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Georgia vs Spain: Predictions
It was far from an ideal start for both nations in midweek, with Georgia falling to a 1-0 loss in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s international return for Sweden, while Spain were made to rue their dominance over Greece, surrendering a one-goal lead to draw 1-1, with the Euro 2004 winners netting with their only shot of the match.
Georgia are yet to qualify for a World Cup since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but the nation recently appointed Bayern Munich legend Willy Sagnol as their head coach and will be hoping the Frenchman can guide jvarosnebi to an historic place at the quadrennial tournament.
Their qualification campaign hit a snag in Group B’s curtain raiser, though, as Sweden sealed an opening-day victory courtesy of Viktor Claesson, which has already placed pressure on the nation getting a result against 2010 World Cup winners Spain, who will be baying for blood following their own midweek misgivings.
Luis Enrique’s men fell to a limp stalemate against Greece, who rallied after going a goal down to Alvaro Morata in the first half, securing a penalty after substitute Inigo Martinez felled Giorgos Masouras in the box, with Tasos Bakasetas clinically dispatching and clinching a point against all expectations for the visitors.
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Georgia vs Spain: Match Stats
The post-Greece inquest may point to certain frailties that need addressing in Enrique’s squad, chiefly a lack of cutting edge in the final third, with Spain registering just two shots on target despite boasting around 80% of possession, but that attacking transgression can certainly not be levelled at Morata, who netted on the night and has now scored six goals across his last nine caps, as well as 19 in just 37 appearances for the nation.
Defensively Spain were compact and limited Greece to few chances, with Galanolefki failing to register a single shot on goal from open play, and scoring only by virtue of a spot kick, so Enrique will be keen to maintain that level of defensively solidity against Georgia, while cutting out the individual errors.
11 Sep 2012 – Georgia 0-1 Spain – World Cup Qualifiers
15 Oct 2013 – Spain 2-0 Georgia – World Cup Qualifiers
07 Jun 2016 – Spain 0-1 Georgia – International Friendly
These nations have met before in World Cup qualifiers, pitting their wits in Group I for a ticket to Brazil 2014, with Spain completing a double over Georgia and topping the table, while this weekend’s hosts finished second from last, collecting just one win from eight, which came on matchday one against Belarus.