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Azerbaijani Cup in the bag for Qarabağ

Published: Saturday 23 May 2009, 20.25CET
FK Qarabağ have won the opportunity to play in the inaugural UEFA Europa League next season after they defeated FC İnter Bakı 1-0 to claim the Azerbaijani Cup, Vaqif Cavadov converting a 57th-minute penalty.
Azerbaijani Cup in the bag for Qarabağ
Qarabağ will play in the UEFA Europa League next season ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 23 May 2009, 20.25CET

Azerbaijani Cup in the bag for Qarabağ

FK Qarabağ have won the opportunity to play in the inaugural UEFA Europa League next season after they defeated FC İnter Bakı 1-0 to claim the Azerbaijani Cup, Vaqif Cavadov converting a 57th-minute penalty.

FK Qarabağ have won the opportunity to play in the inaugural UEFA Europa League next season after they defeated FC İnter Bakı 1-0 to claim the Azerbaijani Cup.

Penalty winner
Qarabağ finished fifth in the Premyer Liqasi and needed a win to compete in Europe next term, but they nearly conceded after eleven minutes, breathing a sigh of relief when Walter Guglielmone misjudged a pass to Petar Zlatinov and a defender was able to block the midfielder's strike on goal. The second half was a different story, however, and Qarabağ took the lead in the 57th minute when Elnur Allahverdiyev was fouled by Samir Abbasov in the area, allowing 19-year-old Vaqif Cavadov to hit the winner from the penalty spot.

Promise kept
Defeat for league runners-up İnter meant they have now lost three cup finals in the last five seasons, while for the victors this represented their third cup triumph and a route into the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round. "Before the match I promised that we would win and I kept my word," said Qarabağ midfielder Zaur Ramazanov.

Last updated: 23/05/09 21.14CET

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