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Serbia battle back to end any hopes of Georgia shock and go top of Group D

We were warming up for a shock result in the first half, but Serbia put the game to bed in the end.

Serbia's Dusan Tadic and Filip Kostic celebrate one of the goals.
Serbia's Dusan Tadic and Filip Kostic celebrate one of the goals.
Image: Shakh Aivazov

Updated 19.30

IRISH EYES ARE fixed firmly on the Aviva Stadium tonight, but over in Tbilisi earlier, Georgia nearly did us a massive favour in Group D.

They took a shock early lead but unfortunately, Serbia came from behind to win 3-1, and go top of the table.

Georgia went one up after just six minutes when Nika Katcharava pounced on a woefully underhit backpass from Aleksandar Kolarov to open the scoring.

But Tadic made no mistake in equalising on the stroke of half-time when Otar Kakabadze fouled Filip Kostic, the Southampton man tucking his penalty coolly into the corner.

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s tremendous strike put the visitors ahead on 64 minutes, before Mijat Gacinovic tapped home to end all Georgian hopes four minutes from time.

The result comes as Serbia’s third win of the qualifiers so far and they remain unbeaten after drawing their other two fixtures with Ireland and Wales.

- Additional reporting by Emma Duffy

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