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Azerbaijan deny Malta rare victory

Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 19.53CET
Malta 2-2 Azerbaijan
Despite dominating possession throughout, the visitors had to battle back from behind to claim a draw against hardworking Malta.
by Domenic & Anne Aquilina
from National Stadium, Ta' Qali

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Match statistics

MaltaAzerbaijan

Goals scored2
 
2
Possession (%)34
 
66
Total attempts9
 
21
on target3
 
8
off target2
 
7
blocked4
 
6
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
10
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
5
Fouls suffered4
 
13

Standings

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Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 19.53CET

Azerbaijan deny Malta rare victory

Malta 2-2 Azerbaijan
Despite dominating possession throughout, the visitors had to battle back from behind to claim a draw against hardworking Malta.

  • Rahid Amirguliyev scores twice for Azerbaijan
  • Michael Mifsud claims 40th goal of his international career
  • Alfred Effiong puts Malta into lead in 71st minute
  • Honours even in Malta's 100th UEFA European Championship outing
  • Next games: Azerbaijan v Italy, Norway v Malta (10 October)

Rahid Amirguliyev scored twice as Azerbaijan claimed a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw against Malta, who remain bottom of Group H.

Azerbaijan were the more effective side throughout the first half, enjoying 67% of possession before the break and took the lead in the 36th minute as a blocked Dmitri Nazarov snapshot fell to Amirguliyev, whose strike took a deflection to wrong-foot Andrew Hogg in the Malta goal.

The guests continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession following the restart, but Malta were looking dangerous on the break and regained parity in the 55th minute thanks to a superb finish from captain Michael Mifsud – the 40th goal of his international career – following good work from André Schembri.

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Alfred Effiong holds off Arif Dashdemirov

The visitors almost hit back in the 64th minute through Ruslan Gurbanov, only for Hogg to parry his close-range effort onto the bar, and seven minutes later it was Malta who took the lead through Alfred Effiong, who latched onto a Schembri pass before powering the ball past Kamran Agayev.

However, Azerbaijan refused to panic and in the 80th minute Amirguliyev scored his second of the night – a well-placed low drive from just outside the box – to level the scores and earn his team a share of the points.

Last updated: 08/09/15 0.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014002/postmatch/report/index.html#azerbaijan+held+malta

Lineups

Malta

Malta

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
1
K. AgayevKamran Agayev (GK)
2
A. MuscatAlex Muscat
2
GarayevGara Garayev
5
AgiusAndrei Agius
3
MirzabekovMagomed Mirzabekov
7
FaillaClayton Failla
Substitution85
5
HüseynovBadavi Hüseynov
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa
10
R. GurbanovRuslan Gurbanov
Substitution81
9
MifsudMichael Mifsud (C)
Goal55
Substitution62
13
NazarovDmitri Nazarov
Substitution70
11
R. MuscatRowen Muscat
14
R. F. SadygovRashad F. Sadygov (C)
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
19
AmirguliyevRahid Amirguliyev
Goal36
Goal80
15
S. BorgSteve Borg
20
TaghiyevJavid Taghiyev
17
R. CamilleriRyan Camilleri
Substitution80
21
DashdemirovArif Dashdemirov
19
EffiongAlfred Effiong
Yellow Card45+1
Goal71
22
IsmayilovAfran Ismayilov
Substitution72

Substitutes

23
BonelloHenry Bonello (GK)
23
S. AgayevSalahat Agayev (GK)
12
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
12
A. MammadovAgil Mammadov (GK)
3
J. ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
Substitution80
4
PashayevPavlo Pashayev
4
SciberrasGareth Sciberras
6
SadygovRashad A. Sadygov
Substitution70
6
Clyde BorgClyde Borg
7
А. AbdullayevAraz Abdullayev
Substitution72
10
CohenAndrew Cohen
Substitution62
8
EddyEddy
14
TriganzaJean-Pierre Triganza
9
KurbanovMagomed Kurbanov
16
T. VellaTerence Vella
11
R. AliyevRauf Aliyev
Substitution81
18
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
15
AbışovRuslan Abışov
20
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
Substitution85
16
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
21
BaldacchinoClifford Baldacchino
17
NadirovVüqar Nadirov
22
Z. MuscatZach Muscat
18
JafarovElnur Jafarov

Coach

Pietro Ghedin (MLT) Robert Prosinečki (CRO)

Referee

Harald Lechner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT), Andreas Staudinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Alexander Harkam (AUT), Julian Weinberger (AUT)

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