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Georgia wins 18-18. Portugal: In a dramatic conclusion, Portugal misses out on a historic Rugby World Cup victory.

After falling behind 13-0, Portugal wing Raffaele Storti appeared destined to be the hero, scoring two spectacular individual tries as his team took the lead in the final minutes.

Georgia drew level with a 79th-minute try granted by the TV match official.

Portugal defender Nuno Sousa Guedes missed the key penalty kick right away.

Georgia’s record tryscorer Akaki Tabutsadze surged over in the corner for his 30th try in 33 Tests in just 75 seconds.

Tedo Abzhandadze’s conversion and penalties put Georgia up 13-0, but after squandering numerous excursions into the Portugal 22, Georgia was startled when Storti overcame three men to run in beautifully from distance.

Props from Portugal Francisco Fernandes was yellow carded for a risky tackle on Shalva Mamukashvili, but Portugal still won.

After captain Tomas Appleton was twice held up after fluid plays, Storti sprinted in beautifully after quick ball from a line-out to tremendous shouts from the crowd.

It was the first occasion in World Cup history that Portugal scored two tries.

Georgia applied intense pressure in the final stages, with TMO Joy Neville awarding a try following a big push on the line from replacement hooker Tengizi Zamtaradze.

Replacement When Portugal won a penalty immediately from kick-off, Sousa Guedes got the opportunity from range but pushed his kick wide.

Georgia, which is fourth in Pool C, will play Fiji in Bordeaux on October 7, while Portugal will play Australia the following day in St Etienne.

Georgia: Niniashvili; Tabutsadze, Kveseladze, Sharikadze (captain), Todua; Abzhandadze, Aprasidze; Nariashvili, Mamukashvili, Gigashvili; Chachanidze, Mikautadze; Jalagonia, Saginadze, Gorgadze; Jalagonia, Saginadze, Gorgadze

Zamtaradze, Gogichashvili, Papidze, Cheishvili, Tsutskiridze, Lobzhanidze, Matkava, and Tapladze are the replacements.

Guedes; Storti, Bettencourt, Appleton (capt), Marta; Portela, Marques; Fernandes, Tadjer, Ferreira; Madeira, Cerqueira; Granate, Martins, Simoes; Madeira, Cerqueira; Granate, Martins, Simoes; Madeira, Cerqueira; Granate, Martins, Simoes;


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