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We've Met Before - Georgia VS Wales
We’ve met before: Georgia vs Wales
WE’VE MET BEFORE: WALES VS GEORGIA
Wales have never beaten Georgia in four attempts but at least ended a miserable run of three successive defeats in last October’s 1-1 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium. Missing stars Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen, the hosts took the lead through Gareth Bale’s bullet header, but Georgia levelled through Tornike Okriashvili to bag a point.
It proved a humbling experience for Wales when the two nations met for the first time in November 1994. A Mike Smith team featuring Chris Coleman, his assistant Kit Symons as well as Ian Rush, Mark Hughes and Dean Saunders could not prevent Georgia racing to a 5-0 win in a Euro 96 qualifier in Tbilisi. A brace from Temuri Ketsbaia, who later had spells with Newcastle, Wolves and Dundee, and further goals from Georgi Kinkladze, who went on to play for Manchester City, Gocha Gogrichiani and Shota Arveladze, who later starred for Rangers, did the damage.
In the return in Cardiff the following June, the mercurial Kinkladze was again on the mark, bagging the only goal of the game to complete a Georgia double. Wales midfielder Vinnie Jones saw red early in a match which brought Smith’s second spell as manager to an end.
Their only other meeting came in a friendly at Swansea in 2008, when Georgia again emerged victorious. Jason Koumas fired John Toshack’s experimental side ahead but Levan Kenia levelled before Beka Gotsiridze hit a last-gasp winner.