Tom Lawrence was the hero in Tbilisi as his 49th minute wonder strike gave Wales their first ever victory over Georgia.
Georgia 0-1 Wales
2018 FIFA World Cup - European Qualifiers
Using his pace, Lawrence ran the ball forward and from around 25-yards he struck it with a bolt of lightning. The speed and strength of the shot gave Giori Loria no chance of making a save.
Wales came into the match knowing that they needed to win.
Prior to the game, Chris Colman had said: “We need two wins. We need to take care of business ourselves.” The first half of that business was done at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena before Monday’s (9 October) encounter with the Republic of Ireland back in Cardiff.
Much had been made of Gareth Bale’s absence in the build-up to this crucial Group D World Cup qualifier too, however, Wales demonstrated their strength and depth in the squad.
Aaron Ramsey, earning his 50th international cap, had the best chance of the match prior to Lawrence’s goal, when he went close early on.
Lawrence had gone on an excellent run to provide Ramsey with that opportunity as he threaded a lovely through ball. Ramsey looked certain to score but his shot went wide of the right post.
Andy King and Sam Vokes also had good opportunities for Wales as Coleman’s team produced a solid performance in Tbilisi.
There were several scares for Wales in the match, however, Georgia were unable to make any of their chances count, an issue that is represented by their lowly position in the Group D table.
Wales have now won three consecutive matches and will feel the momentum is with them going into their final qualifying match.