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Žigić sets Serbia off and running

Published: Saturday 2 September 2006, 23.00CET
Serbia 1-0 Azerbaijan A second-half strike from Nikola Žigić ensured the home team marked their first competitive match with a narrow success.

Match statistics

SerbiaAzerbaijan

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
0
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners9
 
2
Fouls committed16
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 2 September 2006, 23.00CET

Žigić sets Serbia off and running

Serbia 1-0 Azerbaijan A second-half strike from Nikola Žigić ensured the home team marked their first competitive match with a narrow success.

A second-half strike from Nikola Žigić ensured Serbia marked their first competitive match with a narrow victory against Azerbaijan in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group A in Belgrade.

Žigić decisive
The home side were competing as a single nation for the first time following the dissolution of Serbia and Montenegro, who competed at the FIFA World Cup in Germany before dividing into two separate countries. The new-look Serbia had made the perfect start with a 3-1 friendly win in the Czech Republic in August, and Žigić's close-range header 18 minutes from time duly secured a second triumph for Javier Clemente's team.

Serbia on top
The Serbia coach kept faith with the majority of the players who had prevailed against the Czechs and the home side took control from the first whistle, Marko Pantelić and Danko Lazović both going close in the opening five minutes. The pattern continued as the half wore on, Dejan Stanković dictating play from the middle of the pitch, although Serbia struggled to break down a resilient Azerbaijan defence before half-time.

Headed winner
Pantelić again threatened in the early stages of the second period, and the hosts' sustained pressure finally paid off as the game entered its final 20 minutes. More good play by Stanković on the right wing created space for the FC Internazionale Milano midfielder to send in a low cross which Žigić nodded past the stranded figure of Farkhad Veliyev from in front of goal. Clemente's men carried on pushing forward in search of a second, but had done enough to secure victory and next visit Poland on Wednesday when Azerbaijan have home advantage against Kazakhstan.

Last updated: 02/09/06 23.45CET

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Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
1
VeliyevFarkhad Veliyev (GK)
3
LukovićAleksandar Luković
2
GashimovZaur Gashimov
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Yellow Card30
4
LadagaAndre Ladaga
Yellow Card75
Substitution77
5
StepanovMilan Stepanov
5
SokolovSergei Sokolov
7
KoromanOgnjen Koroman
Substitution64
6
BaxşiyevElmar Baxşiyev
Yellow Card20
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution74
8
A. KerimovAslan Kerimov (C)
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Substitution81
15
AbbasovRuslan Abbasov
Yellow Card65
10
StankovićDejan Stanković (C)
16
IsmaylovFarrukh Ismaylov
Substitution71
19
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Goal72
17
MuzikaYuri Muzika
Substitution62
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
19
ImamaliyevEmin Imamaliyev
21
MarkovićMarjan Marković
22
ChertoganovAleksandr Chertoganov

Substitutes

12
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
12
HasanzadeJahangir Hasanzade (GK)
2
ErgićIvan Ergić
Substitution74
9
Samir MusaevSamir Musaev
Substitution71
11
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Substitution81
18
GurbanovIlgar Gurbanov
Substitution62
22
S. IlićSaša Ilić
Substitution64
20
JavadovVagif Javadov
Substitution77
6
BiševacMilan Biševac
7
R. GuliyevRamin Guliyev
14
TrišovićAleksandar Trišović
11
R. AbbasovRamazan Abbasov
16
KovačevićNenad Kovačević
21
MelikovRail Melikov

Coach

Javier Clemente Lázaro (ESP) Shahin Diniyev (AZE)

Referee

Knut Kircher (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Harry Ehing (GER)

Fourth official

Michael Weiner (GER)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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