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Azerbaijan hit back to dent Belgium hopes

Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 20.57CET
Azerbaijan 1-1 Belgium
The visitors squandered several chances and were made to pay as Rauf Aliyev equalised late on to leave Belgium's hopes in the balance.
Azerbaijan hit back to dent Belgium hopes
Belgium's Romelu Lukaku takes on Agil Nabiyev of Azerbaijan as the points were shared in Baku ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AzerbaijanBelgium

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts5
 
17
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
10
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
7
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
14

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 20.57CET

Azerbaijan hit back to dent Belgium hopes

Azerbaijan 1-1 Belgium
The visitors squandered several chances and were made to pay as Rauf Aliyev equalised late on to leave Belgium's hopes in the balance.

A Rauf Aliyev equaliser four minutes from time earned Azerbaijan a share of the spoils against a Belgium side who let slip two vital points in Group A.

Despite a bright opening from the visitors, the match was still goalless at half-time and although Timmy Simons soon changed that from the penalty spot, Azerbaijan hit back in the closing stages. The result means Belgium are now a point behind second-placed Turkey, who have three games left to two for Georges Leekens's side.

Belgium started well, enjoying the majority of possession, but Azerbaijan threatened first via Vagif Javadov's opportunistic seventh-minute effort. Axel Witsel countered, but his header was easily handled by Kamran Agayev. As the game settled down, the visitors became more dominant and were soon camped in their opponents' half.

Midway through the first period, Dries Mertens had to opportunity to put Romelu Lukaku in one-on-one with Agayev, but mis-hit his pass. Belgium No1 Simon Mignolet was then called into action again, getting down well to save Rashad F. Sadygov's well-struck free-kick. However, it was his opposite number who was soon in action again as Agayev showed great reactions to parry away Witsel's header.

The breakthrough came ten minutes after the break when home captain Sadygov brought down Eden Hazard. Simons confidently converted the spot kick and Belgium stayed on the front foot as they seeked to secure the points. Toby Alderweireld fired just wide from distance with 15 minutes remaining, but as the clock wound down, Azerbaijan put Mignolet's goal under siege, earning a succession of set pieces.

Their reward came in the 86th minute when Mahir Shukurov delivered a gorgeous right-wing cross and Aliyev, completely unmarked at the far post, headed in easily. Belgium tried to respond, but Witsel and Alderweireld could not take advantage of their final openings leaving the visitors with it all to do to qualify for UEFA EURO 2012 as they sit out Tuesday's games.

Last updated: 03/09/11 0.50CET

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Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Belgium

Belgium

1
AgayevKamran Agayev (GK)
1
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
4
ShukurovMahir Shukurov
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
5
AllahverdiyevElnur Allahverdiyev
Yellow Card70
3
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
7
JavadovVagif Javadov
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
Yellow Card30
8
ChertoganovAleksandr Chertoganov
Substitution83
5
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Yellow Card77
11
AliyevRauf Aliyev
Goal86
6
SimonsTimmy Simons
Goal55
13
V. HuseynovVurğun Huseynov
7
HazardEden Hazard
14
R. F. SadygovRashad F. Sadygov (C)
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Yellow Card41
15
AbışovRuslan Abışov
Substitution63
9
LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution61
16
NabiyevAgil Nabiyev
Yellow Card55
10
WitselAxel Witsel
22
IsmayilovAfran Ismayilov
Substitution58
11
MertensDries Mertens

Substitutes

23
PopovichAndriy Popovich (GK)
12
J. GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
2
MelikovRail Melikov
13
CimanLaurent Ciman
3
YunisoğluSaša Yunisoğlu
14
De CamargoIgor De Camargo
Substitution61
6
SadygovRashad A. Sadygov
15
HubertDavid Hubert
10
SubašićBranimir Subašić
Substitution83
17
VossenJelle Vossen
19
AmirguliyevRahid Amirguliyev
Substitution63
19
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja
21
MammadovElshan Mammadov
Substitution58
Yellow Card82
20
Van DammeJelle Van Damme

Coach

Berti Vogts (GER) Georges Leekens (BEL)

Referee

Lee Probert (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Richardson (ENG), Simon Beck (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

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