The Georgians and Portuguese will face each other on Saturday, September 23, on Ramieh Island, on the third day of Group C, and the two teams separated in a 18-18 draw. Either team could have won in the last moments.
The French coach of Portugal, Patrice Laguesque, predicted a “big battle”, a “difficult battle” against Georgia on Saturday 23 September (2pm) in Toulouse, which is why he has significantly strengthened his bench in this sector.
In its first match in the 2023 World Cup, Portugal surprised by holding on to Wales, and did not surrender until the end of the match (28-8).
On the Georgian side, coach Levan Maisashvili also admitted that it was “more or less a final match but also just the beginning. We only played one game, even if we lost it (to Australia, 35-15, editor’s note).” But yes, it is an important match against Portugal.”
Portugal national team formation: Souza Guedes – Storti, Bettencourt, Appleton, Marta – Portela, Marquez – Simo, Martins, Granit – Cerqueira, Madeira – Ferreira, Tadjer, Fernandes. Alternatives: Costa, Camberg, Alves, Bello, Wallis, De Freitas, Lucas, Cardoso Pinto.
Georgia team composition: Ninishvili – Tabotsadze, Kvseladze, Sharikadze (cap), Todoa – Abzhandadze (s), Aprasidze (m) – Gorgadze, Saginadze, Galagonia – Mikautadze, Chachanidze – Gigashvili, Mamukashvili, Naryashvili. Alternatives: Zamtaradze, Gogisashvili, Babidze, Chishvili, Tsotskiridze, Lobzhanidze, Matkava, Tabladze