Kolarov then made it two for Serbia 10 minutes later, arriving at the back post to slot home, before Aleksandar Mitrovic rounded off the scoring by converting Filip Kostic's delivery nine minutes from the end.

There was still 41 minutes left to play in the first half and if you were to look at the highlights reel from the opening half, it would have possibly appeared a decent performance from Ireland based on chances in the opposition half.

The Crusaders have an interesting squad with players who play all across Europe and even one MLS Player, Valeri Qazaishvili of the San Jose Earthquakes.

"They're a lot better than what people think when you look at their results through the group". Martin O'Neill said post match that his side will have to put "their heart and soul" into Tuesday's crunch tie.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)

USA successfully tests missile interception in Hawaii
North Korea's most recent missile test on Tuesday prompted the Japanese government to tell residents to take cover. In June, the John Paul Jones failed to shoot down its target missile in a similar test off Hawaii.

Kardashians Donate $500000 to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey
The family seems to have been inspired by actor Kevin Hart , who called on celebrities to contribute to his relief fund . The Kardashian family is just one of many famous celebrities that have made sizable contributions thus far.

Germany to help fund job training, improve refugee facilities in Egypt
Merkel launched an uncharacteristically blunt attack on the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party, or AfD . She also raised the prospect of agreeing legal contingents of African migrants who want to study or work in Europe.

Taylor Swift tops Adele with new YouTube record
The long-anticipated single came following a social media blackout and a series of cryptic videos of a snake. The British actor was photographed wearing a similar vest a year ago when the couple were going out.

British PM says China should increase pressure on North Korea
The Government says the United Kingdom is seeking to "cement its position as Japan's strongest security partner in Europe". We have also requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

Ahead of the Bell: Economy-GDP
That was the fastest in almost two years and was an upward revision to the 8.2 percent pace reported last month. With GDP quickening in the second quarter, the economy grew 2.1 percent in the first half of 2017.

Will corporate tax cuts help the middle class?
Claire McCaskill (D-MO) out of office if she refused to support slashing the corporate tax rate. The White House in April released the broad strokes of Trump's proposal to reform the tax code.

Former Expedia CEO takes helm of Uber on Wednesday
Uber is all set for a revamp with Dara Khosrowshahi , the former CEO of Expedia Inc joining as the company's new chief executive. Whitman recently stepped off the board of directors of HP Inc which fuelled rumours that she might make the move to Uber.

ACLU files lawsuit challenging Trump's transgender military ban
It argues that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, as well as due process and free speech. Between 4,000 and 10,000 U.S. active-duty and reserve service members are believed to be transgender.

Defense Secretary Mattis did not 'freeze' Trump's trans military ban
That current policy was implemented by former President Barack Obama a year ago . That ban will go into effect in about 7 months, on March 23.

Cancer-killing drug approved, but will you be able to afford it?
However, ultimately, the cell therapy could go a long way in saving hundreds of young people's lives each year. This allows the cells to replicate quickly and zero in on cancer cells, fighting the disease for years.

Why Kenya's Supreme Court threw out Kenyatta's presidential victory
Three of Kenya's presidents since independence from Britain in 1963 have been Kikuyu and one has been from the Kalenjin tribe. While in Austria, court overturned presidential election in the country after it was marked by a lot of irregularities.

Almost 400 dead as Myanmar steps up crackdown on Rohingya militants
Long-standing tension between the Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists broke out into violent riots in 2012. Tragically, at least 26 people have so far drowned in an attempt to flee the violence.

Sheep Prices Soar Ahead of Eid Al Adha
It is traditional to sacrificing an animal and give an equal share to the less fortunate, to relatives and for your own family. With Saudi Arabia among the countries blockading Doha by land and air, it was challenging for hopeful pilgrims to travel.

Family of Six Drowns Fleeing Hurricane Harvey Floods
Police in Houston said Wednesday they have recovered the bodies of six family members whose van was swept away in flooding unleashed by Harvey over the weekend.

More News

More News