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Kvaratskhelia hits two in a draw vs Scotland

Lawrence Shankland's stoppage-time leveler salvaged a point for Scotland as they kept their slim hopes of topping their Euro 2024 qualifying group alive with a late tie in Georgia.

Lawrence Shankland’s stoppage-time leveler salvaged a point for Scotland as they kept their slim hopes of topping their Euro 2024 qualifying group alive with a late tie in Georgia.

Late Drama Unfolds:

In a tense match in Tbilisi, the Scottish team, having secured their place in Germany last month, faced a challenging fixture against Georgia. Struggling to find attacking momentum, the introduction of Hearts’ captain proved pivotal. 

He entered the game and, in the dying moments, connected with a cross from Stuart Armstrong to score a crucial header, securing a dramatic equalizer just as the clock struck 92 minutes.

Ups and Downs of the Match:

Georgia had the upper hand at times during the game, thanks to Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s exploits. The Napoli winger showcased his prowess by capitalizing on opportunities, scoring twice to put Georgia in the lead. 

His first goal came from meeting a low ball delivered by Otar Kakabadze, netting his 13th goal in 27 caps. Kvaratskhelia extended his tally to 14 goals by drilling a low shot past Zander Clark, who was making his first start, just before the hour mark.

Crucial Equalizer and Milestone for Steve Clarke:

The Hearts captain’s late header not only salvaged a draw for Scotland but also prevented Steve Clarke from enduring a fourth consecutive loss in his 50th match in charge of the team. The timely goal showcased the resilience and fighting spirit of the Scottish side.

Conclusion:

The Hearts captain’s late heroics and Kvaratskhelia’s impressive performance highlighted the thrilling encounter in Tbilisi. While Georgia posed a significant challenge, Scotland’s perseverance, showcased through the dramatic equalizer, emphasizes the team’s resilience under pressure.

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