Don’t miss the full replay and highlights of the intense showdown between Georgia and Scotland. The action kicks off at 17:00 (GMT) on 16th November 2023. A. Stavrev will be the referee for this highly anticipated match, taking place at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena. This clash is part of the Europe – UEFA European Championship Qualifiers, Group A, Season 2024.
Georgia vs Scotland Full Match Reports
Scotland flirted with the all-too-familiar sense of despair on Georgian soil during their UEFA European Championship qualifier. However, Lawrence Shankland’s eleventh-hour equalizer spared them from a historic away defeat against Georgia.
With their place at Euro 2024 already secured, Scotland approached only their third visit to Georgia with a relaxed stance. Yet, the contest held significance as they battled with Spain for the top spot in Group A. The optimism of claiming group victory took an early blow as Otar Kakabadze’s enticing delivery found the net through Georgia’s go-to scorer, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, just 15 minutes into the match.
This goal fueled the hosts’ confidence, and they came close to doubling their lead soon after with Levan Shengelia unleashing a powerful strike, met with a smart save from Zander Clark, making his competitive debut for Scotland. Steve Clarke’s team struggled to muster a response, although they could have equalized before halftime if Lyndon Dykes had not sent a header across the goal from an unmarked position.
Georgia ignored this warning sign, and Scotland pulled level shortly after the restart. Despite not being renowned for his goal-scoring prowess, Scott McTominay showcased his abilities, equalizing with a drilled shot from the edge of the area. Instead of energizing Scotland, the goal spurred Georgia, and Kvaratskhelia quickly restored the hosts’ lead with a powerful strike into the bottom corner.
Some unsportsmanlike behavior from Georgian players irked the Scots, and the hosts escaped a potential red card when Giorgi Kochorashvili avoided punishment for a knee-high challenge on McTominay. Justice seemed to prevail for Scotland in stoppage time when Stuart Armstrong’s delivery found Shankland’s head at the far post, breaking Georgian hearts and leaving the traveling Tartan Army somewhat satisfied.
Player of the Match: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Georgia).