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Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia: Seamus Coleman goal secures three points

World Cup Qualifying Group D: Aviva Stadium

Seamus Coleman's first Republic of Ireland goal secured three precious World Cup qualifying points on a night when Robbie Brady was carried from the field on a stretcher with a head injury.

Coleman benefited from two fortunate deflections on his way to tapping in from point-blank range 11 minutes after the break to mark his 40th cap in style, although there was concern for midfielder Brady when he was carried from the field while receiving oxygen after a nasty clash of heads with defender Solomon Kverkvelia.

However, Georgia, who have now lost all eight of their meetings with the Republic, left Dublin understandably aggrieved having enjoyed the better of large parts of the game and hitting both the bar and the post through Levan Mchedlidze and Guram Kashia before half-time.

Play switched rapidly from end to end as Weiss' men sought a way back in and the hosts tried to hit them on the break.

Ireland came close to a second with 14 minutes remaining when Long headed Stephen Ward's cross back across goal and Brady and Kverkvelia clashed heads sickeningly as one tried to score and the other defended.

Kverkvelia was able to continue heavily bandaged, but Brady was carried from the field on a stretcher while being given oxygen.

McLean was unfortunate not to cement the win during seven minutes of stoppage time with a header which came back off the underside of the bar, but Coleman's contribution ultimately proved enough.

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