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Georgia 1-1 Cyprus
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Written by Lasha   
Sunday, 12 October 2008 19:37
Kobiashvili saves Georgia from Cyprus defeat
Georgia and Cyprus have secured their first Group 8 points in FIFA World Cup qualifying after drawing 1-1 at the Boris Paichadze Stadium in Tbilisi.

Made to pay
The visitors took the lead through Michael Konstantinou's strike on 66 minutes and might even have been 2-0 up had Konstantinou converted a penalty shortly after half-time. Cyprus were made to pay for that wastefulness when, on 73 minutes, Levan Kobiashvili equalised for the hosts.

Bright start
Cyprus started brightly and Konstantinou had a chance to break the deadlock on six minutes after a mistake by Georgia defender Zurab Khizanishvili. However, home goalkeeper Giorgi Lomaia was quickly off his line to make a save. The first real opening of the game for Héctor Cúper's team came when Levan Mchedlidze played in Luka Razmadze but his resulting shot was blocked to safety.

Missed penalty
At the other end, Efstathios Aloneftis was proving a threat for Cyprus from the left wing. It was his run that earned the corner moments before half-time from which Konstantinou appeared to have scored with a header – only for Lomaia to make an outstanding diving save. Aloneftis remained a menace into the second half and was brought down by Khizanishvili for Cyprus's penalty. Once again, though, Lomaia was equal to Konstantinou's effort. Angelos Anastadiadis's men finally took the lead when the same player converted an Aloneftis cross. That looked likely to decide matters until Kobiashvili struck with a long-range effort with 17 minutes remaining.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 October 2008 19:38