The official website for European football

Bakı beat Neftçi to win Azerbaijani Cup

Published: Thursday 17 May 2012, 22.25CET
Bakı FK have won their third Azerbaijani Cup, beating league champions Neftçi PFK 2-0, with midfielder Aleksandar Šolić now aiming to progress in the UEFA Europa League.
by Erkin Ibragimov
from Baku
Bakı beat Neftçi to win Azerbaijani Cup
Bakı have won their third Azerbaijani Cup ©Victoria Melnik
Published: Thursday 17 May 2012, 22.25CET

Bakı beat Neftçi to win Azerbaijani Cup

Bakı FK have won their third Azerbaijani Cup, beating league champions Neftçi PFK 2-0, with midfielder Aleksandar Šolić now aiming to progress in the UEFA Europa League.

Champions Neftçi PFK were unable to put the seal on a domestic double after losing 2-0 against Bakı FK in the Azerbaijani Cup final.

Neftçi made a positive start and were unlucky not to take the lead when Brazilian Flavinho wasted a golden opportunity, before Rashad Abdullayev's free-kick rattled the woodwork moments later. The Azerbaijani Premier League champions soon became architects of their own downfall, though, when a defensive lapse allowed Bakı's Sergio Koke a free shot on goal, which he duly dispatched.

Neftçi raised the tempo in search of an equaliser but in doing so left themselves vulnerable at the back and paved the way for Bakı's second goal, Juninho's audacious 25-metre strike concluding an incisive counterattack. Despite the introduction of Neftçi's top goalscorer Bakhodir Nasimov after the break, Bakı's immaculate defensive performance ensured they lifted the cup for a third time.

"We wanted to make amends for our unsuccessful league campaign before this final," said midfielder Aleksandar Šolić. "A club of Bakı's calibre can't end the season without trophies. However, our main objective is a successful run in Europe. I think we have the potential to succeed."

Last updated: 17/05/12 22.23CET

Related information

Player profiles
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=aze/news/newsid=1798357.html#bakı+beat+neftci+azerbaijani+cup

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.