Georgia knows that a win over Bulgaria in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday could be enough to secure promotion to the second division.
At a time when the home side leads Group C by five points, Bulgaria is seven points behind and coming off one of their most demoralizing results in their history.
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Georgia appeared destined to spend more time in the international doldrums under Willy Sagnol after losing five consecutive games between June and October last year.
However, the Frenchman has led one of the most surprising comebacks on this stage in recent years, with Georgia winning seven of their previous eight games and drawing one.
Although their 2-0 triumph over Sweden late last year remains their best performance, the Crusaders have scored 12 goals in three games in this campaign.
North Macedonia’s latest flurry of goals occurred on Thursday, with all three of their goals coming after the interval as they took control of Group C4.
During that encounter, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scored his third goal of the season, but Sagnol will be more pleased with how the goals were shared among a cohesive squad.
Bulgaria is in full upheaval, with a change in head coach followed by humiliation in Gibraltar, at a time when Georgia is on the verge of promotion.
While one of the world football’s minnows is steadily improving, the 1-1 tie is their most memorable result since their victory in Armenia in 2018.
The temporary manager, Georgi Ivanov, will be grateful for an immediate chance to redeem his team, since anything less than a win will put them out of contention for promotion.
Realistically, that should not even cross their minds, given Bulgaria’s winless streak of seven games and its lack of an away victory since 2018.
You had to expect a response from Bulgaria after such a poor result earlier this week. That is not to say that it will be sufficient, and our full support goes to Georgia, who are beginning to appear like a force in the race to qualify for Euro 2024.
You had to expect a comeback from Bulgaria after such a poor outcome earlier this week. That is not to suggest that it will be sufficient, and our entire support goes to Georgia, who are beginning to appear like a force in the race to qualify for Euro 2024.