Spain beats Georgia in World Cup qualifier
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Spain needed 86 minutes to break down Georgia's defense as Roberto Soldado scored late to secure a 1-0 win Tuesday as the world champions took the first step to defending their title at the 2014 World Cup with a 23rd consecutive victory in qualifying matches.
Georgia goalkeeper Giorgi Loria kept Spain from converting its overwhelming possession into a goal until he was forced off with a leg injury.
Substitute Cesc Fabregas then found Soldado to slot his pass home four minutes from time.
David Silva hit the post in Spain's best chance in the first half, while Aleksander Amisulashvili found the woodwork for Georgia in one of its isolated attacks after the restart.
The victory gave Spain three points, level in Group I with Georgia.
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