By Erkin Ibragimov
FK Baku defeated FC Inter Baku 2-1 in extra time to win the Azerbaijani Cup for the first time.
With both teams making their final debut, Baku quickly took the lead as their Brazilian striker Leandro Gomes struck after just five minutes. Inter seemed to have equalised soon after, but Agshin Omarov's goal was ruled out by the referee for offside.
However, Inter managed to level after the break. Nigerian forward Lucky Idahor flicked Elmar Bakhshiyev's low cross into the centre of the area for Uladzimir Makouski to score on 54 minutes. After that Inter took the initiative, but could create only one more clear chance as Ramil Sayadov headed wide in the final minute.
The game entered extra time, and Idahor was dismissed for punching Baku defender Ramin Guliyev after 113 minutes. Two minutes later André Ladaga's powerful 30-metre free-kick resulted in the winning goal for Baku, who earned their second UEFA Cup campaign having previously qualified by finishing as league runners-up in 1997/98 when they were known as Dinamo Baku.
"I am happy to have scored the winning goal in the final," said Ladaga. "We waited a long time for this victory and we deserved it."
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