Georgia suffer narrow loss in poland friendly
Goal-scoring frailties continue to haunt Ketsbaia
Author: By Alastair Watt
Georgia fell to their third successive defeat despite a spirited performance in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Poland in Lubin on August 10.
A 36th minute goal from Polish captain Jakub Blaszczyowski was enough to earn a victory for the home side who will be co-hosting next summerís European Championships with Ukraine.
Any hopes that Georgia has of qualifying for these finals will rely on a stark improvement in front of goal as once again their lack of cutting edge was punished.
Head coach Temur Ketsbaia enjoyed a superb start to his reign, going unbeaten for over a year, but three straight defeats against Israel, Croatia and now Poland has brought his long honeymoon period to an abrupt halt.
The Georgians are defensively resolute, that much is clear but their reliance on a strong backline is massive and a lack of goals could very well cost them a place at Poland and Ukraine next year.
Progress has of course been made under Ketsbaia though and this was clear in the opening half in Lubin as their Polish hosts were giving every bit as good as they were getting.