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Gurbanov earns surprise point

Published: Wednesday 12 February 2003, 19.01CET
Serbia and Montenegro 2-2 Azerbaijan The visitors battle back from a two-goal deficit.

Match statistics

Serbia and MontenegroAzerbaijan

Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Wednesday 12 February 2003, 19.01CET

Gurbanov earns surprise point

Serbia and Montenegro 2-2 Azerbaijan The visitors battle back from a two-goal deficit.

Azerbaijan battled back from a two-goal deficit for a surprise point in their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying match against the newly named Serbia and Montenegro in Podgorica today.

Gurbanov double
In the first full international since the change of the country's name from Yugoslavia earlier this week, coach Dejan Savicevic was hoping for a win to close the gap on Group 9 leaders Wales to just two points. Victory would also have taken his team three points clear of third-placed Italy but a second-half double from Gurban Gurbanov dashed those hopes.

Mijatovic penalty
Things appeared to be going to plan in the early stages when Predrag Mijatovic converted a 34th-minute penalty after Nikola Lazetic had been brought down in the area. However, the Azerbaijani team were in determined mood, despite missing four regular starters following a dispute between their clubs and the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, and made it to half-time without conceding again.

Advantage doubled
Yet the Serbo-Montenegrin side started the second half brightly and soon doubled their advantage. Influential midfield player Lazetic, who signed for S.S. Lazio at the end of last month, broke through on the right and made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Yet Asgar Abdullayev's men refused to accept defeat and cut the deficit when Gurbanov made the most of hesitancy in the Serbo-Montenegrin defence to find the net seven minutes later.

Crowd shocked
With 12 minutes to play, Gurbanov stunned the 8,000-strong crowd by scoring his second of the night after robbing Nenad Djordjevic of possession. The visitors hung on until the end to claim their first point in four Group 9 qualifiers although they still remain rooted to the bottom of the table. The result means Wales now have a four-point cushion before the group’s next matches on 29 March when the Welsh welcome the Azeris and Finland travel to Italy.

Last updated: 13/02/03 9.40CET

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Lineups

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
JevrićDragoslav Jevrić (GK)
12
HasanzadeJahangir Hasanzade (GK)
Yellow Card52
2
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević
4
AkhmedovTarlan Akhmedov (C)
3
BunjevčevićGoran Bunjevčević
5
E. GuliyevEmin Guliyev
5
DudićMilan Dudić
6
K. GuliyevKamal Guliyev
6
BoškovićBranko Bošković
7
M.GurbanovMakhmud Gurbanov
Substitution90+3
7
LazetićNikola Lazetić
Goal52
Substitution74
8
Ramiz MammadovRamiz Mammadov
8
MijatovićPredrag Mijatović (C)
Goal33
Substitution70
9
Gurban GurbanovGurban Gurbanov
Goal58
Goal77
9
MiloševićSavo Milošević
10
ImamaliyevEmin Imamaliyev
10
StankovićDejan Stanković
14
R. F. SadygovRashad F. Sadygov
Yellow Card29
11
VukićZvonimir Vukić
16
IsmaylovFarrukh Ismaylov
Yellow Card44
Substitution55
14
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution59
17
AliyevSamir Aliyev
Substitution87

Substitutes

12
JilićDragan Jilić (GK)
1
MahammadovHuseyn Mahammadov (GK)
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Substitution59
3
F. MamedovFizuli Mamedov
Substitution90+3
15
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Substitution70
11
MammadovKhagani Mammadov
Substitution87
17
MarkovićMarjan Marković
Substitution74
18
Ruslan MusayevRuslan Musayev
Substitution55
13
N. BrnovićNenad Brnović
2
GashimovZaur Gashimov
16
MarkoskiJovan Markoski
13
YadullayevIlham Yadullayev
18
DmitrovićBoban Dmitrović
15
HajievAftandil Hajiev

Coach

Dejan Savićević (MNE) Asgar Abdullayev (AZE)

Referee

Jacek Granat (POL)

Assistant referees

Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Konrad Sapela (POL)

Fourth official

Krzysztof Slupik (POL)

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