Belarus earn opening win
Georgia suffer second defeat in France and Spain's Group I
Last Updated: October 16, 2012 8:13pm
Renan Bressan: Scored Belarus's opener against Georgia before creating the second
Renan Bressan inspired Belarus to a comfortable 2-0 home win over Georgia as they opened their World Cup qualifying account in Group I.
Bressan, who scored in BATE Borisov's shock Champions League win over Bayern Munich earlier this month, broke the deadlock in Minsk inside six minutes and set up the second goal for Stanislav Dragun.
Dragun served notice of what was to come when he threatened in the second minute by shooting wide, but it was only a further five minutes before Bressan gave the home side the lead with a low right-footed finish from six yards.
The BATE playmaker turned provider in the 28th minute when his delivery from the left channel was headed in by Dragun.
Those two goals put Belarus in control after a first half in which Bressan went close twice more, while Georgia's limited threat amounted to little more than David Targamadze's often optimistic free-kicks.
In the second period, Vitaly Rodionov was denied by keeper Nukri Revishvili and then hit the post as Belarus sought to put the result beyond doubt.
Jaba Kankava headed wide from close range in Georgia's clearest sight of goal, while Alexander Kobakhidze and Levan Kenia were off target from 25 yards.
The much-needed win avenged Belarus' opening defeat in Tbilisi, since when they have lost to France and Spain.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 16th Oct - Group F
Russia1 - 0Azerbaijan
Israel3 - 0Luxembourg
Portugal1 - 1N Ireland
Tue 16th Oct - Group I
Belarus2 - 0Georgia
Spain1 - 1France
Tue 16th Oct - Group G
Latvia2 - 0Liechtenstein
Bosnia3 - 0Lithuania
Slovakia0 - 1Greece
Tue 16th Oct - Group D
Andorra0 - 1Estonia
Romania1 - 4Netherlands
Hungary3 - 1Turkey
Tue 16th Oct - Group A
Croatia2 - 0Wales
Macedonia1 - 0Serbia
Belgium2 - 0Scotland
Tue 16th Oct - Group B
Czech Rep0 - 0Bulgaria
Italy3 - 1Denmark
Tue 16th Oct - Group E
Cyprus1 - 3Norway
Iceland0 - 2Switzerland
Albania1 - 0Slovenia
Tue 16th Oct - Group H
Ukraine0 - 1Montenegro
San Marino0 - 2Moldova
Tue 16th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 4Rep Ireland
Austria4 - 0Kazakhstan
Germany4 - 4Sweden
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I