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domingo, 9 de outubro de 2016
Wales 1-1 Georgia: Chris Coleman's side frustrated in Cardiff - 5 things we learned
Gareth Bale's first-half opener was cancelled out by Tornkie Okriashvili to leave Chris Coleman's side with five points from their opening three matches
Wales were frustrated by Georgia as they were held 1-1 in their World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Gareth Bale's first-half opener was cancelled out by Tornkie Okriashvili after the break to leave Chris Coleman's side with five points from their opening three matches in Group D.
Bale nodded home from Joe Ledley's corner, but Okriashvili made a great run into the area to head his country level.
Here are five things our man James Nursey learned in the Welsh capital...
1. Bale closes on record
Bale's first half header means he has now scored 25 goals for Wales, three behind Ian Rush's record mark. Liverpool legend Rush says it is inevitable Bale will beat his record and expects him to do it in this qualifying campaign.
Few would back against him as Bale continues to prove he has everything in his locker. This time it was his heading ability he underlined as well as producing more dangerous long throws.
2. Fortress Cardiff
The draw won't please Wales entirely but it does mean they remain unbeaten in three years in competitive games at the Cardiff City Stadium.
They did lose a friendly to Holland here earlier this year but they were without many of the top stars.
Wales only conceded one goal in last qualifying campaign here in Cardiff but have now matched that tally in this one.
3. Wales improve record against Georgia
Wales had previously lost all three of their matches against Georgia, including a 2008 friendly and a Euro 96 qualifier in 1995.
Boss Chris Coleman needed no reminding of a a 5-0 thrashing in Tbilisi in 1994 - the defender played in it.
4. Steady Edwards
Wales continued to be without star midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen was also missing for this game. Both men leave big shoes to fill after being named in the Euro 2016 team of the tournament as Wales reached the last four.
But Wolves' grafter David Edwards won his 36th cap to deputise and he never lets his country down.
He was dependable in the last qualifying campaign, solid at the Euros when called upon and the 30-year-old continues to be a man Coleman trusts implicitly.
5. Georgia capable of an upset
If Wales fans descended on Cardiff expecting an easy ride - they were to be sorely disappointed.
Despite two defeats from two qualifiers going into this match, they were one-goal losses to Austria and Ireland and they proved here they are no whipping boys.
Okriashvili took his goal well and on another day the visitors could have taken all three points.