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Wales held by Georgia as Italy, Spain win

dpadpa 9/10/2016

Wales were held to a 1-1 draw by footballing minnows Georgia to put a dent in their World Cup qualification hopes.

Gareth Bale scored again but 137th-ranked Georgia left Wales floundering in third position in Group D with a 1-1 draw in Cardiff.

Bale headed Wales ahead in the 13th minute from a Joe Ledley corner but Georgia levelled eight minutes into the second half when Tornike Okriashvili drifted in at the far post to head in from Valeri Kazaishvili's cross.

Georgia also hit the bar and had the better of the chances in the second half to earn a deserved first point after two defeats.

Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales now have five points from three games, dropping two behind Serbia and Ireland while moving a point ahead of Austria.

"Against Georgia at home, you have got to take three points but it means the next game against Serbia here there is more pressure to get three points," Wales manager Chris Coleman said.

"We have to deal with that."

Spain earned a 2-0 victory in Albania, thanks to goals from Diego Costa and substitute Nolito, while group rivals Italy came from behind and needed a last-gasp goal to win 3-2 in Macedonia to keep their World Cup qualifying campaigns on track on Sunday.

After Andrea Belotti put Italy in front, Ilija Nestorovski and Ferhan Hasani scored for the home side after the break, but Immobile tapped in on 75 minutes and headed the winner in injury time.

Both Spain and Italy have seven points in the group, with Spain ahead on goal difference.

Israel move level with Albania on six after Tomer Hemed scored two early goals in a 2-1 defeat of Liechtenstein in Jerusalem.

Serbia top Group D on goal difference after a 3-2 defeat of Austria, whose 13-game unbeaten run in Euro and World Cup qualifying came to an end.

Ireland were a goal up after two minutes through Shane Long against Moldova but Igor Bugaev put the home side level in first-half stoppage time. James McLean restored Ireland's lead midway through the second half before scoring his second and Ireland's third in the 76th.

Iceland, Ukraine and Croatia all chalked up wins in Group I.

In Tampere, Finland, Mario Mandzukic struck an 18th-minute winner for Croatia against the home side to stay top of the group on goal difference over Iceland, who defeated Turkey 2-0 with both goals coming in a three-minute spurt just before the break.

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