Irish eyes smiling
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Irish showed skill and grit in equal measures as they overcame a stubborn Georgian outfit.
Gary Doherty`s towering header from a Kevin Kilbane free-kick shortly before the break eased the nerves.
The Georgians were not without chances, as Stephen Carr had to head off the line and Shay Given was forced to make a save from Shota Arveladze.
Robbie Keane was a thorn in the side of the Georgians for much of the evening and he made the game safe when latching onto a lofted ball before clipping a fine shot home.
Switzerland had to fight hard to overcome Albania 3-2.
Bernt Haas scored twice with Ricardo Cabanas netting the crucial third.
Albania battled throughout with goals from Altin Lala and Ervin Skela briefly threatening a shock.