Shane Duffy puts Ireland in front in the fourth  minute of the game with a header against Georgia.  Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

After the manner in which they won some of the previous games they can have no complaints, but Ireland’s luck finally deserted them in Tbilisi on Satu(...)

 James McClean was Ireland’s best player in a very disappointing performance. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

1 Darren Randolph: Despite Georgia’s dominance he had relatively little to do and was well protected in the air by Duffy and Clark. Slow off his line(...)

Ireland’s Shane Duffy  heads home  past Georgia’s goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze  during the   World Cup group D qualifying  match  in Tbilisi. Photograph:  Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Georgia 1 Republic of Ireland 1 Like all good things, Ireland’s run of victories against Georgia had to come to an end and while Martin O’Neill will(...)

Tomike Okriashvili heads home  Georgia’s equaliser in the World Cup qualifier against  Wales  at the Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Wales 1 Georgia 1 This was the day when the path to Russia started to become more complicated for Wales. Chris Coleman and his players need no tellin(...)

Séamus Coleman scores the Republic of Ireland’s goal during the World Cup qualifier Group D match against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Georgia 0 Vladimir Weiss said before this game that when he had taken over as Georgian coach he had shown his players reruns of(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters after scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Georgia 0 Martin O’Neill’s side did just about enough here to sustain their hopes of a place at next summer’s European Champion(...)

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane celebrates scoring the first of his two goals in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Gibraltar at Estadio do Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Gibraltar 0 Republic of Ireland 4 His name may not have the same sort of familiar ring to it as Gary Mackay’s and this time around there is still a g(...)

Scotland’s Shaun Maloney is tackled by   Georgia’s Guram Kashia during the Euro 2016  Group D qualifier in Tbilisi. Photograph:    Nick Potts/PA

Georgia 1 Scotland 0 Scotland’s national team has become so used to harsh realities that another one probably will not be difficult to accept. Defeat (...)