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Dinamo Stadion (ATT 22,000) 16th October 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: R Schoergenhofer

Belarus Belarus vs Georgia Georgia

Belarus 2

R Bressan (6)
S Dragun (28)

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Georgia 0

Belarus earn opening win

Georgia suffer second defeat in France and Spain's Group I

Last Updated: 16/10/12 8:13pm

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Renan Bressan: Scored Belarus's opener against Georgia before creating the second

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.

Control

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.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 16th Oct - Group F
    Tue 16th Oct - Group I
    Tue 16th Oct - Group G
    Tue 16th Oct - Group D
    Tue 16th Oct - Group A
    Tue 16th Oct - Group B
    Tue 16th Oct - Group E
    Tue 16th Oct - Group H
    • Ukraine
      0 - 1
      Montenegro
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    • San Marino
      0 - 2
      Moldova
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    Tue 16th Oct - Group C
    • Faroe Islands
      1 - 4
      Rep Ireland
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    • Austria
      4 - 0
      Kazakhstan
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    • Germany
      4 - 4
      Sweden
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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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