Even with the prolific Gareth Bale scoring again, Wales just cannot find a way to beat Georgia in their 2018 World Cup qualifier clash.
The Georgians recovered from conceding a 10th-minute goal to Bale to draw 1-1 against the European Championship semifinalist and make it four games without defeat against the Welsh. The first three meetings between the countries all ended as wins for Georgia.
This looked a home banker at Cardiff City Stadium, with Wales ranked 10th in the world after its memorable run at Euro 2016 last summer and Georgia languishing at No. 137.
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Yet by the end of the 2018 World Cup qualifier, there only looked like being one winner with Georgia attacking in waves and Valeri Kazaishvili shooting against the crossbar from outside the area. In the end, the visitors left with a point thanks to Tornike Okriashvili’s header in the 57th.
“People will look at it as two points dropped, but it might be a point gained at the end of the day,” said Wales manager Chris Coleman. “We got too comfortable. The whole atmosphere was too comfortable.”
Bale, who scored seven goals in Euro 2016 qualifying, is now up to three in this qualifying campaign after rising unmarked to meet Joe Ledley’s corner and head home. It was the Real Madrid star’s 25th international goal – three behind Wales’ national record held by Ian Rush.
Wales lost its way in the second half and the draw halts the team’s upward trajectory under Coleman. It also means two points from a possible six in this international period, after drawing 2-2 at Austria on Thursday.
Georgia picked up its first point in three matches.