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Pieroni gives Belgium late cheer

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.54CET
Azerbaijan 0-1 Belgium
Luigi Pieroni scored the only goal in Baku to seal Belgium's fifth win of a disappointing Group A attempt.
Pieroni gives Belgium late cheer
Azerbaijan's Samir Abbasov holds off match-winner Luigi Pieroni ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AzerbaijanBelgium

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners2
 
9
Fouls committed4
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.54CET

Pieroni gives Belgium late cheer

Azerbaijan 0-1 Belgium
Luigi Pieroni scored the only goal in Baku to seal Belgium's fifth win of a disappointing Group A attempt.

Luigi Pieroni scored the only goal in Baku to seal Belgium's fifth win of a disappointing UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign.

Azerbaijan bottom
The visiting side enjoyed the better of the play at the Tofikh Bakhramov-Republic Stadium and Pieroni got their reward on 53 minutes. René Vandereycken's team finish fifth in Group A, with Azerbaijan bottom on five points from their 12 games.

Belgium press
Belgium began positively and midfielder Gill Swerts came close on 17 minutes, Azerbaijan goalkeeper Farkhad Veliyev doing well to keep out his 20-metre drive. Veliyev saved again five minutes later, catching Daniel Van Buyten's header following Swerts's dangerous set-piece. Azerbaijan were largely restricted to shots from distance with forward Zaur Ramazanov going closest with a strike that flashed narrowly wide on 37 minutes.

Pieroni goal
Belgium broke the deadlock after the interval when Pieroni pounced with an opportunist goal. Azerbaijan defender Rail Melikov blocked a header but Pieroni seized on the rebound and turned the ball into the bottom left corner. The 27-year-old missed an opening to double the advantage in the 65th minute when he screwed a close-range attempt wide after finding space in the box.

Late misses
Belgium controlled possession as the game wore on and it was not until the 85th minute that Azerbaijan finally worked a meaningful opportunity. Substitute Leandro Gomes got himself into a good position on the edge of the area yet shot wide. When, in added time, Branimir Subašić blazed over from a matter of metres, Azerbaijan's final chance had gone.

Last updated: 22/11/07 1.33CET

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Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Belgium

Belgium

1
VeliyevFarkhad Veliyev (GK)
21
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
5
MelikovRail Melikov
4
Van DammeJelle Van Damme
9
S. AbbasovSamir Abbasov
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten (C)
14
R. F. SadygovRashad F. Sadygov (C)
2
GilletGuillaume Gillet
17
R. GuliyevRamin Guliyev
15
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
7
M.GurbanovMakhmud Gurbanov
17
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Yellow Card81
8
A. KerimovAslan Kerimov
Substitution84
19
GrégoireChristophe Grégoire
Substitution68
15
MaharramovJemshid Maharramov
Substitution77
20
SwertsGill Swerts
22
TagizadeZaur Tagizade
Yellow Card27
Substitution70
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
Yellow Card35
Substitution46
10
RamazanovZaur Ramazanov
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
20
SubašićBranimir Subašić
11
PieroniLuigi Pieroni
Yellow Card41
Goal52
Substitution81

Substitutes

23
R. MehdiyevRauf Mehdiyev (GK)
1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK)
2
LadagaAndre Ladaga
7
HarounFaris Haroun
4
E. AliyevElvin Aliyev
8
GoorBart Goor
Substitution68
6
BaxşiyevElmar Baxşiyev
9
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution81
11
GomesLeandro Gomes
Substitution70
14
De ManMark De Man
19
PonomarevAnatoli Ponomarev
Substitution77
25
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution46
21
MammadovKhagani Mammadov
Substitution84
6
OvermeireKillian Overmeire

Coach

Gjokica Hadzievski (MKD) René Vandereycken (BEL)

Referee

Asaf Kenan (ISR)

Assistant referees

Ezra Bason (ISR), Abed Alramili (ISR)

Fourth official

Meir Levi (ISR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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