And come out! Judging by the number of fans with green shirts shielding their eyes, the away game has the worst result of the setting sun.
The players are in the tunnel, with a kick just a few minutes away.
Looks like a nice day in Tbilisi. The picture wires are full of pictures of people in T-shirts. Well, Irish fans in T-shirts and locals in sweaters. After all, blue sky.
Mick McCarthy talks, First to James Collins:
He has entered the championship this year, plays well and scores goals. I thought he made the difference when he started against Bulgaria. Players who sit on the bench and travel around when they have a chance to seize them, and he did.
Four on his back and Doherty on the left:
He did well. I asked him when we were training. He is one of the best fullbacks of the last two or three years. He played one and a half seasons ago with wolves as left-back. I think if you asked him, he would be there rather than involved.
I want to act as we did against them in Dublin. That's to get the first one and stop it, and when we have it, we have to feel well and try to get it back. I would like to assume that we owned the same.
Game preview by Ken Early That's great for the Irish Times. It is there and worth a click.
The teams in full, then:
Georgia: Loria, Kakabadze, Kashia, Tabidze, Grigalava, Kankava, Kiteishvili, Okriashvili, Ananidze, Qazaishvili, Kvilitaia. Subs: Elguja Lobjanidze, Shengelia, Makaridze, Saba Lobjanidze, Navalovski, Kharaishvili, Aburjania, Daushvili, Khotcholava, Kupatadze, Kvirkvelia.
Irish Republic: Randolph, Coleman, Duffy, Egan, Doherty, Whelan, Hourihane, Robinson, Hendrick, McClean, Collins. Subs: Lange, Browne, Connolly, Cullen, Byrne, Williams, O, Hara, O, Dowda, Maguire, Hogan, Travers, Richter.
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy).
Here's the Georgia team, in two alphabets. You have made a change to the team that has moved against Denmark. Jaba Kankava replaced Giorgi Aburjania in midfield:
Team News! James Collins debuts in the Irish national team and replaces the injured David McGoldrick in one of three changes over the friendship win over Bulgaria last month. Matt Doherty replaces the suspended Enda Stevens and John Egan moves into central defense.
The Republic of Ireland qualify unbeaten by two points in five games. But they could still waver: the two remaining games after this match are against Switzerland (on Tuesday in Geneva) and at home against Denmark. The other two teams fight for the last places. Crucially, these two are playing in Copenhagen today. This is a last and fantastic opportunity for the Irish to bring daylight between themselves and their persecutors. Today's results are not final, but they could get closer: if Ireland win today and Denmark lose, Mick McCarthy will know that a draw in his team's last home game or a win in one of their last two games would be enough.
But let's not get carried away. Ireland were last in Tbilisi just over two years ago when they drew 1-1 in the World Cup qualifiers, and despite beating Georgia in that qualifying campaign, they were 1-0 in both cases. In Georgia's recent qualifier last month in Tbilisi, Denmark played a goalless draw. "We have to play against Denmark, but we need more quality in the attack zone," said Vladimir Weiss, their manager. "We hope to meet first and I hope we can beat Ireland for the first time in history. But we have to play 120% to play 100% is not enough. "
The build-up was underscored by some entertaining dance-related reruns among managers, with Weiss saying that Ireland "plays with phenomenal energy, just as Michael Flatley dances. There are also good dancers in Georgia, but he is very special. "When McCarthy was informed of this assessment, he paused for a while to think before deciding to be very happy." When someone describes you as someone as brilliant as Michael Flatley, such a wonderful performer and dancer and a good guy, then I take that as a big compliment to my team, "he beamed.
Will Ireland, once they've laced their boots, be more Michael Flatley or Ed Balls * today? We will find out right away! Well, in about an hour. Until then, welcome!
* New dance-related comparisons are not available due to ignorance.