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Player Ratings: Georgia 1-0 Scotland

Sports Mole rates the performances from Georgia's 1-0 win over Scotland in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Tbilisi.

Scotland suffered defeat in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 as Georgia claimed a 1-0 victory in Tbilisi this evening.

Valeri Kazaishvili scored the only goal of the night seven minutes before the break to hand the hosts all three points and strike a blow to Scotland's hopes of qualifying for next summer's tournament.

Below, Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed in the Group D clash.


GEORGIA

Goal

Nukri Revishvili: Scotland's failure to land a shot on target ensured it was a comfortable night for Revishvili, who coped well when the visitors sent more crosses into the box in the second half. (6/10)

Defence

Solomon Kverkvelia: Arguably the best player on the pitch. Typified Georgia's approach in defence as he coped with the pace of Scotland's left wing and made a number of vital challenges to rescue his side. (8/10)

Aleksandre Amisulashvili: Impressive night for the centre-back, who won the physical battle with Steven Fletcher and led the defence by example. (7/10)

Guram Kashia: Often left without a marker as Scotland persisted with one up front until the closing stages, but handled the threat of Scotland's midfield runners well. (6/10)

Giorgi Navalovsky: Offered a good option at both ends of the pitch while operating as one of his side's two wing-backs. A threat with his persistence in attack without abandoning his defensive duties. (7/10)

Ucha Lobzhanidze: Struggled to carry the same threat as Navalovsky going forward, but defended impressively when Andrew Robertson progressed forward on the wing. (6/10)

Midfield

Jaba Kankava: Provided protection for the defence throughout the match with his combative style in midfield. Important in keeping Scotland's attacking players quiet for long spells. (7/10)

Jano Ananidze: Drifted in and out of the game as Georgia looked to frustrate the visitors, but stuck to his task well in the centre of midfield to help secure the clean sheet. (6/10)

Valeri Kazaishvili: Showed a willingness to get forward without abandoning his fellow midfielder. Provided the moment of quality the game needed with a fine touch and finish to clinch the win. (7/10)

Tornike Okriashvili: Often seen as Georgia's biggest threat, but the creative midfielder was disappointing for the hosts as he struggled to get involved in attacking areas. (5/10)

Attack

Levan Mchedlidze: Missed his best chance when he sliced a shot into the side-netting in the second half. Offered a good outlet for his side with his running off the ball and he held up play well. (6/10)

Substitutes

Giorgi Merebashvili: Joined the midfield in keeping it tight in the closing stages and remained disciplined off the ball to frustrate the visitors. (6/10)

Murtaz Daushvili: A lively runner late on as Georgia threatened to punish Scotland on the break. (5/10)

Mate Vatsadze: Sent on as a time-wasting substitute in stoppage time, but the forward barely had a kick as the home side held on for the win. (4/10)


SCOTLAND

Steven Naismith (L) of Scotland vie for a ball with Levan Mchedlidze (R) of Georgia during their Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Georgia and Scotland in Tbilisi on September 4, 2015© Getty Images

Goal

David Marshall: Given no chance with the only goal of the match, but made a fine save to deny Levan Mchedlidze in the second half. (6/10)

Defence

Alan Hutton: Mixed bag from the full-back. Caused a few problems with his fine running on the right in the first half, but he always looked vulnerable when Georgia countered at pace. (6/10)

Russell Martin: Led the defence well for long stages, but beaten in the air by Mchedlidze for the goal as Georgia struck against the run of play. (6/10)

Charlie Mulgrew: Difficult to judge him for failing to stop the goal after a loose ball fell to Kazaishvili in the box. Moved to left-back in the second half, but his crossing was poor as Scotland searched for an equaliser. (5/10)

Andrew Robertson: Produced one brilliant cross to almost hand Scotland the lead in the first half, but it was a rare good delivery on a day when he often struck the first defender. Taken off in a reshuffle before the hour mark. (5/10)

Midfield

James Morrison: Dictated the tempo in midfield early in the match, but he struggled as the evening possession. Caught hesitating on the ball twice in the second half and fortunate not to gift the hosts a goal. (5/10)

Scott Brown: A passenger for long spells of the match. The captain could only get on the ball in deep positions and he struggled to find his creative teammates on a consistent basis. (5/10)

Shaun Maloney: Kept on the fringes of the game for long spells, but led the visitors late on as he looked to find an equaliser. One of the few who threatened to unlock the home defence, despite being offered very little help by Fletcher. (6/10)

Ikechi Anya: A willing runner going both ways, but he was marked out of the game impressively by the Georgian defenders. Struggled to get on the ball in attacking areas. (5/10)

Steven Naismith: Looked the most dangerous player on the pitch in the first half. Linked up well with his teammates in a central position, but surprisingly, he was taken off before the hour mark. (6/10)

Attack

Steven Fletcher: A frustrating night for the Sunderland striker. Given a start ahead of Leigh Griffiths, but struggled to hold up the ball and never really threatened to score. (5/10)

Substitutes

James Forrest: The Celtic midfielder saw plenty of the ball after being introduced, but often forced to go sideways, rather than forward as Scotland searched for a breakthrough. (6/10)

Grant Hanley: Sent on as Scotland changed personnel at the back, and almost clinched a point in the closing stages when he headed wide from a corner. (5/10)

Leigh Griffiths: Given just 15 minutes after many expected him to start the match. Struggled to get involved and did not get a chance to snatch the draw. (4/10)


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Andrew Robertson of Scotland battles for the ball with Giorgi Papava of Georgia during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match on October 11, 2014
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