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Clinical Neftçi overcome Zestafoni

Published: Tuesday 17 July 2012, 20.45CET
Neftçi PFK 3-0 FC Zestafoni
Azerbaijani champions Neftçi hit three without reply to give themselves an excellent advantage ahead of their return in Georgia.
by Abbas Zahidi
from Dalga Stadium
Clinical Neftçi overcome Zestafoni
Julius Wobay celebrates his goal against Zestafoni ©Victoria Melnik

Match statistics

NeftçiZestafoni

Goals scored3
 
0
on target8
 
2
off target2
 
5
Corners5
 
4
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed20
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 17 July 2012, 20.45CET

Clinical Neftçi overcome Zestafoni

Neftçi PFK 3-0 FC Zestafoni
Azerbaijani champions Neftçi hit three without reply to give themselves an excellent advantage ahead of their return in Georgia.

Azerbaijani champions Neftçi PFK could hardly have wished for a better start in their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie against FC Zestafoni, comfortably beating their Georgian counterparts 3-0 in Baku.

Two goals in two minutes midway through the first half by Cavid Imamverdiyev and Julius Wobay put the hosts in a commanding position, before Nicolas Canales pounced on 63 minutes to seal an emphatic win.

An exciting start brought important saves from both goalkeepers inside the first ten minutes. Roin Kvaskhvadze was alert to Bruno Bertucci's shot after Rashad Sadigov's free-kick to prevent Zestafoni going behind after just four minutes, and five minutes later Neftçi's Rauf Mehdiyev blocked Jaba Dvali's flicked effort from a corner to do the same for his side.

The home side took the lead on 22 minutes, Canales putting Imamverdiyev through on goal with a headed pass and the forward finishing really well. Two minutes had elapsed when Neftçi doubled their advantage, Wobay dribbling in from the right wing and firing the ball inside the near post.

Zestafoni started the second half better and controlled possession for long periods, with Neftçi happy to sit back and play on the counter. The hosts' tactics reaped reward, taking their opponents by surprise with a rare foray forward midway through the second half, and Canales exploiting a fumble by Kvaskhvadze to seal the win.

Last updated: 18/07/12 0.01CET

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Lineups

neftçi

Neftçi

zestafoni

Zestafoni

1
R. MehdiyevRauf Mehdiyev (GK)
89
KvaskhvadzeRoin Kvaskhvadze (GK)
2
MelikovRail Melikov (C)
2
GongadzeTeimuraz Gongadze
5
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
Yellow Card32
4
SadjaiaEdik Sadjaia
6
SadygovRashad A. Sadygov
5
KobakhidzeMamuka Kobakhidze
9
FlavinhoFlavinho
Substitution62
9
GorgiashviliTornike Gorgiashvili
Yellow Card64
10
WobayJulius Wobay
Goal24
Yellow Card90
11
DvaliJaba Dvali
11
CanalesNicolás Canales
Goal63
14
SharikadzeLevan Sharikadze
15
RamosEric Ramos
18
MenteshashviliZurab Menteshashvili
16
Bruno BertucciBruno Bertucci
20
EliavaZaal Eliava
Substitution77
25
ImamverdiyevCavid Imamverdiyev
Goal22
Substitution77
55
AptsiauriTornike Aptsiauri (C)
Yellow Card40
Substitution66
32
YunuszadeElvin Yunuszade
Yellow Card53
Substitution70
80
SeunAbayomi Seun
Substitution59

Substitutes

30
StamenkovićSaša Stamenković (GK)
12
MamaladzeZurab Mamaladze (GK)
3
YunisoğluSaša Yunisoğlu
Substitution70
3
Tor. GrigalashviliTornike Grigalashvili
Substitution77
4
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
6
GrigalashviliTedore Grigalashvili
8
E. AbdullayevElshan Abdullayev
8
BabunashviliShota Babunashvili
17
AbdullayevAraz Abdullayev
Substitution62
10
MujiriDavid Mujiri
Substitution59
19
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov
Substitution77
21
SardalishviliMishiko Sardalishvili
28
MehdiyevEmin Mehdiyev
27
GuguchiaLuka Guguchia
Substitution66
Yellow Card85

Coach

Tarlan Ahmadov (AZE) Giorgi Chiabrishvili (GEO)

Referee

Marius Avram (ROU)

Assistant referees

Miklos Istvan Nagy (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Dragos Istrate (ROU)

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