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Qarabağ end 21-year wait for Azerbaijani title

Published: Wednesday 7 May 2014, 20.53CET
Qarabağ FK beat second-placed İnter Bakı PİK 4-1 to clinch their first Azerbaijani Premier League title in 21 years and end Neftçi PFK's three-year reign with two games to go.
by Oktay Atayev
from Baku
Qarabağ end 21-year wait for Azerbaijani title
Qarabağ are the champions of Azerbaijan ©Victoria Melnik
Published: Wednesday 7 May 2014, 20.53CET

Qarabağ end 21-year wait for Azerbaijani title

Qarabağ FK beat second-placed İnter Bakı PİK 4-1 to clinch their first Azerbaijani Premier League title in 21 years and end Neftçi PFK's three-year reign with two games to go.

Qarabağ FK beat second-placed İnter Bakı PİK 4-1 to clinch their first Azerbaijani Premier League title in 21 years with two games to go.

Gurban Gurbanov's side took an unassailable nine-point lead over their nearest rivals and ended Neftçi PFK's three-year reign as champions with an impressive win in Baku. Reynaldo capped a fine start for Qarabağ with opener on 13 minutes and the visitors spurned two good chances to equalise before half-time, including one effort which hit the frame of the goal.

Reynaldo doubled the advantage midway into the second half before Bachana Tskhadadze pulled one back for İnter. Qarabağ's Brazilian midfielder Reynaldo completed his hat-trick and scored a 22nd goal of the season to put the result beyond doubt five minutes from time, leaving substitute Muarem Muarem to add a fourth late on. They now enter the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.

Gurbanov, in charge since 2008, said: "We have been waiting for this day for a very long time. I want to congratulate everybody fior this victory and this title. İnter also had a good season and also deserved the title."

Tskhadadze added: "My congratulations to Qarabağ, who deserved their title. Nobody took us seriously after the first six matchdays, but we came to life and I consider this second-placed finish as a success. I have worked in Azerbaijan for five years now and won different medals except gold. Maybe it is not the right time to leave, but I haven't made a decision about my future yet."

Last updated: 07/05/14 21.20CET

Results

Azerbaijani Premier League 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 07/05/2014 18:08 CET

07/05/2014

QarabağQarabağ4-1İnter Bakıİnter Bakı

Reynaldo 12, 70, 85, Muarem 86

Tskhadadze 74

Venue: Guzanli

07/05/2014

RävanRävan1-0SimurqSimurq

Varea 28 (P)

Venue: Baku

07/05/2014

Olimpik-ŞüvälanOlimpik-Şüvälan0-0NeftçiNeftçi

Venue: Shuvalan

07/05/2014

Xäzär LänkäranXäzär Länkäran4-1SumqayıtSumqayıt

Tounkara 11, 45, Etame 22, Elias Ribeiro 56

Qurbanov 3

Venue: Lankaran

07/05/2014

QäbäläQäbälä3-1BakıBakı

Izmailov 15, Teymurov 27, Subotic 57

Alasgarov 65

Venue: Qäbälä

Standings

Azerbaijani Premier League 2013/14

ClubsPPts
1Qarabağ FK3472
2İnter Bakı PİK3463
3Qäbälä FK3457
4Neftçi PFK3456
5Bakı FK3451
6Xäzär Länkäran FK3445
7Simurq PFK3444
8Olimpik-Şüvälan PFK3431
9Rävan Bakı FK3422
10Sumqayıt FK3422
Last updated: 07/05/2014 18:08 CET

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