Tbilisi - Republic of Ireland were forced to settle for a dour 0-0 draw against Georgia in Tbilisi as their bid to qualify for Euro 2020 suffered a setback on Saturday.
Unbeaten Ireland remain top of Group D after six games, but second placed Denmark are just three points behind with a game in hand, while Switzerland in third have played two fewer games and trail the leaders by four points.
But there was precious little entertainment from either team in a gruelling war of attrition.
Luton striker James Collins was handed a competitive debut for the Republic, in place of the injured David McGoldrick, after scoring as a substitute on his debut in last month's friendly win over Bulgaria.
Callum Robinson gave the Georgia defence a scare 10 minutes before the break when his cross was just too strong for James McClean.